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Al Capone Does My Shirts [Kindle Edition]

Gennifer Choldenko
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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'warm and tender...believable and realistic' Express 'this engaging tale develops its characters subtly and skilfully' Sunday Times 'Gennifer Choldenko is a bright light in ... teenage fiction, and Al Capone Does My Shirts is one of her best.' The Independent 'This book is a masterpiece ... Al Capone Does My Shirts is wonderfully told and deserves praise galore' Guardian

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'warm and tender...believable and realistic' Express 'this engaging tale develops its characters subtly and skilfully' Sunday Times 'Gennifer Choldenko is a bright light in ... teenage fiction, and Al Capone Does My Shirts is one of her best.' The Independent 'This book is a masterpiece ... Al Capone Does My Shirts is wonderfully told and deserves praise galore' Guardian

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 453 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0747568987
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens; 1 edition (19 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DB3EWD4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #92,300 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Between a Rock and a Hard Place 25 Mar 2005
By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
On January 4, 1935, Matthew "Moose" Flanagan and family leave the comforts of Santa Monica for life on Alactraz Island in the San Francisco Bay. Moose's 15-year-old sister Nat has severe autism (the term autism was not coined until 1943) and her behavior fits the classic profile of Kanner's, or classic/infantile autism. She is preoccupied with her button collection; she counts objects and creatures in her environment and has memorized page numbers in book indices and tables of contents. Devoted to routine, she has meltdowns when unexpected changes are introduced. Her speech is primarily echolalic. She also has a flair for numbers.

Their father accepted a job as an electrician and sometime guard at the infamous prison and their mother keeps insisting Nat is 10 so as to stave off the encroachment of time. The rationale for this is to ensure the girl a place in a special school that has recently opened in San Francisco.

Moose, despite his challenges on the home front appears to have adjusted well. He takes the daily ferry with the other children who live on the island to the public school in the city. An avid baseball enthusiast, Moose falls in with a group of boys who love the sport as much as he does.

Moose's second biggest problem after minding his older sister is the warden's daughter, Piper. A sneaky snitch, she has a bizarre attraction to notoriety and will do just about anything to meet Al Capone, notorious gangster and probably the most infamous prisoner in Alcatraz. She hatches a scheme to have the prisoners launder her classmates' clothing; the catch here is that she sells this service as "having your clothes washed by Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I chose this rating because it really showed how life was to have an autistic sister and all that their parents or siblings do to keep them happy. It has a great and surprising ending that really made me want to read the next to books. I truly recommend this book to anybody above 10 because it has some complicated feelings in the book. I am currently waiting for the next two books to arrive I can not wait (Al Capone Shines my Shoes, Al Capone Does my Homework).
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Between a Rock and a Hard Place 25 Mar 2005
By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
On January 4, 1935, Matthew "Moose" Flanagan and family leave the comforts of Santa Monica for life on Alactraz Island in the San Francisco Bay. Moose's 15-year-old sister Nat has severe autism (the term autism was not coined until 1943 by Dr. Leo Kanner) and her behavior fits the classic profile of Kanner's, or classic/infantile autism. She is preoccupied with her button collection; she counts objects and creatures in her environment and has memorized page numbers in book indices and tables of contents. Devoted to routine, she has meltdowns when unexpected changes are introduced. Her speech is primarily echolalic. She also has a flair for numbers.

Their father accepted a job as an electrician and sometime guard at the infamous prison and their mother keeps insisting Nat is 10 so as to stave off the encroachment of time. The rationale for this is to ensure the girl a place in a special school that has recently opened in San Francisco.

Moose, despite his challenges on the home front appears to have adjusted well. He takes the daily ferry with the other children who live on the island to the public school in the city. An avid baseball enthusiast, Moose falls in with a group of boys who love the sport as much as he does.

Moose's second biggest problem after minding his older sister is the warden's daughter, Piper. A sneaky snitch, she has a bizarre attraction to notoriety and will do just about anything to meet Al Capone, notorious gangster and probably the most infamous prisoner in Alcatraz. She hatches a scheme to have the prisoners launder her classmates' clothing; the catch here is that she sells this service as "having your clothes washed by Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic book, great read! 19 Feb 2010
By Strat
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my sister's birthday and she loved it. I remember reading it in school in Year 9 and I loved it because it is so easy to get into. Since purchasing it, three members of the family have read it and loved it so it is certainly popular. The characters are really great and the plot is superb. This really is an excellent book!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant read but... 30 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If I am being honest with you, dear readers, I found this book hard to like during the opening couple of pages and considered abandoning it out right. However, my persistence was duly rewarded by the charming, albeit simplistic and predictable end. The characters of Alcatraz are a juxtaposition of personalities and none particularly stood out to me. Whilst it is evident that Moose cares for his sister and carries the weight of a families responsibility on his shoulders, I found it tough, at times, to empathise with him. For me, this story was a pleasant read but left me feeling that too many loose ends remainder inside and avenues of possibilities and adventure, such as con 105 aiding Natalie's education, were laid waste to predictable endings. In summary, it was a pleasant read. Would I recommend it? Perhaps. Would I rush out to buy the sequel? Unlikely.
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