Al Capone Throws Me a Curve (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #4) by Gennifer Choldenko

Al Capone Throws Me a Curve (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #4)

Return to Al Capone's Alcatraz with Newbery Honor-winning author Gennifer Choldenko in this charming addition to the beloved series about the son of a prison guard.Moose Flanagan lives on a famous island in California: Alcatraz, home to some of the most dangerous prisoners in the United States in the 1930s. It's the summer before he starts high school, and Moose is going to play a lot of baseball and win a spot on the high school team. But he sti...

Details Al Capone Throws Me a Curve (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #4)

TitleAl Capone Throws Me a Curve (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #4)
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherWendy Lamb Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Childrens, Middle Grade, Humor

Reviews Al Capone Throws Me a Curve (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #4)

  • Tirzah
    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:)5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy at first but when consequences from previous actions started appearing in the plot, my memory was joggled and I remembered the main points. Similar to its predecessors...
  • Sophia
    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go.Al Capone Throws Me a Curve is book four in the Al Capone at Alcatraz series. I had no trouble jumping in with this book though I wish I had discovered the series at the get go so I ...
  • V
    Before beginning high school, Moose struggles to join the baseball team and care for a sister with autism, all while living on Alcatraz Island.Moose is the son of the assistant warden on Alcatraz. He encounters many obstacles in his quest join a baseball team during the summer before his freshman year. Moose must look after Piper, the warden's troublesome daughter. He must convince an unreasonable baseball captain who wants Alcatraz souvenirs to ...
  • Shelley
    4.5. Moose is still on Alcatraz Island, finishing up 8th grade and getting ready for high school and their baseball team. But the convicts are striking, his dad is up for Warden, he's been tasked with taking care of both Piper and Natalie, and there is someone on the island who is willing to use Natalie to hurt their father, even if Nat gets hurt, too. Completely as enjoyable and interesting as the first three. I enjoyed seeing Moose and Nat and ...
  • Seth
    This was by far the most tense and action packed book in the series. After reading, I feel doubtful that another book will come out, but with all my heart I hope for another one. This is a series that combines both funny and serious elements all in one to create a seemingly flawless mix of the two. I enjoy baseball, but that is not the reason this book was my favorite, it seemed to contain more elements and conflict which made it less predictable...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Public Library E BookThere are a lot of things going on for Moose now that summer is approaching. He desperately wants to be on the high school baseball team, even though freshman rarely are. Also, Natalie has her 17th birthday, and her growing pains are evident. Her mother still dresses her like a ten year old, and wants to get her hair cut in a much younger style, but Bea Trixle has other ideas and not only cuts her hair in a stylish fashion fo...
  • Leonard Kim
    I don’t know whether it is correct to compare this series to the Joey Pigza series. I’d never connected them before but it came strongly to mind as I read this one. I think the differing treatment of different characters’ arcs across the books are comparable: some characters hardly changing and thus having difficulty adjusting to the ones who do, some changing subtly while retaining their essential character, and then there’s Natalie whos...
  • Susan
    I love good historical middle grade series and Choldenko's Al Capone series is excellent. This newest installment is no exception. It's interesting, it's entertaining, it's funny, and it's heartfelt. Moose is an understated but irresistible hero—it's impossible not to root for his success. With a rich setting, a colorful cast, and several intriguing conflicts at its center, this book will appeal to both kids and adults. I highly recommend the w...
  • Mary Louise Sanchez
    When I saw the Advance Reader's Copy of the fourth book in the Al Capone series I immediately got in line for the give-away. I enjoyed all the books, but I think this one tugged at my heartstrings the most. Moose desperately wants to get on the high school baseball team as a freshman and has the chance if he will produce something that has a connection to Al Capone and Alcatraz. In the meantime, Moose is given the responsibility of watching over ...
  • Robert Kent
    First Paragraph(s): Even when you live on a prison island with crafty criminals plotting ways to knock you off, summer is the best time of the year.No tests. No homework. No getting up early to catch the ferry. No teachers who think you flunked a few grades because you happen to be kind of big for thirteen and a half.Summer is freedom. Not for the prisoners, of course. But for us kids who live on Alcatraz Island. I loved this book and you will to...
  • Melissapalmer404
    Book #24 Read in 2018Al Capone Throws Me a Curve by Gennifer CholdenkoI was excited when offered a review copy of this fourth book in a great middle grade series; I did not even realize a new one was coming out. The author said that this is the book she was meant to write for this series. Will there be more? I am not sure but if not, this book did justice to wrap this series up. In this book, Moose is trying to get on the high school baseball tea...
  • Brenda Kahn
    Oh my how I adored this book! Moose Flanagan has resided in my heart since book one and each book has gotten better. It is perfect. More later on the blog.
  • Gmr
    This was my first exposure to Moose and all his friends, including those more infamous than others, and despite that fact, I rather enjoyed my stay on the island "no one escapes".Moose Flanagan...what is there to say about Moose Flanagan. He's not your typical hero, heck he's only a kid for crying out loud, and yet I gotta say, I can't help but see him that way. Despite how he could have been...self serving, greedy, uncaring, mean, and the list g...
  • Barbara
    This wonderful piece of historical fiction has all of the right elements--baseball, Alcatraz, brotherly and romantic love, and plenty of humor and life lessons. Just as she did in the previous three books n this series, Al Capone Does My Shirts, Al Capone Shines My Shoes, and Al Capone Does My Homework, the author weaves in historical bits from the early part of summer in 1936 to take readers back in time when this island not far from San Francis...
  • Theresa Milstein
    It was a nice surprise to see a new book in the series, which I thought was done after 3 books. My daughter is now too old to read them ... but I'm not! I enjoyed being back on the island. I thought it had a pretty satisfying ending, but the events that led to the climax seemed quite a bet farfetched. I thought things were handled with Nathalie well. The book could've been a little longer to more thoroughly dig into some of the plot threads--for ...
  • Lesley
    I have not read the other Al Capone novels—yet—so I don't know if one gains more from having read the others. It appeared to do an effective job of catching me up and I got to know the characters quickly. The plot was a little complicated but kept my interest, and I would recommend the book. What most impressed me was the Author's Note giving background on the time period, Al Capone, Alcatraz, and prison life. The novel enticed me to garner a...
  • Read Ribbet
    Gennifer Choldenko is back with the fourth installment of the Al Capone series. This addition continues the stories of the families and their children who live on Alcatraz while they work at the prison which holds Al Capone. Moose Flannagan returns as he juggles his own desire to play on the high school baseball team with his family and friends. He has to keep an eye not only on the troublesome warden's daughter but also his older sister on the a...
  • Brenda
    I really enjoyed this series! I was a little lost at first, since it had been a few years when I read the first three books, but the characters and details quickly returned. I hope the authors continues this series, but this book does seem like a fitting end. The plot moved along at a good pace and there was just enough action to keep me interested and wanting to know more.
  • Sarah
    I think this was my favorite of the four. Though, (view spoiler)[the events surrounding the kids handling the gun really made me uncomfortable. (hide spoiler)]
  • Tina
    Review coming soon
  • Alyssa
    Tears. I'm in tears.How could you do this to me?No.NOThat last sentenceNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!Just read it.The you can share my pain.
  • Mrs. Scott
    I love Moose. His story and his choices just get better and better.
  • Merrill
    It's a good finale for a wonderful series.