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2009 Award
Al Capone Shines My Shoes Audio
( by Gennifer Choldenko/ read by Kirby Heyborne, Listening Library $37 Score: )

In the sequel the Newbery award winning book, Al Capone Does My Shirts, 12-year old Moose is still living on Alcatraz. His dad works as a prison guard there so that his sister can attend a nearby school for kids with special needs. Moose is not exactly thrilled with living in close quarters with ax murderers and such crème de la crème convicts, as the infamous Al Capone. Of course, it's thanks to Al Capone that his sister got into that special school, but the question is what does Capone expect in return?  In her refreshingly breezy but meaningful way, Choldenko gives readers a wonderfully well-paced story that makes you laugh as well as worry. She gives Moose pause to consider serious choices that get dished up in life and seeing the differences between right from wrong. Written with suspense and humor and narrated with style, both this and the original book are good listening as well as great reads.

 

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Review Published: Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.


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