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 21st, 2019
PublisherYearling Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Childrens, Middle Grade, Fiction

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 ...
  • Penny Peck
    In the fourth book in this engaging series, Moose will be entering high school soon and wants to be on the varsity baseball team, but dealing with his autistic older sister is very challenging. In the intense last quarter of the novel, Natalie is tricked into entering the prison and Moose must try to save her; this part of the book is very cinematic! In fact, the action, characters, and historical setting all blend well and would make a great fil...
  • 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 ...
  • SaraKat
    Another winner! I have really enjoyed this series and this 4th book was as good as the others. Moose is 13 (and a half) in this book and he is really growing up. His family is suffering growing pains as his mom is freaking out about Natalie becoming a young woman and getting a crush. His dad is up for a promotion and the whole island is acting crazy because the prison oversight is coming to inspect the place. Plots from the Trixles and well-meani...
  • 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...
  • Becky
    First sentence: 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.Premise/plot: Al Capone Throws Me a Curve is the fourth book in Gennifer Choldenko's series. The first three are Al Capone Does My Shirts, Al Capone Shines My Shoes and Al Capone Does My Homework.Moose Flanagan has worries--worries big and small. He's worried about having to "babysit" the warden's daughte...
  • Phoebe
    The faithful will be happy to see a new installment in this series, with its unique setting and appealing main man, Moose. My son, who was a devotee of this series in his younger teen years, was now uninterested in reading book 4, however, so it does pay for authors not to wait too long between books. Moose struggles with the idea of his sister Natalie as a maturing young woman, and feels that his mother has given up dealing with the issue. His f...