The Gardener of Alcatraz: A True Story

The Gardener of Alcatraz: A True Story

The Gardener of Alcatraz: A True Story

The Gardener of Alcatraz: A True Story


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A prisoner gardens his way to freedom in this inspiring picture-book biography.

When Elliott Michener was locked away in Alcatraz for counterfeiting, he was determined to defy the odds and bust out. But when he got a job tending the prison garden, a funny thing happened. He found new interests and skills—and a sense of dignity and fulfillment. Elliott transformed Alcatraz Island, and the island transformed him.

Told with empathy and a storyteller's flair, Elliott's story is funny, touching, and unexpectedly relevant. Back matter about the history of Alcatraz and the US prison system today invites meaningful discussion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623541606
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Publication date: 04/05/2022
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 130,451
Product dimensions: 11.38(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.42(d)
Lexile: 630L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Emma Bland Smith thinks the best thing about writing books is getting to visit lots of cool places for research—like Alcatraz. She is a public librarian, a book blogger, and the author of many children's books, including Journey: Based on the True Story of OR7, the Most Famous Wolf in the West.

Jenn Ely loves a well-told story. She works on animated projects for film and television and illustrates books, such as If You Were a Kid Building a Pyramid. Jenn believes in trying things that might not work because that's what makes you grow. @elyjenna
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