Sunday, January 01, 2006
Al Capone does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko is on the 8th grade list. I read this book back in November, but never got around to discussing it in my blog. It was both funny and serious at the same time. The setting is during the 1930's, when Al Capone is a prisoner at Alcatraz. Well, curiously enough, the guards and their families really lived on the island of Alcatraz at that time, and this story is about a young man, and how he copes with a sister who has major problems (autisim?) and how he makes friends at his new school. It's a good read, with the family problems, gangsters, and Alcatraz looming in the background.