Monday, November 9, 2009

AL Capone Shines My Shoes

This is the second in a series by Gennifer Choldenko. Joe and I really liked the first book, Al Capone Does My Shirts, which tells about the microworld of living in the small town of Alcatraz Island which had a laundromat, wood shop, dress shop, grocery store, cinema, etc. for the families of the guards and administration of America's top high security prisoners. The story is told from Moose, Matthew Flanagan, a twelve year old boy whose father accepts a job on Alcatraz to earn money to put Moose's big sister, Natalie in the Esther P. Marinoff's School for the Autistic.

Product Description

Moose and the cons are about to get a lot closer in this much-anticipated sequel.

It’s 1935. Moose Flanagan lives on Alcatraz with his family, the other families of the guards, and a few hundred no-name hit men, con men, mad dog murderers and a handful of bank robbers too. And one of those cons has just done him a big favor.

You see, Moose has never met Al Capone, but a few weeks ago Moose wrote a letter to him asking him to use his influence to get his sister, Natalie, into a school she desperately needs in San Francisco. After Natalie got accepted, a note appeared in Moose’s freshly laundered shirt that said: Done.

As this book begins, Moose discovers a new note. This one says: Your turn. Is it really from Capone? What does it mean? Moose can’t risk anything that might get his dad fired. But how can he ignore Al Capone?

Product Details

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; First Printing edition (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803734603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803734609