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 still needs to watch his special older sister, Natalie--and then the warden asks Moose to look after his two-faced, danger-loving daughter, Piper. In the cell house there are rumors that the cons will a strike, and that Moose's father might step up to a new job. Moose is worried: What will this mean for their family, especially for Natalie, who's had some scary run-ins with prisoners? Then the unthinkable happens: Natalie winds up someplace she should never, ever go. And Moose has to rescue her....
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Al Capone Throws Me a Curve (Al Capone at Alcatraz #4) Reviews
I have not read the other Al Capone novels—yet—so I don't know if one gains more from having read the others. It appeared to do an effective job of catching me up and I got to know the characters quickly. The plot was a little complicated but kept my interest, and I would recommend the book. What most impressed me was the Author's Note giving background on the time period, Al Capone, Alcatraz, and prison life.
The novel enticed me to garner a copy of Al Capone Does My Laundry, the first Tale fro ...more
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 could get them in order. Definitely going back to ...more
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 let him play. And above all, Moose must care for N ...more
This was my first exposure to Moose and all his friends, including those more infamous than others, and despite that fact, I rather enjoyed my stay on the island "no one escapes".
Moose Flanagan...what is there to say about Moose Flanagan. He's not your typical hero, heck he's only a kid for crying out loud, and yet I gotta say, I can't help but see him that way. Despite how he could have been...self serving, greedy, uncaring, mean, and the list goes on...he was none of those things. True, he had ...more
I don’t know whether it is correct to compare this series to the Joey Pigza series. I’d never connected them before but it came strongly to mind as I read this one. I think the differing treatment of different characters’ arcs across the books are comparable: some characters hardly changing and thus having difficulty adjusting to the ones who do, some changing subtly while retaining their essential character, and then there’s Natalie whose arc is the emotional center of the series, even though i ...more
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Al Capone Throws Me a Curve by Gennifer Choldenko
I was excited when offered a review copy of this fourth book in a great middle grade series; I did not even realize a new one was coming out. The author said that this is the book she was meant to write for this series. Will there be more? I am not sure but if not, this book did justice to wrap this series up. In this book, Moose is trying to get on the high school baseball team. Natalie is still a handful. Piper is still his ...more
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 than most books which was a twist out of the norm ...more
One of my favs in the series!