Al Capone Does My Shirts

Author: Gennifer Choldenko

Looking For a Good Book

Al Capone Does My Shirts is about a boy, Moose and his family. This family just moved to Alcatraz because Moose`s father got a job as an electrician and a guard. Moose is introduced to Annie, Jimmy, Theresa, and Piper. Piper is the Warden`s daughter. A few weeks after Moose moved to Alcatraz, Piper had the idea to get all the student`s clothes and bring them back to Alcatraz to say that the famous Al Capone washed these clothes. This plan kind of works. Read the book to hear more about Moose and his adventures on Alcatraz!

Home of Famous Criminals


Alcatraz opened in 1933. It is about 1.5 miles from San Francisco, California. Alcatraz was home to many famous criminals like "Scarface" Al Capone, "Machine Gun" Kelly, and the "Birdman." Alcatraz shut down in 1963 because of the salt water intensity had eroded the buildings. The prison also shut because it was very costly. The is known as "The Rock."

The Great Depression

The 1930`s

In 1929 the stock market crashed and the United fell into a depression. The 1930`s are called this because people lost jobs, money, and even their home. Some people had to move across the country just to get a job. Some people left their families for a short period of time just to look for work. Food was scarce. There were so many people going to soup kitchens just to probably get something to snack on. Children had to help do almost everything around the house. Some families took in boarders just to make a little money. The Great Depression ended in 1939.
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