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Publisher's Summary

Murderers, mob bosses, and convicts . . . these guys are not your average neighbors. Unless you live on Alcatraz. It's 1935 and 12-year-old Moose Flanagan and his family have just moved to the infamous island that's home to criminals like notorious escapee Roy Gardner, Machine Gun Kelly, and of course, Al Capone. Now Moose has to try to fit in at his new school, avoid getting caught up in one of the warden's daughter's countless plots, and keep an eye on his sister Natalie, who's not like other kids.

All Moose wants to do is protect Natalie, live up to his parents' expectations, and stay out of trouble. But on Alcatraz, trouble is never very far away.

©2009 Gennifer Choldenko (P)2009 Listening Library

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good story. did not like the swearing

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes. we listened to it on our ways to visit Alcatraz. It was a good introduction. The story was more about his disabled sister than Alcatraz but still good.

What about Kirby Heyborne’s performance did you like?

loved his reading. It sounded like he was really Moose telling the story of his life

Any additional comments?

It had some swearing which i did not think was needed in a children's book.

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worth the read!

amazing!
I'm 11 years old and I really like this I might not have lot of life experience but I feel like i can relate to this to this book. this book as a lot of heart tugers in my opinion it's better with someone reading out and to I almost cried.... many times.

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So Detailed

Best Book Ever.. No words, I could not stop reading this book til I finished it.

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Great book for my son.

He read it for school but enjoyed it more with the audiobook. Great story and great performance!

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great for whole family

all 4 kids loved it, ages 7 though 12. my husband and I also enjoyed.

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Not a family book

This book was found in a list of good family audiobooks. In my opinion, this book is not a family book. There was content that I feel was dark/depressing for children. It was also boring... we tried to listen but I found myself zoning out because it did not keep my attention. The narrator's voice was very monotone and not engaging for adults much less children. We eventually turned it off and downloaded another book for our trip home.

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Loved it!!

I am a 11 year old girl and about to go to school In the fall. This book was great for the reading assignment. It's easy enough to understand but has a mature topic. I suggest this to young readers in there tweens or early teens. I recommend this👍👍!

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wonderful book for children

it was great im glad i read it this is definitely a book i l I love

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This is by far my favorite book in the whole world

amazing narrator that's what I loved about it thx thx thx thx thx thx xtxheh dhdbd hshsh dhdhd dudid ejeje

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Overall very well

The story overall is not too challenging but it definitely is worth listening to. I overall very much enjoyed the story.
The narrator had a very gentle and following voice which brought you in more to the story.