Al Capone Does My Shirts: New Longman Literature : 9781405822794

Al Capone Does My Shirts: New Longman Literature

Choldenko. Gennifer
 
Edition
 
1
ISBN
 
9781405822794
ISBN 10
 
1405822791
Published
 
01/01/2006
Published by
 
Pearson United Kingdom
Pages
 
Format
 
Available on demand
 
Title type
Book
$27.29
 
 
 
Description

2005 Carnegie Shortlist

2004 Nasen/TES Children's Book Award Winner

2005 Newbery Honour Medal

"A novel full of pithy humour that holds the readers attention to the very last page"
TES


Moose lives on Alcatraz Island, home to the notorious prison and the infamous gangster, Al Capone. But living right down the street from theives and murderers is not Moose's only problem. His Dad's always working and his mum expects him to look after his autistic sister, Natalie. And when Moose gets mixed up with Piper, the warden's daughter, he soon finds out that life on Alcatraz in far from straightforward.

What's the hook?

Hilarious antics are deftly interwoven with themes of isolation and imprisonment, compassion and connection in this engaging coming-of-age story.

What are the themes?

Family, growing up, relationships, responsibility, as well as links to issues such as autism.

Teaching points

This award-winning novel skillfully combines empathetic characters, real moments of tension and suspense, brilliant setting and convincing dialogue. Historical footnotes, diagrams and an author's note all add to the authenticity of the text.