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Al Capone Shines My Shoes | [Gennifer Choldenko]

Al Capone Shines My Shoes

It's 1935. Moose Flanagan lives on Alcatraz with his family, the other families of the guards, and a few hundred no-name hit men, con men, mad dog murderers and a handful of bank robbers too. And one of those cons has just done him a big favor. You see, Moose has never met Al Capone, but a few weeks ago Moose wrote a letter to him asking him to use his influence to get his sister, Natalie, into a school she desperately needs in San Francisco.
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Publisher's Summary

Moose and the cons are about to get a lot closer in this much-anticipated sequel.

It's 1935. Moose Flanagan lives on Alcatraz with his family, the other families of the guards, and a few hundred no-name hit men, con men, mad dog murderers and a handful of bank robbers too. And one of those cons has just done him a big favor.

You see, Moose has never met Al Capone, but a few weeks ago Moose wrote a letter to him asking him to use his influence to get his sister, Natalie, into a school she desperately needs in San Francisco. After Natalie got accepted, a note appeared in Moose's freshly laundered shirt that said: Done.

As this book begins, Moose discovers a new note. This one says: Your turn. Is it really from Capone? What does it mean? Moose can't risk anything that might get his dad fired. But how can he ignore Al Capone?

©2009 Gennifer Choldenko; (P)2009 Listening Library

What the Critics Say

"Choldenko hits a grand slam...Effortless period dialogue, fully developed secondary characters and a perfectly paced plot." (Kirkus)

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    Crystal California 07-15-11
    Crystal California 07-15-11 Member Since 2004

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    "Another Good Book"

    I like how the author turns history into a very interesting story. Kirby Heyborne is a great narrator!

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    Amazon Mom SAN JOSE, CA, United States 12-20-12
    Amazon Mom SAN JOSE, CA, United States 12-20-12
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    "Good sequel"
    What made the experience of listening to Al Capone Shines My Shoes the most enjoyable?

    I bought it for my kids so they could read along. Audible books are great for kids learning how to read chapter books and also for adults who want to multi-task and listen and do other things at the same time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Moose Flanagan because he's responsible and smart. He cares about his sister Natalie very much.


    What does Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't like reading aloud to my kids unless it's a short picture book because it makes my mouth tired. Having a good reader with inflections helps them follow along with the story better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Casillas Fort Worth, Texas United States 10-13-12
    L. Casillas Fort Worth, Texas United States 10-13-12
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    "11 Year old loved It!"
    If you could sum up Al Capone Shines My Shoes in three words, what would they be?

    The best book!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Moose because he was very adventurous.


    What does Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings excitement to the book by doing a variety of voices in a way that I would picture them.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, because it was 7 hours long and I was reading it for my home reading project. I had to read 20 minutes a day.


    Any additional comments?

    My 11 year old son who is reluctant to read loved this book AND loved using the Audible download. Having this service is wonderful for a kid who isn't really into reading or struggles with reading. Audible makes him look forward to his 20 minute a day reading project instead of dreading it. Thank you for helping this mom help her son. (My son wrote the reviewer comments about the book himself). ;)

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    "I would let al capone shine my shoes"
    What did you love best about Al Capone Shines My Shoes?

    I liked the plot best, and the fact that it followed "Al Capone does my shirts" cronologically.


    What other book might you compare Al Capone Shines My Shoes to and why?

    I can't compare this book to any other I have read. It is a unique piece of historical ficton


    What does Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings the characters to life with the inflections of his voice. You cannot get this by just reading the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me laugh and cry. Parts of the book are very funny and others are very heart wrenching.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed both Al apone books very much. I hope the author writes more of these books. Although these book are considered to be for young adults...I found this one hard to turn off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicolle STERLING, CO, United States 03-03-12
    Nicolle STERLING, CO, United States 03-03-12
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    "An awesome book!"
    Where does Al Capone Shines My Shoes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks over all the other books i have ever read!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think the best part of the story was when the cons tried to escape


    What about Kirby Heyborne’s performance did you like?

    His voice is way better then the text-to-speech accessory on the kindle!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    not really.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a very good book. If anyone reads this review, they should consider reading this book.

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