Al Capone Does My Shirts

Al Capone Does My Shirts

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  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781440629631
  • 240 Pages
  • Puffin Books
  • 10 and up


Today I moved to a twelve-acre rock covered with cement, topped with bird turd and surrounded by water. I’m not the only kid who lives here. There’s my sister, Natalie, except she doesn’t count. And there are twenty-three other kids who live on the island because their dads work as guards or cook’s or doctors or electricians for the prison, like my dad does. Plus, there are a ton of murderers, rapists, hit men, con men, stickup men, embezzlers, connivers, burglars, kidnappers and maybe even an innocent man or two, though I doubt it. The convicts we have are the kind other prisons don’t want. I never knew prisons could be picky, but I guess they can. You get to Alcatraz by being the worst of the worst. Unless you’re me. I came here because my mother said I had to.
Al Capone Does My Shirts

Al Capone Does My Shirts

Gennifer Choldenko


ALA Best Books for Young Adults – winner
ALA Notable Book – winner
New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing – winner
New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age – winner
Newbery Honor Book – winner
Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year – Adult – winner
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year – winner


“Choldenko’s pacing is exquisite. . . . [A] great read.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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