Al Capone Does My Shirts (Tales from Alcatraz Series #1)

Al Capone Does My Shirts (Tales from Alcatraz Series #1)

by Gennifer Choldenko
Al Capone Does My Shirts (Tales from Alcatraz Series #1)

Al Capone Does My Shirts (Tales from Alcatraz Series #1)

by Gennifer Choldenko


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The Newbery Honor Book and New York Times Bestseller that is historical fiction with a hint of mystery about living at Alcatraz not as a prisoner, but as a kid meeting some of the most famous criminals in our history. Al Capone Does My Shirts has become an instant classic for all kids to read!

Today I moved to Alcatraz, a twelve-acre rock covered with cement, topped with bird turd and surrounded by water. I'm not the only kid who lives here. There are twenty-three other kids who live on the island because their dads work as guards or cooks or doctors or electricians for the prison, like my dad does. And then there are a ton of murderers, rapists, hit men, con men, stickup men, embezzlers, connivers, burglars, kidnappers and maybe even an innocent man or two, though I doubt it. The convicts we have are the kind other prisons don't want. I never knew prisons could be picky, but I guess they can. You get to Alcatraz by being the worst of the worst. Unless you're me. I came here because my mother said I had to.

A Newbery Honor Book
A New York Times Bestseller
A People magazine "Best kid's Book"
An ALA Book for Young Adults
An ALA Notable Book
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Krikus Reviews Editor's Choice
A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Parents' Choice Silver Honor Book
A New York Public Library "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing" Selection
A New York Public Library Best Book for the Teen Age

*"Choldenko's pacing is exquisite. . . . [A] great read."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
*"Exceptionally atmospheric, fast-paced and memorable!"Publishers Weekly, starred review
*"The story, told with humor and skill, will fascinate readers."School Library Journal, starred review

"Al is the perfect novel for a young guy or moll who digs books by Gordon Korman, or Louis Sachar."Time Out New York for Kids

"Funny situations and plot twists abound!"People magazine

"Heartstopping in some places, heartrending in others, and most of all, it is heartwarming."San Francisco Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142403709
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/20/2006
Series: Tales from Alcatraz Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 25,400
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.70(d)
Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Gennifer Choldenko is the New York Times bestselling and Newbery Honor Award-winning author of ten children's books, including Notes From a Liar and Her Dog, If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period, No Passengers Beyond this Point, Al Capone Does My Shirts, Al Capone Shines My Shoes, and Al Capone Does My Homework. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

Table of Contents

Part 1
1.Devil's Island3
2.Errand Boy7
3.Trick Monkey13
4.American Laugh-Nosed Beet22
5.Murderers Darn My Socks29
7.Big for Seventh Grade42
8.Prison Guy Plays Ball48
9.Nice Little Church Boy53
10.Not Ready60
11.The Best in the Country64
12.What About the Electric Chair?71
13.One-Woman Commando Unit80
14.Al Capone's Baseball87
15.Looking for Scarface90
16.Capone Washed Your Shirts98
17.Baseball on Tuesday103
18.Not on My Team106
19.Daddy's Little Miss109
Part 2
21.It Never Rains on Monday125
22.Al Capone's Mama130
23.She's not Cute135
24.Like a Regular Sister140
25.My Gap143
26.Convict Baseball147
28.Tall for Her Age154
29.Convict Choir Boy159
31.My Dad171
32.The Button Box174
Part 3
33.The Sun and the Moon179
34.Happy Birthday186
35.The Truth192
37.Carrie Kelly199
38.What happened?205
39.The Warden212
40.Al Capone Does My Shirts215
Author's Note217

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"Choldenko's pacing is exquisite. . . . [A] great read."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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