|Al Capone throws me a curve|
Author: Choldenko, Gennifer
Moose has his hands full during the summer of 1936 watching his autistic sister, Natalie, and the warden's daughter, Piper, and trying to get on a baseball team by proving he knows Al Capone.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 3.70
Points: 7.0 Quiz: 195056
Kirkus Reviews (+) (03/01/18)
School Library Journal (03/01/18)
Booklist (+) (03/01/18)
The Hornbook (00/07/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 03/01/2018 Gr 5–7—In this fourth book in the series, Moose faces a busy summer. While his sister Natalie is maturing and Alcatraz is in the midst of a Bureau of Prison inspection, Moose is struggling to keep Piper out of trouble and vying to be on the high school baseball team. He evolves from a pushover to an assertive young man, who, after a pivotal scene with Al Capone, tells his father the truth about events and stands up to the captain of the baseball team. Natalie grows up, too, offering keen observations about her mother and herself and demonstrating an increased ability to cope with stressful situations. The other characters are less developed, yet Choldenko creates a believable community of flawed individuals. Choldenko provides photographs and historical context for her fictional account in a detailed afterword. VERDICT A powerful story of love and family that will please fans and newcomers.—Hilary Writt, Sullivan University, Lexington, KY - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 03/01/2018 *Starred Review* Choldenko may throw readers for a curve by adding a fourth volume to her acclaimed A Tale from Alcatraz trilogy, but its quality is as reliable as ever. Now 13, Moose Flanagan is gearing up to start high school, and he and Scout desperately want to make the baseball team; but as freshmen, their odds are slim to none. When Scout scores them a spot on a summer pickup game with some high-schoolers, their chance of being officially added to the team improves but hinges on Moose being able to prove that he knows Al Capone—a next-to-impossible task. Further complicating Moose’s summer is his assignment to keep an eye on Piper, the warden’s cute, trouble-making daughter—not to mention watching over Natalie. Choldenko ramps up the drama when rumors that Mr. Flanagan could become the new warden put Nat and Moose in serious danger. This story is really Nat’s, who, as a young woman on the autism spectrum, has more obstacles than the average teen to surmount when it comes to spreading her wings. Yet, it’s her family that truly struggles to accept that she’s capable of more than they believed, and they must learn to let her go. This worthy “second ending” finishes on a hopeful note that series fans will embrace. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.