Al Capone Does My Shirts

by Gennifer Choldenko

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Book Information

Publication Date: April 20, 2006


Reading Level: Lexile Measure 600L, Accelerated Reader Level: 3.5


Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8


Major Awards: Newbery Honor and California Young Reader Medal


Number of Pages: 241 pages


Audible Book Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins


Book Themes: Coming of Age, Brothers and Sisters, Friendship, History, Autism


Genre: historical fiction novel for young adults


Setting: on Alcatraz Island near San Francisco in 1935


Important Quote: “Nobody knows how things will turn out, that's why they go ahead and play the game...You give it your all and sometimes amazing things happen, but it's hardly ever what you expect.”


First Line: Today I moved to a twelve-acre rock covered with cement, topped with bird turd and surrounded by water.


Point of View: Author Gennifer Choldenko writes in first person point of view as if the book is a journal written by the main character, Moose Flanagan.

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