Al Capone Shines My Shoes

al capone shines my shoesAuthor: Gennifer Choldenko

Sequel to: Al Capone Does My Shirts

My rating: 4.5 of 5

Alcatraz Island, 1935: Al Capone has done Moose Flanagan the favor of getting Moose’s autistic sister, Natalie, into a special school. Now it’s time for Moose to return the favor. This story is a great blend of the unusual–living in the closely-knit community of Alcatraz in the midst of the Depression–with the everyday–balancing friendships and family, making hard choices, and just enjoying a game of baseball. Whatever the situation, Choldenko’s presentation of Moose is spot-on 12-year-old boy. Al Capone Shines My Shoes is light and fun, but also includes adventure and some serious issues. It is a well-balanced and enjoyable read that I would recommend to anyone, but particularly to younger readers looking for a fun way to learn some history.

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