Al Capone Shines My Shoes (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #2) by Gennifer Choldenko

Al Capone Shines My Shoes (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #2)

Moose and the cons are about to get a lot closer in this much-anticipated sequel. It's 1935. Moose Flanagan lives on Alcatraz with his family, the other families of the guards, and a few hundred no-name hit men, con men, mad dog murderers and a handful of bank robbers too. And one of those cons has just done him a big favor.You see, Moose has never met Al Capone, but a few weeks ago Moose wrote a letter to him asking him to use his influence to g...


Details Al Capone Shines My Shoes (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #2)

TitleAl Capone Shines My Shoes (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #2)
ISBN9780803734609
Author
Release DateSep 8th, 2009
PublisherDial Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Childrens, Middle Grade, Fiction
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Reviews Al Capone Shines My Shoes (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #2)

  • Jenn Ginder
    1970-01-01
    There were a lot of things about this sequel that worked better, but I felt like I wanted there to be more to Moose. The author states that Moose is a pleaser, but I felt like I didn't get a good enough window into Moose's internal conflict about this - or as much as I would have liked.I liked what the author did with Natalie in this book. It was interesting to see how she progressed as she settled into her visit from Ester P. Marinoff and see he...
  • Renee Wallace
    1970-01-01
    It is so rare to find a sequel to a winner that is, itself, another winner, but here it is. Frankly, I expected to be disappointed, as sequels seem to be... well, blech. Not this one! I am not sure how the author manages so well to make a protagonist of the gender opposite hers, sound so real, so believable; but she does. (I wonder if she has taught middle school, or been a den mother, or something like that.) The setting of Alcatraz in the thirt...
  • Laura
    1970-01-01
    This is such a wonderful Middle-grade series. This book was not as sentimental as the first but an original storyline. Not a recap of the first book. Love these kids!
  • Sophia
    1970-01-01
    In the second book, it was fun times returning to an adventure on Alcatraz with Moose and the other kids. I've enjoyed these young teen adventures from back in the 1930's set on Alcatraz where the families of the guards and Warden live.Al Capone Shines My Shoes picks up right after the events of the previous book. Moose is happy his sister is able to attend her special school, but he knows its never a good idea to owe Al Capone a favor. It isn't ...
  • Crystal Navarro
    1970-01-01
    Just the read I needed to get over the last nerve wrecking one I had.I read the first book in this series when I was in college as part of a group assignment to teach us about grouping for literary groups based on interest and the use of visual representation as a tool to help students express what they pulled from the story. Al Capone Does My Shirts was a lot more interesting than I had expected-- it had been so long since I had read children's ...
  • Suzanne Moore
    1970-01-01
    This book is a sequel to Al Capone Does My Shirts. The main character, Moose, is a boy at the age where he begins to recognize girls. What makes his situation unique is that he lives on Alcatraz Island. The year is 1935 and Moose's father is a guard at the notorious prison. I learned that the island was home not only to the prisoners in lock-up, but also to civilians who lived in compounds and ran the prison facilities. The children of the prison...
  • Andrea Mullarkey
    1970-01-01
    What’s not to like about easy, breezy historical fiction for young teens? Moose Flanagan is the son of a guard on Alcatraz and lives on the island with his family and the families of the other guards. The kids of these guards form a small group of friends like the little groups that form in school classrooms with favorites and least favorites, dramas and intrigues. The only difference is they do all of it within view of some of the roughest pri...
  • Edie
    1970-01-01
    I was a big fan of the first book so approached this "sequel" a bit hesitantly, but I found myself completely pulled in and enjoying it as much as the first. Budding romance figures in this a bit, and jealousy and Moose, our hero, finds out that it's hard being all things to all people, some people dislike him for trying too hard to be nice. His sister is doing better at her special school but the issue of her illness spawns some clear prejudice ...
  • Piyali
    1970-01-01
    So exciting!!
  • Me
    1970-01-01
    Historical fiction/semi-thriller/mystery set in 1935 on Alcatraz. Initially as I was reading this, I was thinking "oh sure! They had inmates doing plumbing and other odd jobs in the guards' houses. Right." Turns out, according to the author's notes at the end, that this was a well researched book, and yes, the inmates did indeed do plumbing and other maintenance jobs on the island. Kids who grew up on Alcatraz remember that they weren't allowed t...
  • Kales
    1970-01-01
    What a great sequel. I enjoyed going back to the island and engaging with these characters again. I thought the advancement of the plot was great and it was so cool when we actually got to meet Al Capone. For a middle grade book, this has some hard topics such as forgiveness, death of parents, Autism and friendships. I thought it handled those topics appropriately and well, especially within the context of the story. I'm also a fan of these chara...
  • Clara Biesel
    1970-01-01
    Again, these books tell really fun story while taking on big questions about prison and children with special needs set in 1930s America. I especially liked the ramifications from the first story in this one.
  • Noah Mizrahi
    1970-01-01
    It was good. I could really connect with his love for baseball and the writing was perfect for teens.
  • Chris Sawdey
    1970-01-01
    The book Al Capone Shines My Shoes is a really good book because it is based a 12 year old boy named Moose Flanagan. Moose lives on Alcatraz with his mom, Dad and his sister. He also lives with other Guard families and a few hundred hit men and cons. One day Moose gets a note that he found in his pillow case. Moose knew who it was it was Al Capone. He knew that Al Capone wanted something.
  • Katrice
    1970-01-01
    Was originally dismayed to find this was the second book of a series but it turns out that it can be read as a stand alone anyway.So this book is about a boy growing up in the infamous island prison of Alcatraz and how his proximity to the gangster Al Capone shapes his interactions with his family and friends. Despite the prominence of Capone's name in the title, he remains a rather shadowy, nebulous presence. . . a sorta boogieman that gives a u...
  • Josiah
    1970-01-01
    I like the remark that Gennifer Choldenko makes in the Acknowledgements at the end of this book, when thanking her editor: "Editing me is sort of like trying to put a seat belt on the Energizer Bunny and Kathy always manages to make it look effortless." That line embodies well the smart humor found often in Al Capone Shines My Shoes, and I can see how a writer with such a sharp mind might be a handful for an editor. As with its predecessor, this ...
  • Eva Mitnick
    1970-01-01
    12-year-old Moose Flanagan lives, as those who have read Al Capone Does My Shirts will know, on Alcatraz Island, where his dad works. Al Capone seems to have done him a huge favor by somehow getting his autistic big sister Natalie into a special school, and now it’s payback time – Moose finds a note in his freshly laundered shirt that says “Your turn.” After agonizing about what kind of favor Capone might be expecting from Moose and how i...
  • Clement Leveau
    1970-01-01
    Clement LeveauAl Capone shines my shoesThis book is more sitirical Then it is Interesting. The concept of finding a note to Al Capone can be considered interesting that was only a small part of it. However it some of the scenes in the book will cut funny he only problem was that it took itself to seriously. The book should of had a little bit more comedy. The book is about aboy named Moose. Moose has an autistic sister who the last book got into ...
  • Emily
    1970-01-01
    Why I picked it up: I recently re-read Al Capone Does My Shirts, and this sequel was not out at the time I had originally read it. This books picks up about 2 months after Al Capone Does My Shirts ends. Natalie is about to start at The Esther P. Marinoff School. Moose’s school is out for the summer. Moose gets a slip of paper in his shirt pocket—it’s from Al Capone, and he wants a favor in exchange for helping Moose at the end of the first ...
  • Roxanne Hsu Feldman
    1970-01-01
    I am completely delighted by this book. I really enjoyed the first one and this one holds up, well and strong, and I think it works even better. Maybe because I thought, "What can she come up with that can top the first book?" before starting to read this one.. and Choldenko absolutely pulled it off. There is humor and tension all throughout the book, not to mention some hard-to-sort-out moral dilemmas. Over the years, my students have loved the ...
  • Steve
    1970-01-01
    Moose Flanagan, age 12, lives on Alcatraz with his parents and sister. It’s 1935 and his father is a guard at the island’s prison, which houses Capone and other notorious bad guys. Moose’s sister, Natalie, is autistic, but that diagnosis was not yet created. With Nat’s urgent need for special schooling, Moose seeks a favor from a supremely dangerous man. The story here transpires in the aftermath of that request’s success. The character...
  • Linda
    1970-01-01
    Pure excellence in this children's novel, a sequel to one of my all-time favorite books (Al Capone Does My Shirts). Convict 85 (Al Capone) makes contact with 12-year-old Moose Flannagan again, setting off a chain of events that test Moose's allegiance to his family. It's quite possible that Capone helped Moose's autistic sister, Natalie, get into the Esther P. Marinoff School. But just how much does Moose owe Scarface for the favor? With cons lik...
  • Carole
    1970-01-01
    I was worried that this sequel wouldn't live up to the wonderful "Al Capone Does My Shirts" because the premise sounded contrived. And with Natalie gone to the Esther P. Marinoff School, one of the main tensions would be gone. I was glad to be proven wrong! Choldenko again is pitch-perfect in her portrayal of family relationships-- the traditional kind as well as the family that is built from a community as tightly knit as the one on Alcatraz. Sh...
  • Beth Cato
    1970-01-01
    This is a fun middle-grade book. It's been a few years since I read the first in the series but I was able to keep track of the distinct cast of kids without too much issue. It's brilliant to write a series about kids growing up on Alcatraz, a place where Al Capone is behind bars but not without power, and the guards themselves can be the worst of the bad guys.One of the reasons I started these books is because they feature an autistic character,...
  • Scott Thomas
    1970-01-01
    Al Capone shines my shoes by Gennifer Choldenko was quite entertaining . It mixes some history and fiction. It takes place on Alcatraz in the 1930’s. We revisit Moose Flanagan, Whose family moved to Alcatraz a while back because Moose’s sister Natalie needs to go to a school for autistic .While Alcatraz presents its dangers as a prison. He feels safe. He is just adjusting to this when his sister comes home on school break. Moose doesn’t kno...
  • Tina
    1970-01-01
    These books just get better as you go along. Who would not want to spend time with Moose and Natalie on the island of Alcatraz in 1935? These characters created by Gennifer Choldenko are warm, funny and moving. Based on true stories and the author's incredible imagination, this book is a worthy and thrilling sequel to Al Capone Does My Shirts. Yeah, yeah, I know. This series is for middle-grade youngsters, but aren't we all young at heart? If not...
  • Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
    1970-01-01
    The story of Moose Flanagan and his sister Natalie continues in the second book of the Al Capone series by Gennifer Choldenko. After a wonderful start in AL CAPONE DOES MY SHIRTS, Choldenko out does herself with the sequel. All of the old gang is back and a few new characters are introduced including the notorious Al Capone, himself. Discover what happens when Capone asks Moose for a favor. Choldenko has an amazing way with words and makes a stor...
  • Laura
    1970-01-01
    Cute. Moose is only interested in baseball, keeping his sister Natalie from having a fit, and his crush on Piper, the Warden's daughter. Living on Alcatraz has it's pluses, definitely. Owing Al Capone a favor isn't one of them.Because Moose is one of those polite, trying to please people kids, he ends up in more trouble than he should, but in the end it seems that Scarface kinda likes him. Or maybe he likes Natalie.Nice sequel to Al Capone Does M...
  • Maddy
    1970-01-01
    Although the continuation of the story made sense, the characters were consistent, and there were a few twists, it was underwhelming. Maybe underwhelming isn't the right word... it was far-fetched. The "exciting" parts were too crazy, when the first book was so believable. I did appreciate some character development, but often their characteristics were just exaggerated and became annoying. Piper was annoying before but now... yeesh. Oh well!
  • Christina Pilkington
    1970-01-01
    *4.5 starsAnother solid book in this series. My kids LOVE when I read this book. We recently toured Alcatraz so it made this story so much more real for them. We could see the apartments where the fictional characters lived, the warden's house, the cellblock and the parade grounds. The story was just as fun and touching as the first book. I think I might have liked in even a little more. Great middle grade series.