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Al Capone Does My Shirts
by Gennifer Choldenko
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 10 and up
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 600L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Putnam Juvenile
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2004
NO. PAGES: 240
GENRE{S}: Historical Fiction
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Male
SEQUEL: Al Capone Shines My Shoes
AWARD{S}:
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults
Newbery Honor
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
Kirkus Reviews - Best Children or Starred Review
ISBN: 0142403709
READ & REVIEWED BY: Shannon - StorySnoop


The Story
Al Capone Does My Shirts—Book Review

This book, set during the Depression, is about a boy named Moose whose family moves to Alcatraz Island, where his father works. It is a coming of age book which chronicles Moose’s struggle to fit into his new environment, the pain of having an autistic sibling, and typical twelve-year-old angst. Readers will relate to Moose and his love of baseball and universal themes of peer pressure and fitting in. This award winning book captures the struggles of early teen years that are timeless.
The Scoop
Al Capone Does My Shirts—Book Review
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While this book is a beautifully written novel, it is not for children under eleven, as the publisher originally listed. This is a coming of age book, and as with most of the books in this genre, it contains some mature content. In addition to a handful of potty words, there is a great deal of sexual innuendo (it is set in a men’s prison, after all). A female character strips for a male character, there is talk of “rapists,” and women are talked about in a sexual manner. Moose’s father gives him a beer. That said, this is a good book for the middle school age kids, full of interesting historical facts and characters you care for. It deals with autism frankly and realistically. Moose’s relationship with his beloved autistic sister is powerful and touching.
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by gleek:P {YOUTH}
on Thursday, August 5th, 2010 06:21:28 PM

Hi!! I'm a twelve year old girl and my friends and I loved this book and its sequel, Al Capone Shines My Shoes. We read the first book in our book club at school which has boys and girls (the boys liked the book too):) and I liked the first one so much that I read the second one on my own time. Among other themes, this book is about a boy living with an autistic sister who is older, yet he still has to take care of. I thought that was interesting, and a good way to understand about people who aren't the same as every one else.
by iluvchocolate {YOUTH}
on Friday, October 29th, 2010 10:35:42 PM

I am a tween and I love this book! I totally recommend this book for both boys and girls! Al Capone Does My Shirts is a book that I was up at like, 10:00 PM with a flashlight reading with my door closed behind my parent's backs to finish!
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Al Capone Does My Shirts—Book Review

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