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This title has been selected as an August 2013 Amazon Editors' Pick for the Best Books of the Month: Middle Grade (ages 9-12). See more of our Editors' Picks.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Al Capone
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (August 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803734727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803734722
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 6-8-This conclusion to the trilogy picks up four months after Al Capone Shines My Shoes (Dial, 2009). Moose still feels the burden of looking out for his loved ones: protecting his father, newly promoted to Associate Warden; and caring for sister, whose latest challenge is learning to make eye contact with people. One night when he is babysitting Natalie, a fire breaks out in the family's apartment. Moose fears it's his fault because he fell asleep, and the resentful Trixle family blames Natalie. Moose and the Alcatraz kids (Piper, Annie, Jimmy, and Theresa) band together to find out what really caused the fire. Adding to the mystery, island residents are suddenly receiving anonymous gifts. Multiple reveals keep the pages turning quickly. Choldenko is unsurpassed at interweaving plot with historical detail, drawing a touching parallel between Natalie and first-term President Franklin Roosevelt. She uses Capone's celebrity status as a foil to Moose's father, which helps the 13-year-old appreciate his father's understated strengths. The trilogy ends on an uplifting note for Moose and Natalie. Choldenko hints that Natalie's math skills could lead to a meaningful life for her and Moose won't always have the weight of the world on his shoulders. His dad reassures him: "All you can do is try to inspire each person to be their best self." While the book ably stands alone, it delivers a satisfying conclusion to readers who've grown fond of this cast of characters.-M. Kozikowski, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* In this final installment in Choldenko’s Alcatraz series, Moose Flanagan has a mystery to solve. His father has been promoted to associate warden of the infamous island prison, drawing negative attention from cons and guards alike. When their family apartment is burned down, gossip points to Moose’s older sister, Natalie, and it falls to Moose to discover the truth. With baseballs, bottle caps, and carrier-cockroaches, he and the other island kids take on gambling debts, missing knives, a murder plot, a counterfeit ring, even pixie secrets—any of which might or might not be related to the fire. Choldenko supports all of this with the strength of her generous narrative, weaving in resonant emotional elements like the complicated family dynamic circling Natalie’s autism and Moose’s budding romance with Piper. (Or is it Annie?) Especially noteworthy is the author’s sensitive ability to humanize heroes and villains alike, grounding the tense action in palpable reality. With rich characterization, tender drama, and sleuthworthy clues, this poignant mystery makes for a thoroughly satisfying conclusion to the landmark historical trilogy. A detailed author’s note highlights elements of truth uncovered in her research that made their way into the story. Grades 5-8. --Thom Barthelmess

More About the Author

How did a girl named Snot-Nose end up publishing children's books?

Here are the facts as I know them . . .

I am the youngest of four kids, all of whom have big mouths. We were so loud, that once a lady asked my brother if our mother was deaf.

She was not.

The only sibling who did not have the trademark Johnson big mouth was my sister, Gina, who had Autism. My parents worked very hard to try to figure out how to help Gina, but being the parent of a child with severe Autism is like riding a unicycle in an earthquake.

Since I was the youngest, I spent a lot of time by myself making up words, stories, songs and jokes (known as Gennifer Jokes) none of which made a lot of sense. Luckily, I kept most of these strange imaginings to myself.

After graduating from Brandeis University with a degree in English, I went to work writing advertising. I spent my days trying to convince people to take out a second mortgage or upgrade their printer or buy death and dismemberment insurance. I wrote copy for seven years until all of my words began to sound like the work of a big mouth twelve year old. At which point I went to Art School. With a second degree from Rhode Island School of Design I was supposed to get my portfolio together, but instead I wrote my first novel. (I do my best work when I'm supposed to be doing something else.) And that was the beginning. I have been a twelve year old for twenty years now. I have no plans to turn thirteen.

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It's a must read book for readers of all ages!
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Book #76 Read in 2013 Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko (YA) This is the third book of this series.
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I wanted to keep reading until the end when I first picked up the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By wparker on September 3, 2013
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This book is great. I wanted to keep reading until the end when I first picked up the book. The book is exiting and suspenseful th whole way trough
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jhaack on September 1, 2013
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As an ardent fan of Choldenko's first two books in the "Al Capone Does My" series, I had mixed feelings about reading her new release. However, a few pages into the book, I was hooked! I think this one is her best in the series! Whether you enjoy reading about historical Alcatraz Island, mystery, humor, growing pains, or the love between a brother and his autistic sister---this book has it all! It's a must read book for readers of all ages!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Portianay VINE VOICE on August 21, 2013
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I keep making the mistake of thinking that she can't keep up such a great story, she just can't keep these characters so true to their original forms, but each time a new "Al Capone" comes out, BAM! She has done it all over again.

I started reading it early in the day and almost never put it down, it is that good. Somehow, the reader comes to care about these characters we have known for... seven years now? REALLY?

I wish these books would continue on and on; if you think the only kids you could ever care about have wands and attend a wizard boarding school, think again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mystery fan "kathy" on October 18, 2013
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My daughter (age 12) loves the book. She has enjoyed the series by Gennifer Choldenko. We were able to meet the author
at a Young Author's Fair sponsored by a local school. She was very entertaining. She really brings her stories to life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dylan Harrell on September 26, 2013
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This is a very great book in my opinion, it takes a very smart person to figure out this story line to this third book of the series
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cecilia Byer on September 18, 2013
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This historical fiction book is humorous and has a great plot! The ending is the best part of all! I hope there's another book in this series.
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By Kathy M on April 23, 2014
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I enjoyed the other two books and was delighted to find that this one was just as entertaining. The characters seem real despite their quirkiness. Moose is a hero and a role model.
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By Simple Book Reviews on April 14, 2014
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This entire series is captivating. I read it myself, read it to my kids. It's absolutely brillant and I highly recommend this children's book to everyone!
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