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Al Capone Does My Homework
Contributor(s): Choldenko, Gennifer
ISBN: 0803734727     ISBN-13: 9780803734722
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
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Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: August 2013
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Annotation: Moose Flanagan, who lives on Alcatraz Island in the 1930s along with his family and the families of the other prison guards, faces new challenges when his father is promoted to the position of Associate Warden.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Swindlers and swindling; Fiction.
Fires; Fiction.
Autism; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical | United States
- Juvenile Fiction | Law & Crime
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2012039138
Lexile Measure: 570
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Al Capone
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.00" W x 1.00" (0.80 lbs) 212 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 160217
Reading Level: 3.7   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 7.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q60917
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 11.0
 
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Contributor Bio(s): Gennifer Choldenko is the New York Times bestselling and Newbery Honor Award-winning author of ten children's books, including Notes From a Liar and Her Dog, If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period, No Passengers Beyond this Point, Al Capone Does My Shirts, Al Capone Shines My Shoes, and Al Capone Does My Homework. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring)
It's 1936: Moose Flanagan (Al Capone Does My Shirts) is now thirteen, and his father has been promoted to associate warden of Alcatraz. When Moose dozes off while babysitting and wakes to discover that the family apartment is on fire, blame settles on his autistic sister, Natalie. But Moose suspects arson. Choldenko's novel is a multifaceted mix of history, mystery, intrigue, and humor.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2013 #4)
It's 1936: Moose Flanagan (Al Capone Does My Shirts; Al Capone Shines My Shoes, rev. 9/09) is now thirteen years old, and his father has been promoted to associate warden of Alcatraz. Moose is wracked with guilt when he dozes off while babysitting his sister, Natalie, and wakes to discover that the family apartment is on fire. Blame settles on Natalie, who is autistic and has never been tolerated, let alone embraced, by many in the island's community. But Moose suspects arson, worried that his father's new position at the prison means targeting by the dangerous Alcatraz convicts, who always seem to have a sphere of influence reaching far beyond their tiny prison cells. Moose gradually comes to realize that his father has enemies on both sides of the bars. Choldenko's multifaceted novel offers something for everyone -- history, mystery, intrigue, and humor. Ultimately, though, it's this extremely likable boy working through friendships and crushes, on the one hand, and wrestling with family and community problems, on the other, that has held our attention through three books. jonathan hunt

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 May #3)

This final installment in the life of Moose Flanagan, a boy who lives on Alcatraz Island during the 1930s, brings Choldenko's trilogy to a satisfying conclusion. The story opens with good news: Moose's father, Cam, has been promoted to associate warden of the island's infamous prison. But the new job makes Cam a target, and the family feels the backlash immediately when a suspicious fire breaks out at their apartment while Moose and his developmentally disabled sister, Natalie, are home alone. A malicious neighbor suggests Natalie started the blaze, inciting problems with the special boarding school Natalie attends. Mean-while, money is changing hands in odd ways around the island, and inmate No. 85 (Capone) sends Moose another cryptic note, written on Moose's homework ("Luckily, he wrote in pencil"), which helps Moose and his affable gang sort the good guys from the bad. Choldenko continues to infuse the Alcatraz community with warmth and originality (the kids play "rock, newspapers, shiv"). Despite being "the roughest hard-time prison in America," by the end of this winning series, it's also a place Moose comes to proudly call home. Ages 10–up. (Aug.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 June)

Gr 6–8—This conclusion to the trilogy picks up four months after Al Capone Shines My Shoes (Dial, 2009). Moose still feels the burden of looking out for his loved ones: protecting his father, newly promoted to Associate Warden; and caring for sister, whose latest challenge is learning to make eye contact with people. One night when he is babysitting Natalie, a fire breaks out in the family's apartment. Moose fears it's his fault because he fell asleep, and the resentful Trixle family blames Natalie. Moose and the Alcatraz kids (Piper, Annie, Jimmy, and Theresa) band together to find out what really caused the fire. Adding to the mystery, island residents are suddenly receiving anonymous gifts. Multiple reveals keep the pages turning quickly. Choldenko is unsurpassed at interweaving plot with historical detail, drawing a touching parallel between Natalie and first-term President Franklin Roosevelt. She uses Capone's celebrity status as a foil to Moose's father, which helps the 13-year-old appreciate his father's understated strengths. The trilogy ends on an uplifting note for Moose and Natalie. Choldenko hints that Natalie's math skills could lead to a meaningful life for her and Moose won't always have the weight of the world on his shoulders. His dad reassures him: "All you can do is try to inspire each person to be their best self." While the book ably stands alone, it delivers a satisfying conclusion to readers who've grown fond of this cast of characters.—M. Kozikowski, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY

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