Monday, September 6, 2010

Children of Alcatraz: Growing Up on the Rock by Claire Rudolf Murphy

Reviewed by Mrs. Bruno at Arongen

After reading Al Capone Does My Shirts, I wanted to know more about the children who lived on Alcatraz. This book gives a history of the island from as early as the 1700's to the present. In all stages of history children have grown up on the island. The island was used by the U.S. Army as a military post and a military prison . Then it became the U.S. Penitentiary and now it is a National Historic Park. Read how there was a lighthouse and the children helped keep the light burning for the sailors. Learn how children entertained themselves and how there was even a bowling alley on the island.

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