Moose is often relied on to take care of his sister by taking her places and watching her. Moose’s Mom spends much of her time tending to Natalie’s needs, and not a lot of time tending to Moose’s needs. Moose’s Dad is not super involved in Moose’s life.
Moose becomes friends with the few kids on “the rock”, as Alcatraz is called. The head warden’s daughter, Piper, is a cute girl, but she’s trouble. It seems whenever she’s around, Moose gets into trouble.
Moose just wants to play baseball, and try to fit in. Will he be able to do that? Read Al Capone Does My Shirts to find out.
Note: This fiction book is complemented by the nonfiction book Children of Alcatraz: Growing Up on the Rock by Claire Rudolf Murphy (not in the Harvest Park library at this time)
Genre: historical fiction
Tags: Alcatraz, Al Capone, family, autism, siblings, friends, California, prisons
Author website: Gennifer Choldenko
Series: This book is the first book of two in the Al Capone on Alcatraz series.
A/R Reading level: 5.0
Interest level: Grades 5-8
Link to Harvest Park Library catalog: Al Capone Does My Shirts