9780399238611

Al Capone Does My Shirts

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  • ISBN13:

    9780399238611

  • ISBN10:

    0399238611

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 3/30/2004
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

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Summary

Today I moved to a twelve-acre rock covered with cement, topped with bird turd and surrounded by water. I'm not the only kid who lives here. There's my sister, Natalie, except she doesn't count. And there are twenty-three other kids who live on the island because their dads work as guards or cook's or doctors or electricians for the prison, like my dad does. Plus, there are a ton of murderers, rapists, hit men, con men, stickup men, embezzlers, connivers, burglars, kidnappers and maybe even an innocent man or two, though I doubt it. The convicts we have are the kind other prisons don't want. I never knew prisons could be picky, but I guess they can. You get to Alcatraz by being the worst of the worst. Unless you're me. I came here because my mother said I had to. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Gennifer Choldenko was the youngest in a family of four kids, where her nickname was "Snot-Nose." Her quirky sense of humor made its debut at the dinner table when Gennifer was a very little kid. After that, anything strange and funny became known as a Gennifer Joke. Her first novel, Notes from a Liar and Her Dog, was chosen as a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, was an IRA-CBC Children's Choice and won the California Book Award for children's books. In a starred review, School Library Journal wrote, "Choldenko has a wonderfully witty way with words. Her first-person narrative is humorous, tongue-in-cheek, and as irreverent as her independent heroine." Currently, Choldenko lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and their two children.

Table of Contents

PART ONE
1. DEVIL'S ISLAND
3(4)
2. ERRAND BOY
7(6)
3. TRICK MONKEY
13(9)
4. AMERICAN LAUGH-NOSED BEET
22(7)
5. MURDERERS DARN MY SOCKS
29(6)
6. SUCKER
35(7)
7. BIG FOR SEVENTH GRADE
42(6)
8. PRISON GUY PLAYS BALL
48(5)
9. NICE LITTLE CHURCH FOT
53(7)
10. NOT READY
60(4)
11. THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY
64(7)
12. WHAT ABOUT THE ELECTRIC CHAIR?
71(9)
13. ONE-WOMAN COMMANDO UNIT
80(7)
14. AL CAPONE'S BASEBALL
87(3)
15. LOOKING FOR SCARFACE
90(8)
16. CAPONE WASHED YOUR SHIRTS
98(5)
17. BASEBALL ON TUESDAY
103(3)
18. NOT ON MY TEAM
106(3)
19. DADDY'S LITTLE MISS
109(8)
20. WARNING
117(8)
PART TWO
21. IT NEVER RAINS ON MONDAY
125(5)
22. AL CAPONE'S MAMA
130(5)
23. SHE'S NOT CUTE
135(5)
24. LIKE A REGULAR SISTER
140(3)
25. MY GAP
143(4)
26. CONVICT BASEBALL
147(2)
27. IDIOT
149(5)
28. TALL FOR HER AGE
154(5)
29. CONVICT CHOIR BOY
159(6)
30. EYE
165(6)
31. MY DAD
171(3)
32. THE BUTTON BOX
174(5)
PART THREE
33. THE SUN AND THE MOON
179(7)
34. HAPPY BIRTHDAY
186(6)
35. THE TRUTH
192(3)
36. WAITING
195(4)
37. CARRIE KELLY
199(6)
38. WHAT HAPPENED?
205(7)
39. THE WARDEN
212(3)
40. AL CAPONE DOES MY SHIRTS
215(2)
AUTHOR'S NOTE 217(10)
NOTES 227

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