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Al Capone Throws Me a Curve DGS Edition
Contributor(s): Choldenko, Gennifer
ISBN: 1101938161     ISBN-13: 9781101938164
Publisher: Yearling Books
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Product Type: Paperback
Published: May 2019
Annotation: 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.

Don't miss the rest of the Tales from Alcatraz series!
Al Capone Does My Shirts
Al Capone Shines My Shoes
Al Capone Does My Homework
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Autism; Fiction.
Brothers and sisters; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical | United States
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Adolescence
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Siblings
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2019014122
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Al Capone
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 5.25" W x 0.75" (0.35 lbs) 226 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
When his sister's attempt to secure a spot for him on the varsity baseball team backfires, Moose takes the blame. Meanwhile, a prison strike jeopardizes the warden's leadership. As both plot strands work toward their resolutions, Moose realizes that family is more important than baseball. This fourth Tale from Alcatraz (Al Capone Does My Shirts etc.) continues to effectively develop both the vivid historical setting and the tightly woven Alcatraz community. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #4)
With high school looming in the fall, Moose is determined to make the varsity baseball team; if he can offer tangible proof that he knows Al Capone, his chances improve dramatically. His older sister, Natalie, whose brain isn't "wired like everyone else's," accompanies him to summer practices, where she first falls head over heels for a player, then brings a gun in an effort to impress the captain and secure Moose's spot on the team. True to form (and not without resentment), Moose takes the blame. Meanwhile, a prison strike on Alcatraz places the warden's leadership on shaky ground, and with the supervising board set to visit, rumors swirl that Moose's father could be in line to take over the top post. As both plot strands work toward their resolutions, Moose realizes that his family is more important than baseball. Natalie, in particular, comes into her own in this book; she is growing up, developing her potential, experiencing adolescence, and working toward independence. In this fourth Tale from Alcatraz (Al Capone Does My Shirts and sequels), Choldenko continues to effectively develop the vivid historical setting (explained in greater depth in the back matter) as well as the tightly woven community of guards, family members, and prisoners. jonathan hunt Copyright 2018 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 March)

Gr 5–7—In this fourth book in the series, Moose faces a busy summer. While his sister Natalie is maturing and Alcatraz is in the midst of a Bureau of Prison inspection, Moose is struggling to keep Piper out of trouble and vying to be on the high school baseball team. He evolves from a pushover to an assertive young man, who, after a pivotal scene with Al Capone, tells his father the truth about events and stands up to the captain of the baseball team. Natalie grows up, too, offering keen observations about her mother and herself and demonstrating an increased ability to cope with stressful situations. The other characters are less developed, yet Choldenko creates a believable community of flawed individuals. Choldenko provides photographs and historical context for her fictional account in a detailed afterword. VERDICT A powerful story of love and family that will please fans and newcomers.—Hilary Writt, Sullivan University, Lexington, KY

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.