Al Capone Does My Shirts

Choldenko, Gennifer

Luke Rottman

Due Wednesday, March 4th



Matthew (Moose) Flanagan is 12 years old. He is living on Alcatraz Island with his sister, mother, and his father who is working as a guard and electrician. They moved there in January.


Natalie is a 15 year old girl. She is the sister of Moose. She has what is described in the book but not stated and is said in the authors notes, autism.


Piper Williams is the daughter of the warden. She is the same age as Moose. Piper is smart and cunning. She is often causing trouble.


Theresa Mattaman is seven year old girl. She becomes good friends with Natalie and Nat trusts her toward the end.

The setting

The book starts on January 4, 1935. Moose Flanagan (the main character) lives on Alcatraz island with his family. The book takes place over time and at the end it is June 11, 1935


The book takes place on Alcatraz island in 1935. The main character, Moose, has a sister that's name is that. She has autism. They live their because the father is a guard and electrician. The warden asked to meet moose. What the warden tells him that their is no nonsense when on Alcatraz. He also tell moose that his daughter, piper is the same age as him. He tells him to help piper with her projects and school. Later on piper asks moose to help her with a project. The project is that the are going to have the cons wash other peoples clothes along with their own. They charged 5 cents. Then scout, one of moose's friends, asks for a baseball that the cons used. moose denies but finds out that scout has been talking to piper about getting one. Moose searches and searches, and one day moose comes back to find a con with his sister, The con calls her sweetie and tosses moose a baseball. Natalie, Moose's autistic sister, keeps saying 105 the cons number that moose finds with Nat

Info on the Newbery Award

In 1921 Frederic G.Melcher had the Newbery Medal designed. It was designed by Rene Paul Chambellan. The medal has the name of the winner and date it was awarded on the back. Newbery awards have been awarded since 1922.It was the first children's book award.It is the best known award. It is also the most discussed.

Gennifer Choldenko

Gennifer was born in Santa Monica. She was the youngest of four children.

Gennifer currently lives in the San Fransisco Bay area. She has two children. Her favorite character was Theresa.

My Thoughts

I thought the book was amazing. I like the way all the characters personalities differ. I hope to read the other two books. (oh and looking for those pictures of the characters was horrible)