Al Capone Does My Homework (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #3) by Gennifer Choldenko

Al Capone Does My Homework (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #3)

Alcatraz Island in the 1930s isn't the most normal place to grow up, but it's home for Moose Flanagan, his autistic sister, Natalie, and all the families of the guards. When Moose's dad gets promoted to Associate Warden, despite being an unlikely candidate, it's a big deal. But the cons have a point system for targeting prison employees, and his dad is now in serious danger. After a fire starts in the Flanagan's apartment, Natalie is blamed, and ...

Details Al Capone Does My Homework (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #3)

TitleAl Capone Does My Homework (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #3)
Release DateAug 20th, 2013
PublisherDial Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Childrens, Middle Grade, Mystery, Fiction, Young Adult

Reviews Al Capone Does My Homework (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #3)

  • Laura
    NOOOOOOOOOO! I have to wait till Fall 2017 for book 4. I absolutely looooooove this middle grade series! Highly suggest the audio version of this book. There is nothing I didn't love about this book. If you want a funny, heartfelt series that makes you LOL and cry, then this is your series!
  • Catherine Linka
    Clearly, I don't hand out 5 stars every day. A book has to be darn near perfect to earn one. I was hesitant, because even though I'd read the first of Choldenko's Al Capone Does books, I hadn't read the second. No worries, because the story picked right up.Choldenko's prose is effortless, the voice perfect. She takes us back to Alcatraz and the gang of young friends who live on an island populated by prisoners and guards. The mystery this time is...
  • Emily Scheinman
    Bravo Gennifer! What a treat to be back on Alcatraz with Moose, Annie, Natalie and the gang. Loved the development of the characters, the pacing of the plot and the abundance of humor (who knew belly buttons and cockroaches could have so many uses!)
  • Josiah
    If Al Capone Does My Shirts is the best of Gennifer Choldenko's first three Al Capone at Alcatraz books—and I think it is—the other two are no less fresh, uniquely engaging historical fiction. To set a novel during a specific time period (the 1930s) on an island where a strictly limited number of people lived is atypical of historical literature. There isn't a huge population to hide the characters within; what they do is bound to be noticed ...
  • Sophia
    My ongoing eager enjoyment of this series continued into this third book of the Tales From Alcatraz series. Not to be disloyal to books one and two, but book three, Al Capone Does My Homework, really sparkled with so many good elements and that something better that just gave it some extra shine.Moose is told by his mom and Natalie's teacher that he needs to help her learn some of the social graces like making eye contact. Meanwhile, his dad star...
  • Emily M
    The plot isn't as tight this time around, but Moose is as endearing as ever, his dad is amazing, and we were very satisfied with the the character development of Natalie, Annie, and especially what happens with Piper! Three and a half stars.
  • Davis
    I always feel sorry when the book ends and I have to leave the fascinating Alcatraz world of the characters in this series. This one doesn't have as much humor and insight as the first two, but I still gave it 4 stars because of the originality of the whole thing.
  • Miriam
    Began this with trepidation Could Choldenko turn out a third book of the same caliber as the first two in the series? And...she did! I was most pleased with the development of the characters we've come to care about and charmed by their changing relationships. Natalie lifts my spirits and Moose touches my heart.
  • QNPoohBear
    January 1936: Moose's dad has been promoted to Associate Warden - ahead of Darby Trixel. Darby was sure he'd get that promotion and he is super mad. Moose knows he has to look out for his dad and protect him against Trixel and the cons, but how can he do that and be a normal kid? He also has to look after Natalie, who is home on vacation. Natalie is supposed to be working on eye contact and she stubbornly refuses to do it. Moose is frustrated by ...
  • Amanda Rawson Hill
    One of my favorite series ever.
  • Peg
    Moose is very proud his father is now the Assistant Warden but quickly learns that with that title comes some danger from cons and guards alike. When a suspicious fire ruins their apartment, some on Alcatraz accuse Moose's developmentally disabled sister Natalie, now 16, whom Moose fiercely defends and protects. Other strange things are happening on the island as well--gambling, cockroach messengers, theft, a missing knife, and counterfeiting. Mo...
  • Becky
    I just LOVED this third book in the series. I really do love Moose Flanagan and his family. I think Moose is one of the best narrators! In Al Capone Does My Homework, Moose has a few mysteries to solve. First, he needs to find out WHO set fire to their apartment, and why! There are certain busybodies on Alcatraz who are telling everyone that Natalie, Moose's older sister, set the fire! In fact, this hateful woman calls Natalie's special boarding ...
  • Marti
    A cute YA book, number three of three, Al Capone Does My Homework is the story of the family of the assistant warden at Alcatraz in 1936. At that time, the families of the employees of Alcatraz were allowed to live in quarters on the island. This is a fact. Moose is the son of this warden and he has a group of friends, as well as his autistic sister, Natalie, to play baseball with, worry about, and hatch secret plans. Moose finds out there is a c...
  • Brandi Young
    This is probably the best book in the series thus far. Starting off, Moose's dad is now the assistant warden, which means big changes for Moose and his family. Unfortunately the first huge change for them occurs in the middle of the night while Moose is at home watching his sister, Natalie. Their apartment catches on fire! The majority of the book is spent trying to figure out if Natalie set the fire by accident, if it was an accident due to wiri...
  • Thomas Bell
    I thought that this was a very fun continuation of the Al Capone series by Choldenko.So your apartment gets burned down and your autistic sister is immediately blamed for it. You get a cryptic message from Al Capone, a prisoner on Alcatraz where your father works as a newly appointed vice-warden. What do you do?Well, the answer lies in this fun, yet sometimes heartwarming, tale. Go read it! (But read the other two first). Can't wait until the 4th...
  • Mckenzie Squires
    This is a great story. I love how it still has the same characters but introduces new ones to help tell Moose's Life. I can't believe Moose's dad is assistant warden. I loved this book, I love pretty much any book about Alcatraz and Capone. I mean who doesn't, right? ****Spoilers****I love how at the end Nat is able to finally be a 16 year old! I would compare Nat to Gary from ALPHAS. They both struggle with showing others how mature they can be.
  • Tom
    I thought this book was okay. I liked all three books in this series. It wasn't my favorite just because the style in which the author writes in is okay. Nonetheless, I liked the book because because it was a mystery, it was exciting, and because it had a good plot. In addition, I liked how most of the characters had a strong mind and they all tied into the plot.I would recommend the series to anyone.
  • Atlantis
    This was a really sweet book with quite an exciting story line. I loved the first book in this series "Al Capone does my shirts." but I wasn't as impressed with "Al Capone shines my shoes." This one totally makes up for it. Great story for kids to read about having a sibling with special needs under unique circumstances. Moose is the big brother I wish I had. I can totally relate to him.
  • Nolan Walchuk
    Al Capone Does my Homework by Gennifer Choldenko is a good book but it is kind of a repeat of the other two. The plot and story line were fine but not great. I thought it was great just like the first two, but by the end, I was just bored. It has drama and limited action with a couple suprises like a fire, but again, it wasn't all that great.
  • Mimi
    Another enjoyable entry in the Al Capone Does... series, this time Moose's dad has been promoted to Assistant Warden and the kids try to solve the mystery of a fire in the apartment. I enjoy the historical details and the discussion of an autistic sibling before there was widespread diagnosis.
  • Nathaniel
  • Christi Mccoy
    I love this series! So entertaining. I love the way that Natalie is represented in this series. I don't want to wait for the next one to come out!! :-)
  • Gabrielle
    great book
  • Mandy
    I'm a fan of Moose and Natalie. Really enjoy this series.
  • Tina Hoggatt
    I am a big fan of this series. The author carries the character development through all three, and makes each a fun, human read.
  • Knitwit
    Predictable plot but the historical parts were very interesting.
  • SaraKat
    Another winner in the series. I just love the adventures of Moose and the rest of the Alcatraz kids. It got pretty intense in this book and the trouble that they got into was more serious than it had been in the past. Al Capone was right about there being bad guys on both sides of the bars. I loved that Natalie really is starting to grow up and become a whole, if different person. The relationship between Natalie and Moose grew in this book and i...
  • Hannah Barnes
    Summary: Al Capone Does My Homework is the final book to the A Capone series. Moose and his family go through a series of tragedies and Moose must break the rules to give his family a clean name. Unbeknownst to Moose’s family, Al Capone has got their back the entire time. Evaluation: This book is a good extension to the series and continues to leave the reader intrigued by what will happen next on Alcatraz. Natalie is also provided opportunitie...
  • Pamela Hatch
    The third in the Tales from Alcatraz series continues the story of Moose Flanagan's family and friends from their home on Alcatraz Island. Mr. Flanagan has been promoted from a prison guard to Assistant Warden and is being targeted by the inmates to gain points in their prison game. A fire in the Flanagan apartment starts a chain of events that lead to the hospital. The story is similar to the others in the series but starts much slower. I almost...