Al Capone Does My Shirts

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Bibliographic Information:Choldenko, Gennifer. Al Capone Does My Shirts. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2004. Print.

Brief Annotation: Moose lives on Alcatraz Island with his family which includes his older sister, Natalie. Natalie needs help getting into a special school for children who have developmental disabilities. Can Moose get help from Alcatraz’s most famous inmate?

Genre: historical fiction

Grade Level: 4-7

Readers who will like this: Students who like reading about Alcatraz, students who have a family member who has special needs.

Rating/Response: 5 This is a book that I read when I was in fifth grade. I really enjoyed it then, and still enjoy it now. The author captures the voice of a middle grade boy perfectly. Moose’s story would be enjoyed by many middle grade students.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What do you think it would it be like to live on prison property?

Posted by: Maria Muellerleile

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