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Al Capone Does My Shirts Audiobook

Al Capone Does My Shirts

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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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    Barbara Plano, TX, United States 11-02-12
    Barbara Plano, TX, United States 11-02-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Not what I was expecting, but it was good"

    When I first saw the title of this book, I assumed it was going to be funny or quirky. However, this book was more on the serious side. I still enjoyed it a lot! This is more of a coming of age novel than a humorous book. I love the way that they portrayed his sister's Autism and how realistic they were with the way it was viewed in that time period.
    Reading this book has peeked my interest in the history of Alcatraz. Even though I knew that kids lived on the island, I never thought about their every day lives there.
    The narrator is great! He brings the characters to life with the voices he uses. I definitely recommend this book.

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    Jan 06-10-12
    Jan 06-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful Newberry Honor Book from 2007"

    I would guess it was written for the 12-15 group, but I enjoyed every bit of it. Believable characters, situations and challenges, placed in an exciting location. Moose, the main character, carries a lot of responsibility for his sister with autism during the 1930's on Alcatraz Island. Interesting dynamics with family, friends, rules and situation would make for great classroom or family discussions.

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    Margaret trophy club, TX, USA 02-09-10
    Margaret trophy club, TX, USA 02-09-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Didn't want to pause"

    This is a very well written and interesting book. The main character is very likable. The narrator is easy to listen to. The sequel is great too.

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    Tchiq 10-06-17
    Tchiq 10-06-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    BMJ 09-04-17
    BMJ 09-04-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    steve Brookline, MA 09-03-17
    steve Brookline, MA 09-03-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    Amazon Customer 07-14-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    Rebecca Sheldon 03-18-17 Member Since 2014
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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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    Julien 02-25-17
    Julien 02-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "it's a great book and I loved good job I love"

    I love it great job I'm looking forward to the next book in the series AL Capone Does My Shirts

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    Mark Spooner 09-04-16 Member Since 2014
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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.

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