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Al Capone Does My Homework

Gennifer Choldenko. Dial, $17.99 (224p) ISBN 978-0-8037-3472-2
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.)
Reviewed on: 05/20/2013
Release date: 08/20/2013
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-4676-5971-0
Paperback - 214 pages - 978-0-14-242522-0
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+Delivers a satisfying conclusion to readers who’ve grown fond of this cast of characters.” — School Library Journal

“Rich characterization, tender drama, and sleuthworthy clues, this poignant mystery makes for a thoroughly satisfying conclusion to the landmark historical trilogy.” — Booklist, starred review

“Choldenko consistently excels at penning pitch-perfect dialogue and balancing a large cast of original characters, and this title is no exception….A satisfying finale to what has become a cornerstone series in contemporary children’s literature.” — Kirkus Reviews

“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.” — The Horn Book

“Choldenko continues to infuse the Alcatraz community with warmth and originality. . .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.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Choldenko’s storytelling is compelling, portraying human decency as a force more powerful than heroism.” — Newsday

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