Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

March 12th, 2013 by

al-capone-does-my-shirtsSubmitted by Sydney, Age 11 from Rhode Island

spoiler-alertRating: ★★★★★

Al Capone Does My Shirts by, Gennifer Choldenko is a very well written book with twists and turns that you will never see coming. In the book, the setting is in 1935 and the main character is Moose Flannagan who is a baseball fanatic. Life isn’t easy if you’re Moose. For example, he has an older sister named Natalie who has mental problems(autism). The worst thing about Moose’s life is that he lives on Alcatraz with the biggest meanest criminals you can imagine. Of course, he didn’t choose to live here. His dad is a prison warden and with a reputation like that, you don’t get around a prison too good. There are barely any kids on Alcatraz besides Jimmy,Theresa, and Annie. Then the worst of all, Piper. Piper is the warden’s daughter so she thinks that she can do whatever she wants. Anyways, Natalie wants to get into this great school called the Esther P. Marrinoff school. When she applies, she gets turned down. Moose is furious! On top of that bad news, there is more. Moose recently found out that Al Capone, the worst criminal ever, does his laundry. Al happens to over hear Moose moaning about Natalie and decides to do something about it. A couple of days later, Natalie gets into the school. Moose is excited until he finds a note in his shirt. It said, your turn. What could this mean? Would Moose have to do a favor for the worst criminal ever? Well, you will have to read the rest to find out. My favorite part of this book is when Moose tries to teach Jimmy how to play baseball. I like this part because it is very funny. Therefore, if you like humor, mystery, criminals, and romance, you will love this book.

Kidsmomo Podcast #33: “New Kids on the Block”

September 14th, 2010 by

A new kid who conspires with a mobster. A new kid whose life changes because of a dog. And a new kid who makes Karen cry. Plus, meet the nuke kid, the nude kid, and the newt kid! We’ve got ’em all in our latest podcast, all about books starring “the new kid.”

(And be sure to stay tuned all the way to the end, to catch our lightning round competition based on this theme’s mystery book!)

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  • Al Capone on Al Catraz (get it?!) — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Our New Kid book picks (Libby on Wednesday and Bridge to Terabithia)
  • A New Kid book review from YOU (Because of Winn-Dixie)
  • Karen vs. Nancy in a speed battle of wits!

Also, don’t forget: our new theme is books about orphans — but don’t worry, they’re not all sad! So send us a review of your favorite book about an orphan and check out our picks for books about orphans.

— Karen and Nancy

Book Trailer: Al Capone Does My Shirts

September 7th, 2010 by

This book trailer for Al Capone Does My Shirts was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our The New Kid theme. For more on Al Capone Does My Shirts, check out our “New Kids on the Block” podcast.

If you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know it can be rough making new friends and learning how things work at your new school. But imagine how hard it would be if your new home were a prison — literally. That’s what the main character is up against in Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko!


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