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Al Capone Does My Shirts
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Puffin
Publication date April 20, 2006
Pages 228
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Juvenile Fiction
ISBN-13 9780142403709
ISBN-10 0142403709
Dimensions 0.75 by 5 by 7.75 in.
Weight 0.40 lbs.
Original list price $7.99
Other format details juvenile
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister Natalie. A Newbery Honor Book & ALA Notable Book. Reprint. Jr Lib Guild & Children's BOMC.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: The Newbery Honor Book and New York Times Bestseller that is historical fiction with a hint of mystery about living at Alcatraz not as a prisoner, but as a kid meeting some of the most famous criminals in our history. Al Capone Does My Shirts has become an instant classic for all kids to read!

Today I moved to Alcatraz, a twelve-acre rock covered with cement, topped with bird turd and surrounded by water. I'm not the only kid who lives here. There are twenty-three other kids who live on the island because their dads work as guards or cooks or doctors or electricians for the prison, like my dad does. And then there are a ton of murderers, rapists, hit men, con men, stickup men, embezzlers, connivers, burglars, kidnappers and maybe even an innocent man or two, though I doubt it. The convicts we have are the kind other prisons don't want. I never knew prisons could be picky, but I guess they can. You get to Alcatraz by being the worst of the worst. Unless you're me. I came here because my mother said I had to.

A Newbery Honor Book
A New York Times Bestseller
A People magazine "Best kid's Book"
An ALA Book for Young Adults
An ALA Notable Book
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Krikus Reviews Editor's Choice
A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Parents' Choice Silver Honor Book
A New York Public Library "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing" Selection
A New York Public Library Best Book for the Teen Age

*"Choldenko's pacing is exquisite. . . . [A] great read."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
*"Exceptionally atmospheric, fast-paced and memorable!"Publishers Weekly, starred review
*"The story, told with humor and skill, will fascinate readers."School Library Journal, starred review

"Al is the perfect novel for a young guy or moll who digs books by Gordon Korman, or Louis Sachar."Time Out New York for Kids

"Funny situations and plot twists abound!"People magazine

"Heartstopping in some places, heartrending in others, and most of all, it is heartwarming."San Francisco Chronicle




Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780399238611
 
Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (December 8, 2005)
9780786280438 | details & prices | 317 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | Rec. grade levels 4-6 | 1.05 lbs | List price $22.95
About: A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.
from Putnam Pub Group (March 1, 2004)
9780399238611 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | Rec. grade levels 4-6 | 0.80 lbs | List price $17.99
About: A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780142403709
 
The price comparison is for this edition
Reprint edition from Puffin (April 20, 2006)
9780142403709 | details & prices | 228 pages | 5.00 × 7.75 × 0.75 in. | Rec. grade levels 4-6 | 0.40 lbs | List price $7.99
About: A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780307582355
 
With Kirby Heyborne (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Listening Library (September 8, 2009)
9780307582355 | details & prices | 5.00 × 6.00 × 1.50 in. | Rec. grade levels 4-6 | 0.40 lbs | List price $30.00
About: 1935I want to be on Alcatraz like I want poison oak on my private parts.
Prebinding
Book cover for 9781417732319 Book cover for 9781435284654
 
Reprint edition from Paw Prints (April 9, 2009)
9781435284654 | details & prices | 228 pages | Rec. grade levels 4-6 | List price $15.99
About: FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY.
from Turtleback Books (April 20, 2006)
9781417732319 | details & prices | 5.25 × 7.75 × 0.50 in. | Rec. grade levels 4-6 | 0.65 lbs | List price $17.20
About: A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.

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