Gennifer Choldenko
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Gennifer Choldenko

There's a Lego in my bum which fits with the Lego in my chair and when I sit down to write, I hear the satisfying snap of the two pieces fitting together. I love words, dictionaries, thesauruses, sharp pencils, the smell of book ink and the delicious art of carving out sentences on clean white paper. I love to slip into another person's skin and feel what it's like to live another life. I love when characters come to me out of nowhere and make me cry so hard my mascara runs or laugh until my stomach hurts. I love the crazy fun and infinite possibility of storytelling.

What prepared me for a life of writing fiction? Though I have a BA from Brandeis University in English and American Literature and a BFA in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design, the true answer is probably genes. I come from a long line of Irish storytellers on my father's side and theatre people on my mother's. I always knew I loved to write, but it took me a long time to summon the courage to chase the dream. I finally went for it when I realized I would prefer to be a failure at something I wanted to do, then a success at something I didn't.

While I was pretending I wasn't a writer, trying to be a nice person with a nice quiet job somewhere, I sold lingerie, lipstick and lamp shades. I wrote junk mail. I taught visually and hearing-impaired kids horseback riding. I held a prestigious job in rubbish removal and I worked in a factory wearing a paper gown while wielding a large mallet on small serving packages of ketchup.

One Third Nerd, my funniest novel yet, is due out in January 2019. My most famous novel, Al Capone Does My Shirts, garnered 20 awards, one of which was the Newbery Honor. The Tales of Alcatraz series has sold more than 2 million copies. What will probably be the last book in the series: Al Capone Throws Me a Curve is the best of the fifteen books I've written so far.

I am a fitness fanatic; a book-obsessed, tennis-playing woman who thinks like a twelve-year-old. If I ever get the good fortune to meet you, offer me coffee and I will be your friend for life.

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    • Al Capone Does My Shirts

    • By: Gennifer Choldenko
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 382
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 315
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 317

    Murderers, mob bosses, and convicts . . . these guys are not your average neighbors. Unless you live on Alcatraz....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • good story. did not like the swearing

    • By Rebecca Sheldon on 03-18-17

    Regular price: $23.93

    • Al Capone Shines My Shoes

    • By: Gennifer Choldenko
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83

    It's 1935. Moose Flanagan lives on Alcatraz with his family, the other families of the guards, and a few hundred no-name criminals....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A very interesting and captivating story

    • By Gretchen G on 10-30-16

    Regular price: $30.60

    • Al Capone Does My Homework

    • A Tale from Alcatraz, Book 3
    • By: Gennifer Choldenko
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65

    Alcatraz Island in the 1930s isn't the most normal place to grow up, but it's home for Moose Flanagan, his autistic sister, Natalie, and all the families of the guards....

    Regular price: $26.60

    • Al Capone Throws Me a Curve

    • By: Gennifer Choldenko
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Gennifer Choldenko
    • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    Return to Al Capone's Alcatraz with Newbery Honor-winning author Gennifer Choldenko in this charming addition to the beloved series about the son of a prison guard....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sublime Writing

    • By Donna on 09-06-18

    Regular price: $28.00

    • One-Third Nerd

    • By: Gennifer Choldenko
    • Narrated by: Maxwell Glick
    • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Liam lives in the Bay Area near San Francisco with his mom and two younger sisters and Cupcake, their lovable German shepherd. Recently, Cupcake has a problem - she's peeing in the house. The kids need to make enough money to take her to the vet before their landlord upstairs finds out....

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Chasing Secrets

    • By: Gennifer Choldenko
    • Narrated by: Karissa Vacker, Gennifer Choldenko
    • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    San Francisco, 1900. The Gilded Age. A fantastic time to be alive for lots of people...but not 13-year-old Lizzie Kennedy....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing audiobook and narration!

    • By Carol Hajek on 01-06-16

    Regular price: $28.00

    • No Passengers Beyond This Point

    • By: Gennifer Choldenko
    • Narrated by: Becca Battoe, Jesse Bernstein, Tara Sands
    • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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    Questions can be tricky things. Everyone has their own way of dealing with them....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Twist at the End

    • By Crystal on 07-15-11

    Regular price: $21.00

    • If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period

    • By: Gennifer Choldenko
    • Narrated by: Ariadne Meyers, Francois Battiste
    • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
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    For Kirsten McKenna, the world is crumbling. Her parents are barely speaking to each other, and her best friend has come under the spell of the school's queen bee, Brianna....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I thought this book was funny

    • By THoward on 10-05-09

    Regular price: $22.60

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