Al Capone Shines My Shoes

Al Capone Shines My Shoes

Book - 2009
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Moose and the cons are about to get a lot closer in this much-anticipated sequel.

It's 1935. Moose Flanagan lives on Alcatraz with his family, the other families of the guards, and a few hundred no-name hit men, con men, mad dog murderers and a handful of bank robbers too. And one of those cons has just done him a big favor.

You see, Moose has never met Al Capone, but a few weeks ago Moose wrote a letter to him asking him to use his influence to get his sister, Natalie, into a school she desperately needs in San Francisco. After Natalie got accepted, a note appeared in Moose's freshly laundered shirt that said: Done.

As this book begins, Moose discovers a new note. This one says: Your turn. Is it really from Capone? What does it mean? Moose can't risk anything that might get his dad fired. But how can he ignore Al Capone?

Publisher: New York, NY : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2009
ISBN: 9780803734609
Branch Call Number: JUV FIC Cho
Characteristics: 274p :

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PinesandPrejudice Jul 20, 2017

What a great sequel. I enjoyed going back to the island and engaging with these characters again. I thought the advancement of the plot was great and it was so cool when we actually got to meet Al Capone. For a middle grade book, this has some hard topics such as forgiveness, death of parents, Autism and friendships. I thought it handled those topics appropriately and well, especially within the context of the story. I'm also a fan of these characters and how they interact with one another. They have their own arcs and personalities and I seriously want a movie. I just do.

My only problem was this one seemed to drag a little more than the first one. The climax was great and once it happened, I could appreciate the build up more but getting to that point was a chore sometimes. Overall though, I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the third one.

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green_snake_744
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im glad this is was created

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