Saturday, September 4, 2010

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Reviewed by Mrs. Bruno at Arongen

The year is 1935 and Moose Flanagan has just moved to Alcatraz Island. In the time of an ecomonic depression, his dad is grateful to have a job there, even if it means working without a day off. Many families live on the rock surrounding the prison. There are kids on the island for Moose to get to know, but will they accept his disabled sister, Natalie? The prison warden has strict rules about how workers and families are to conduct themselves while living in close quarters with the prisoners. Moose tries to do the right thing, but the warden's daughter, Piper has some money-making scheme involving the notorious prisoner, Al Capone, that may land Moose in trouble. The consequence of being exposed could cost Moose's dad his job. When faced with this dilemma, will Moose make the right decision? Find out by reading Al Capone Does My Shirts and the sequel Al Capone Shines My Shoes.

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