A childhood classic, Al Capone Does My Shirts, takes place during the 1930s on Alcatraz Island. The novel follows 12-year-old Moose Flanagan, who is forced to move when his father gets a job as an electrician at the prison, and where his mother hopes to send his autistic older sister to a special school in San Francisco. During this time period, Moose’s sister, Natalie, would be considered different, since Autism hadn’t been classified yet. And when she’s rejected from the special school, he is forced to spend less time playing basketball in order to take care of her.
An interesting take on how children deal with many coming-of-age experiences, Al Capone Does My Shirts is a must read for all ages. Taking true facts, and utilizing historical research, Gennifer Choldenko will make you feel like you really have taken a step back into the 1930s when you pick up this book.