Thursday, October 15, 2009
Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko
Moose is back, along with the whole Alcatraz gang! Moose's family lives on Alcatraz where his father is an officer at Alcatraz prison. When we last left Moose in Al Capone Shines Does My Shorts, his special needs sister Natlie had just been accepted into the Esther P. Marinoff School...perhaps with some pull from prisoner Al Capone!
Now, Natalie is doing well in school, but it seems Al Capone wants a favor in return.
What I Thought:
A very strong historical fiction novel. This book is set in 1935 when Alacatraz was a busy prison filled with mobsters that remained in the headlines. Choldenko once again does a fantastic job bringing her readers into Moose's world and what it was like to grow up on this island.
There is a lot more interaction in this book with the inmates, as Moose gets to meet Capone and some of the other inmates as they are working on the island. Baseball is still plays a vital role in the story and there's even a little romance!
I don't know if Choldenko plans to continue Moose's story, but I sure hope she does!
Book also includes an author's note regarding her research and her characters.
Highly recommended, but make sure that you have read Al Capone Does My Shorts first!
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Reviewed from a library copy.