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Al Capone Shines My Shoes

by Gennifer Choldenko

Al Capone Shines My Shoes
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    Sep 2009, 288 pages
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    Jan 2011, 288 pages

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The sequel to the celebrated children's novel, Al Capone Does My Shirts

Al Capone Shines My Shoes is the sequel to Choldenko's celebrated Al Capone Does My Shirts. Twelve-year old Moose Flanagan continues his account of life on the Rock and the conflicts and crises that beset the isolated community of cons, guards, mothers and kids who call it home. Moose's voice - so true, so funny, so boyish, so irreverant - will make you want to stand up and applaud Choldenko's bravura encore:

Alcatraz Island is shaped like a wedding cake with three tiers and lots of paths and stairs and switchbacks that lead from one level to the next. The parade ground where we play baseball… makes a pretty good field except for the wind. I can't tell you how irritating it is to hit a good ball and have the wind make it a foul.

…Piper flies down the steep switchback on her roller skates, her long hair streaming behind her, her dress flowing back so you can see the ...

Readers interested in Al Capone Shines My Shoes may want to start at the beginning with Al Capone Does My Shirts. Even though this one stands alone, readers will likely want to spend more time with Moose. His irresistible voice will draw in even the most reluctant readers, and is a welcome addition to the dearth of fiction attractive to 10-12 year old boys.

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