Al Capone Does My Shirts, Hardback Book
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Moose lives on Alcatraz Island, home to the notorious prison and the infamous gangster, Al Capone.

But living right down the street from theives and murderers is not Moose's only problem.

His Dad's always working and his mum expects him to look after his autistic sister, Natalie. And when Moose gets mixed up with Piper, the warden's daughter, he soon finds out that life on Alcatraz in far from straightforward.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
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  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9781405822794

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A Newbery Award winner, this novel tells the story of a boy whose father is a guard at Alcatraz. The guards' families including children actually live on the island. Most families felt safer there than living in San Francisco because the prison guards were always around.This is also a novel about the consequences for a family who have an autistic child. Moose Flanagan's sister is older than him and she is autistic. He resents the move to Alcatraz for it means he has to spend more time looking after his sister as he mother must now work. As he forms a more substantial relationship with his sister, he comes to understand her and what she needs. The reader learns much about what it was like to live beside the most famous prison in America plus the constraints on families living during the Great Depression for the novel is in 1935.

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