Written by Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts tells the story of Moose Flanagan and his family who move to Alcatraz Island where his father has gotten a job. The family wants to live near San Francisco, so Moose’s sister can attend the Esther P. Marinoff School. In this school, “kids have macaroni salad in their hair and wear their clothes inside out and there isn’t a chalkboard or a book in sight.”
The year is 1935, and Alcatraz is a federal prison housing the meanest criminals. Your students will love reading Al Capone Does My Shirts.