Return to Al Capone's Alcatraz with Newbery Honor-winning author Gennifer Choldenko in this charming addition to the beloved series about the son of a prison guard.Moose Flanagan lives on a famous island in California: Alcatraz, home to some of the most dangerous prisoners in the United States in the 1930s. It's the summer before he starts high school, and Moose is going to play a lot of baseball and win a spot on the high school team. But he still needs to watch his special older sister, Natalie--and then the warden asks Moose to look after his two-faced, danger-loving daughter, Piper. In the cell house there are rumors that the cons will a strike, and that Moose's father might step up to a new job. Moose is worried: What will this mean for their family, especially for Natalie, who's had some scary run-ins with prisoners? Then the unthinkable happens: Natalie winds up someplace she should never, ever go. And Moose has to rescue her....
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Al Capone Throws Me a Curve (Al Capone at Alcatraz #4) Reviews
When I saw the Advance Reader's Copy of the fourth book in the Al Capone series I immediately got in line for the give-away. I enjoyed all the books, but I think this one tugged at my heartstrings the most.
Moose desperately wants to get on the high school baseball team as a freshman and has the chance if he will produce something that has a connection to Al Capone and Alcatraz. In the meantime, Moose is given the responsibility of watching over the warden's trouble making daughter, Piper, and M ...more
Just love listening to this series. I’m thinking this might be the last one.
Review originally published 19 June 2018 at Falling Letters. I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Al Capone Does My Shirts was published in 2004, when I was in middle school. I remember seeing the book on my school library’s shelf. The title intrigued me, but I never picked it up because it wasn’t fantasy. Having just blazed through Al Capone Throws Me a Curve (the fourth book in the series), I realize I missed out by skipping the earlier books. Curve places a ...more
I have not read the other Al Capone novels—yet—so I don't know if one gains more from having read the others. It appeared to do an effective job of catching me up and I got to know the characters quickly. The plot was a little complicated but kept my interest, and I would recommend the book. What most impressed me was the Author's Note giving background on the time period, Al Capone, Alcatraz, and prison life.
The novel enticed me to garner a copy of Al Capone Does My Laundry, the first Tale fro ...more
What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:)
5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy at first but when consequences from previous actions started appearing in the plot, my memory was joggled and I remembered the main points. Similar to its predecessors, this one is about sticking with family, growing ...more
Love this series and how it presents the main character's autistic sister in such a realistic way. This fourth book had higher stakes and more drama. And, no, I don't care if it is a kids' book. It's a great story!
I love good historical middle grade series and Choldenko's Al Capone series is excellent. This newest installment is no exception. It's interesting, it's entertaining, it's funny, and it's heartfelt. Moose is an understated but irresistible hero—it's impossible not to root for his success. With a rich setting, a colorful cast, and several intriguing conflicts at its center, this book will appeal to both kids and adults. I highly recommend the whole series to historical fiction lovers of all ages ...more
I really enjoyed this series! I was a little lost at first, since it had been a few years when I read the first three books, but the characters and details quickly returned. I hope the authors continues this series, but this book does seem like a fitting end. The plot moved along at a good pace and there was just enough action to keep me interested and wanting to know more.