Al Capone Throws Me a Curve

Al Capone Throws Me a Curve

Return to Al Capone's Alcatraz with Newbery Honor-winning author Gennifer Choldenko in this charming addition to the beloved series about the son of a prison guard. Moose Flanagan lives on a famous island in California: Alcatraz, home to some of the most dangerous prisoners in the United States in the 1930s. It's the summer before he starts high school, and Moose is going t Return to Al Capone's Alcatraz with Newbery Honor-winning author Gennifer Choldenko in this charming addition to the ...

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Title:Al Capone Throws Me a Curve
Author:Gennifer Choldenko
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1101938161
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback

Al Capone Throws Me a Curve Reviews

  • Shelley
    May 30, 2018

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go. Al Capone Thro...

    In the fourth book in this engaging series, Moose will be entering high school soon and wants to be on the varsity baseball team, but dealing with his autistic older sister is very challenging. In the intense last quarter of the novel, Natalie is tricked into entering the prison and Mo...

    Before beginning high school, Moose struggles to join the baseball team and care for a sister with autism, all while living on Alcatraz Island. Moose is the son of the assistant warden on Alcatraz. He encounters many obstacles in his quest join a baseball team during the summer befo...

    4.5. Moose is still on Alcatraz Island, finishing up 8th grade and getting ready for high school and their baseball team. But the convicts are striking, his dad is up for Warden, he's been tasked with taking care of both Piper and Natalie, and there is someone on the island who is will...

  • Alexa Hamilton
    Aug 20, 2018

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go. Al Capone Thro...

    In the fourth book in this engaging series, Moose will be entering high school soon and wants to be on the varsity baseball team, but dealing with his autistic older sister is very challenging. In the intense last quarter of the novel, Natalie is tricked into entering the prison and Mo...

    Before beginning high school, Moose struggles to join the baseball team and care for a sister with autism, all while living on Alcatraz Island. Moose is the son of the assistant warden on Alcatraz. He encounters many obstacles in his quest join a baseball team during the summer befo...

    4.5. Moose is still on Alcatraz Island, finishing up 8th grade and getting ready for high school and their baseball team. But the convicts are striking, his dad is up for Warden, he's been tasked with taking care of both Piper and Natalie, and there is someone on the island who is will...

    Another winner! I have really enjoyed this series and this 4th book was as good as the others. Moose is 13 (and a half) in this book and he is really growing up. His family is suffering growing pains as his mom is freaking out about Natalie becoming a young woman and getting a crush. H...

    This was by far the most tense and action packed book in the series. After reading, I feel doubtful that another book will come out, but with all my heart I hope for another one. This is a series that combines both funny and serious elements all in one to create a seemingly flawless mi...

    Public Library E Book There are a lot of things going on for Moose now that summer is approaching. He desperately wants to be on the high school baseball team, even though freshman rarely are. Also, Natalie has her 17th birthday, and her growing pains are evident. Her mother sti...

    4.5. Moose is wrapping up eighth grade, and desperately wants to join the high school baseball team as a freshman, which is unheard of. Back on Alcatraz, his dad is up for promotion to warden, the prisoners are striking, and in addition to taking care of his sister Natalie (now 17, des...

    I don?t know whether it is correct to compare this series to the Joey Pigza series. I?d never connected them before but it came strongly to mind as I read this one. I think the differing treatment of different characters? arcs across the books are comparable: some characters hard...

    I love good historical middle grade series and Choldenko's Al Capone series is excellent. This newest installment is no exception. It's interesting, it's entertaining, it's funny, and it's heartfelt. Moose is an understated but irresistible hero?it's impossible not to root for his su...

    This is the fourth in this series about Moose and his sister, Natalie. Moose is a teen now and having a sister on the autism spectrum, trying to get on the high school baseball team as a freshman, and playing bodyguard to the warden's duplicitous daughter are all making his life very c...

    Loved this sequel! Book 4 of the series. It?s been years since I?ve read one of these books. I felt like I just read a book recently and wasn?t that lost to remember the characters and previous stories. A great addition to any library. I liked reading about some facts regarding A...

    I've enjoyed every installment of this series. There is a lot going on but all the threads matter to the characters and the story but never feel overly inserted. I grew up as the older sister to a delightful and, at times, consuming developmentally disabled sister; Moose's frustrat...

    When I saw the Advance Reader's Copy of the fourth book in the Al Capone series I immediately got in line for the give-away. I enjoyed all the books, but I think this one tugged at my heartstrings the most. Moose desperately wants to get on the high school baseball team as a freshm...

    First Paragraph(s): Even when you live on a prison island with crafty criminals plotting ways to knock you off, summer is the best time of the year. No tests. No homework. No getting up early to catch the ferry. No teachers who think you flunked a few grades because you happen to be...

    Book #24 Read in 2018 Al Capone Throws Me a Curve by Gennifer Choldenko I was excited when offered a review copy of this fourth book in a great middle grade series; I did not even realize a new one was coming out. The author said that this is the book she was meant to write for thi...

    Review coming soon ...

    The weakest of the four books. The adventures of the kids got more ridiculous this time but still fun to follow them. Sure wish the author would deal with those Trixles instead of leaving them as a loose end. ...

    Oh my how I adored this book! Moose Flanagan has resided in my heart since book one and each book has gotten better. It is perfect. More later on the blog. ...

    Review originally published 19 June 2018 at Falling Letters. I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Al Capone Does My Shirts was published in 2004, when I was in middle school. I remember seeing the book on my school library?s shelf. The title in...

    This was my first exposure to Moose and all his friends, including those more infamous than others, and despite that fact, I rather enjoyed my stay on the island "no one escapes". Moose Flanagan...what is there to say about Moose Flanagan. He's not your typical hero, heck he's only ...

    This wonderful piece of historical fiction has all of the right elements--baseball, Alcatraz, brotherly and romantic love, and plenty of humor and life lessons. Just as she did in the previous three books n this series, Al Capone Does My Shirts, Al Capone Shines My Shoes, and Al Capone...

    With my interest in children's literature, I have read all of the books in this series that are a mix of fiction and fact taking place in the 30s on Alcatraz. The stories focus on how the prisoners' lives intersect with the children of those who work at the prison as they share an isla...

    A solid and fascinating middle grade read like the prior installments. I'm always a bit suspicious of a follow-up so long after a series has appeared to end, but AL CAPONE THROWS ME A CURVE puts a nice cap on the series. Moose and Nat both mature a lot over the course of the novel. ...

    I love this series and this book provided a satisfying end?although I would love to see Moose and Natalie and all their friends again a few years in the future! Lots of fun facts about the experience of living on Alcatraz (and I love that the author provides a breakdown of facts and ...

    Thank you to the MA YABR blog for the free book! ~*~*~*~*~* I couldn't put this down, especially the last third. Choldenko has written another winning book about how difficult it is to be the sibling of someone with a disability -- Moose has to grow up faster and take on more respons...

    It was a nice surprise to see a new book in the series, which I thought was done after 3 books. My daughter is now too old to read them ... but I'm not! I enjoyed being back on the island. I thought it had a pretty satisfying ending, but the events that led to the climax seemed quite a...

    I rarely get to the fourth book in a series but there is something about Moose, his obsession with baseball, his home on Alcatraz, and his relationship with his sister Natalie that really draws me in. Add to that the narration of the audiobook by Kirby Heybourne, and I would probably r...

  • Laura Gardner
    Jul 02, 2018

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go. Al Capone Thro...

    In the fourth book in this engaging series, Moose will be entering high school soon and wants to be on the varsity baseball team, but dealing with his autistic older sister is very challenging. In the intense last quarter of the novel, Natalie is tricked into entering the prison and Mo...

    Before beginning high school, Moose struggles to join the baseball team and care for a sister with autism, all while living on Alcatraz Island. Moose is the son of the assistant warden on Alcatraz. He encounters many obstacles in his quest join a baseball team during the summer befo...

    4.5. Moose is still on Alcatraz Island, finishing up 8th grade and getting ready for high school and their baseball team. But the convicts are striking, his dad is up for Warden, he's been tasked with taking care of both Piper and Natalie, and there is someone on the island who is will...

    Another winner! I have really enjoyed this series and this 4th book was as good as the others. Moose is 13 (and a half) in this book and he is really growing up. His family is suffering growing pains as his mom is freaking out about Natalie becoming a young woman and getting a crush. H...

    This was by far the most tense and action packed book in the series. After reading, I feel doubtful that another book will come out, but with all my heart I hope for another one. This is a series that combines both funny and serious elements all in one to create a seemingly flawless mi...

    Public Library E Book There are a lot of things going on for Moose now that summer is approaching. He desperately wants to be on the high school baseball team, even though freshman rarely are. Also, Natalie has her 17th birthday, and her growing pains are evident. Her mother sti...

    4.5. Moose is wrapping up eighth grade, and desperately wants to join the high school baseball team as a freshman, which is unheard of. Back on Alcatraz, his dad is up for promotion to warden, the prisoners are striking, and in addition to taking care of his sister Natalie (now 17, des...

    I don?t know whether it is correct to compare this series to the Joey Pigza series. I?d never connected them before but it came strongly to mind as I read this one. I think the differing treatment of different characters? arcs across the books are comparable: some characters hard...

    I love good historical middle grade series and Choldenko's Al Capone series is excellent. This newest installment is no exception. It's interesting, it's entertaining, it's funny, and it's heartfelt. Moose is an understated but irresistible hero?it's impossible not to root for his su...

    This is the fourth in this series about Moose and his sister, Natalie. Moose is a teen now and having a sister on the autism spectrum, trying to get on the high school baseball team as a freshman, and playing bodyguard to the warden's duplicitous daughter are all making his life very c...

    Loved this sequel! Book 4 of the series. It?s been years since I?ve read one of these books. I felt like I just read a book recently and wasn?t that lost to remember the characters and previous stories. A great addition to any library. I liked reading about some facts regarding A...

    I've enjoyed every installment of this series. There is a lot going on but all the threads matter to the characters and the story but never feel overly inserted. I grew up as the older sister to a delightful and, at times, consuming developmentally disabled sister; Moose's frustrat...

    When I saw the Advance Reader's Copy of the fourth book in the Al Capone series I immediately got in line for the give-away. I enjoyed all the books, but I think this one tugged at my heartstrings the most. Moose desperately wants to get on the high school baseball team as a freshm...

    First Paragraph(s): Even when you live on a prison island with crafty criminals plotting ways to knock you off, summer is the best time of the year. No tests. No homework. No getting up early to catch the ferry. No teachers who think you flunked a few grades because you happen to be...

    Book #24 Read in 2018 Al Capone Throws Me a Curve by Gennifer Choldenko I was excited when offered a review copy of this fourth book in a great middle grade series; I did not even realize a new one was coming out. The author said that this is the book she was meant to write for thi...

    Review coming soon ...

    The weakest of the four books. The adventures of the kids got more ridiculous this time but still fun to follow them. Sure wish the author would deal with those Trixles instead of leaving them as a loose end. ...

    Oh my how I adored this book! Moose Flanagan has resided in my heart since book one and each book has gotten better. It is perfect. More later on the blog. ...

    Review originally published 19 June 2018 at Falling Letters. I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Al Capone Does My Shirts was published in 2004, when I was in middle school. I remember seeing the book on my school library?s shelf. The title in...

    This was my first exposure to Moose and all his friends, including those more infamous than others, and despite that fact, I rather enjoyed my stay on the island "no one escapes". Moose Flanagan...what is there to say about Moose Flanagan. He's not your typical hero, heck he's only ...

    This wonderful piece of historical fiction has all of the right elements--baseball, Alcatraz, brotherly and romantic love, and plenty of humor and life lessons. Just as she did in the previous three books n this series, Al Capone Does My Shirts, Al Capone Shines My Shoes, and Al Capone...

    With my interest in children's literature, I have read all of the books in this series that are a mix of fiction and fact taking place in the 30s on Alcatraz. The stories focus on how the prisoners' lives intersect with the children of those who work at the prison as they share an isla...

    A solid and fascinating middle grade read like the prior installments. I'm always a bit suspicious of a follow-up so long after a series has appeared to end, but AL CAPONE THROWS ME A CURVE puts a nice cap on the series. Moose and Nat both mature a lot over the course of the novel. ...

    I love this series and this book provided a satisfying end?although I would love to see Moose and Natalie and all their friends again a few years in the future! Lots of fun facts about the experience of living on Alcatraz (and I love that the author provides a breakdown of facts and ...

    Thank you to the MA YABR blog for the free book! ~*~*~*~*~* I couldn't put this down, especially the last third. Choldenko has written another winning book about how difficult it is to be the sibling of someone with a disability -- Moose has to grow up faster and take on more respons...

  • Susan
    May 07, 2018

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go. Al Capone Thro...

    In the fourth book in this engaging series, Moose will be entering high school soon and wants to be on the varsity baseball team, but dealing with his autistic older sister is very challenging. In the intense last quarter of the novel, Natalie is tricked into entering the prison and Mo...

    Before beginning high school, Moose struggles to join the baseball team and care for a sister with autism, all while living on Alcatraz Island. Moose is the son of the assistant warden on Alcatraz. He encounters many obstacles in his quest join a baseball team during the summer befo...

    4.5. Moose is still on Alcatraz Island, finishing up 8th grade and getting ready for high school and their baseball team. But the convicts are striking, his dad is up for Warden, he's been tasked with taking care of both Piper and Natalie, and there is someone on the island who is will...

    Another winner! I have really enjoyed this series and this 4th book was as good as the others. Moose is 13 (and a half) in this book and he is really growing up. His family is suffering growing pains as his mom is freaking out about Natalie becoming a young woman and getting a crush. H...

    This was by far the most tense and action packed book in the series. After reading, I feel doubtful that another book will come out, but with all my heart I hope for another one. This is a series that combines both funny and serious elements all in one to create a seemingly flawless mi...

    Public Library E Book There are a lot of things going on for Moose now that summer is approaching. He desperately wants to be on the high school baseball team, even though freshman rarely are. Also, Natalie has her 17th birthday, and her growing pains are evident. Her mother sti...

    4.5. Moose is wrapping up eighth grade, and desperately wants to join the high school baseball team as a freshman, which is unheard of. Back on Alcatraz, his dad is up for promotion to warden, the prisoners are striking, and in addition to taking care of his sister Natalie (now 17, des...

    I don?t know whether it is correct to compare this series to the Joey Pigza series. I?d never connected them before but it came strongly to mind as I read this one. I think the differing treatment of different characters? arcs across the books are comparable: some characters hard...

    I love good historical middle grade series and Choldenko's Al Capone series is excellent. This newest installment is no exception. It's interesting, it's entertaining, it's funny, and it's heartfelt. Moose is an understated but irresistible hero?it's impossible not to root for his su...

  • Maureen
    Sep 14, 2018

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go. Al Capone Thro...

    In the fourth book in this engaging series, Moose will be entering high school soon and wants to be on the varsity baseball team, but dealing with his autistic older sister is very challenging. In the intense last quarter of the novel, Natalie is tricked into entering the prison and Mo...

    Before beginning high school, Moose struggles to join the baseball team and care for a sister with autism, all while living on Alcatraz Island. Moose is the son of the assistant warden on Alcatraz. He encounters many obstacles in his quest join a baseball team during the summer befo...

    4.5. Moose is still on Alcatraz Island, finishing up 8th grade and getting ready for high school and their baseball team. But the convicts are striking, his dad is up for Warden, he's been tasked with taking care of both Piper and Natalie, and there is someone on the island who is will...

    Another winner! I have really enjoyed this series and this 4th book was as good as the others. Moose is 13 (and a half) in this book and he is really growing up. His family is suffering growing pains as his mom is freaking out about Natalie becoming a young woman and getting a crush. H...

    This was by far the most tense and action packed book in the series. After reading, I feel doubtful that another book will come out, but with all my heart I hope for another one. This is a series that combines both funny and serious elements all in one to create a seemingly flawless mi...

    Public Library E Book There are a lot of things going on for Moose now that summer is approaching. He desperately wants to be on the high school baseball team, even though freshman rarely are. Also, Natalie has her 17th birthday, and her growing pains are evident. Her mother sti...

    4.5. Moose is wrapping up eighth grade, and desperately wants to join the high school baseball team as a freshman, which is unheard of. Back on Alcatraz, his dad is up for promotion to warden, the prisoners are striking, and in addition to taking care of his sister Natalie (now 17, des...

    I don?t know whether it is correct to compare this series to the Joey Pigza series. I?d never connected them before but it came strongly to mind as I read this one. I think the differing treatment of different characters? arcs across the books are comparable: some characters hard...

    I love good historical middle grade series and Choldenko's Al Capone series is excellent. This newest installment is no exception. It's interesting, it's entertaining, it's funny, and it's heartfelt. Moose is an understated but irresistible hero?it's impossible not to root for his su...

    This is the fourth in this series about Moose and his sister, Natalie. Moose is a teen now and having a sister on the autism spectrum, trying to get on the high school baseball team as a freshman, and playing bodyguard to the warden's duplicitous daughter are all making his life very c...

    Loved this sequel! Book 4 of the series. It?s been years since I?ve read one of these books. I felt like I just read a book recently and wasn?t that lost to remember the characters and previous stories. A great addition to any library. I liked reading about some facts regarding A...

    I've enjoyed every installment of this series. There is a lot going on but all the threads matter to the characters and the story but never feel overly inserted. I grew up as the older sister to a delightful and, at times, consuming developmentally disabled sister; Moose's frustrat...

    When I saw the Advance Reader's Copy of the fourth book in the Al Capone series I immediately got in line for the give-away. I enjoyed all the books, but I think this one tugged at my heartstrings the most. Moose desperately wants to get on the high school baseball team as a freshm...

    First Paragraph(s): Even when you live on a prison island with crafty criminals plotting ways to knock you off, summer is the best time of the year. No tests. No homework. No getting up early to catch the ferry. No teachers who think you flunked a few grades because you happen to be...

    Book #24 Read in 2018 Al Capone Throws Me a Curve by Gennifer Choldenko I was excited when offered a review copy of this fourth book in a great middle grade series; I did not even realize a new one was coming out. The author said that this is the book she was meant to write for thi...

    Review coming soon ...

    The weakest of the four books. The adventures of the kids got more ridiculous this time but still fun to follow them. Sure wish the author would deal with those Trixles instead of leaving them as a loose end. ...

    Oh my how I adored this book! Moose Flanagan has resided in my heart since book one and each book has gotten better. It is perfect. More later on the blog. ...

    Review originally published 19 June 2018 at Falling Letters. I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Al Capone Does My Shirts was published in 2004, when I was in middle school. I remember seeing the book on my school library?s shelf. The title in...

    This was my first exposure to Moose and all his friends, including those more infamous than others, and despite that fact, I rather enjoyed my stay on the island "no one escapes". Moose Flanagan...what is there to say about Moose Flanagan. He's not your typical hero, heck he's only ...

    This wonderful piece of historical fiction has all of the right elements--baseball, Alcatraz, brotherly and romantic love, and plenty of humor and life lessons. Just as she did in the previous three books n this series, Al Capone Does My Shirts, Al Capone Shines My Shoes, and Al Capone...

    With my interest in children's literature, I have read all of the books in this series that are a mix of fiction and fact taking place in the 30s on Alcatraz. The stories focus on how the prisoners' lives intersect with the children of those who work at the prison as they share an isla...

    A solid and fascinating middle grade read like the prior installments. I'm always a bit suspicious of a follow-up so long after a series has appeared to end, but AL CAPONE THROWS ME A CURVE puts a nice cap on the series. Moose and Nat both mature a lot over the course of the novel. ...

    I love this series and this book provided a satisfying end?although I would love to see Moose and Natalie and all their friends again a few years in the future! Lots of fun facts about the experience of living on Alcatraz (and I love that the author provides a breakdown of facts and ...

  • Sue
    Jul 19, 2018

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go. Al Capone Thro...

    In the fourth book in this engaging series, Moose will be entering high school soon and wants to be on the varsity baseball team, but dealing with his autistic older sister is very challenging. In the intense last quarter of the novel, Natalie is tricked into entering the prison and Mo...

    Before beginning high school, Moose struggles to join the baseball team and care for a sister with autism, all while living on Alcatraz Island. Moose is the son of the assistant warden on Alcatraz. He encounters many obstacles in his quest join a baseball team during the summer befo...

    4.5. Moose is still on Alcatraz Island, finishing up 8th grade and getting ready for high school and their baseball team. But the convicts are striking, his dad is up for Warden, he's been tasked with taking care of both Piper and Natalie, and there is someone on the island who is will...

    Another winner! I have really enjoyed this series and this 4th book was as good as the others. Moose is 13 (and a half) in this book and he is really growing up. His family is suffering growing pains as his mom is freaking out about Natalie becoming a young woman and getting a crush. H...

    This was by far the most tense and action packed book in the series. After reading, I feel doubtful that another book will come out, but with all my heart I hope for another one. This is a series that combines both funny and serious elements all in one to create a seemingly flawless mi...

    Public Library E Book There are a lot of things going on for Moose now that summer is approaching. He desperately wants to be on the high school baseball team, even though freshman rarely are. Also, Natalie has her 17th birthday, and her growing pains are evident. Her mother sti...

    4.5. Moose is wrapping up eighth grade, and desperately wants to join the high school baseball team as a freshman, which is unheard of. Back on Alcatraz, his dad is up for promotion to warden, the prisoners are striking, and in addition to taking care of his sister Natalie (now 17, des...

    I don?t know whether it is correct to compare this series to the Joey Pigza series. I?d never connected them before but it came strongly to mind as I read this one. I think the differing treatment of different characters? arcs across the books are comparable: some characters hard...

    I love good historical middle grade series and Choldenko's Al Capone series is excellent. This newest installment is no exception. It's interesting, it's entertaining, it's funny, and it's heartfelt. Moose is an understated but irresistible hero?it's impossible not to root for his su...

    This is the fourth in this series about Moose and his sister, Natalie. Moose is a teen now and having a sister on the autism spectrum, trying to get on the high school baseball team as a freshman, and playing bodyguard to the warden's duplicitous daughter are all making his life very c...

  • DaNae
    Jul 03, 2018

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go. Al Capone Thro...

    In the fourth book in this engaging series, Moose will be entering high school soon and wants to be on the varsity baseball team, but dealing with his autistic older sister is very challenging. In the intense last quarter of the novel, Natalie is tricked into entering the prison and Mo...

    Before beginning high school, Moose struggles to join the baseball team and care for a sister with autism, all while living on Alcatraz Island. Moose is the son of the assistant warden on Alcatraz. He encounters many obstacles in his quest join a baseball team during the summer befo...

    4.5. Moose is still on Alcatraz Island, finishing up 8th grade and getting ready for high school and their baseball team. But the convicts are striking, his dad is up for Warden, he's been tasked with taking care of both Piper and Natalie, and there is someone on the island who is will...

    Another winner! I have really enjoyed this series and this 4th book was as good as the others. Moose is 13 (and a half) in this book and he is really growing up. His family is suffering growing pains as his mom is freaking out about Natalie becoming a young woman and getting a crush. H...

    This was by far the most tense and action packed book in the series. After reading, I feel doubtful that another book will come out, but with all my heart I hope for another one. This is a series that combines both funny and serious elements all in one to create a seemingly flawless mi...

    Public Library E Book There are a lot of things going on for Moose now that summer is approaching. He desperately wants to be on the high school baseball team, even though freshman rarely are. Also, Natalie has her 17th birthday, and her growing pains are evident. Her mother sti...

    4.5. Moose is wrapping up eighth grade, and desperately wants to join the high school baseball team as a freshman, which is unheard of. Back on Alcatraz, his dad is up for promotion to warden, the prisoners are striking, and in addition to taking care of his sister Natalie (now 17, des...

    I don?t know whether it is correct to compare this series to the Joey Pigza series. I?d never connected them before but it came strongly to mind as I read this one. I think the differing treatment of different characters? arcs across the books are comparable: some characters hard...

    I love good historical middle grade series and Choldenko's Al Capone series is excellent. This newest installment is no exception. It's interesting, it's entertaining, it's funny, and it's heartfelt. Moose is an understated but irresistible hero?it's impossible not to root for his su...

    This is the fourth in this series about Moose and his sister, Natalie. Moose is a teen now and having a sister on the autism spectrum, trying to get on the high school baseball team as a freshman, and playing bodyguard to the warden's duplicitous daughter are all making his life very c...

    Loved this sequel! Book 4 of the series. It?s been years since I?ve read one of these books. I felt like I just read a book recently and wasn?t that lost to remember the characters and previous stories. A great addition to any library. I liked reading about some facts regarding A...

    I've enjoyed every installment of this series. There is a lot going on but all the threads matter to the characters and the story but never feel overly inserted. I grew up as the older sister to a delightful and, at times, consuming developmentally disabled sister; Moose's frustrat...

  • Barbara
    May 29, 2018

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go. Al Capone Thro...

    In the fourth book in this engaging series, Moose will be entering high school soon and wants to be on the varsity baseball team, but dealing with his autistic older sister is very challenging. In the intense last quarter of the novel, Natalie is tricked into entering the prison and Mo...

    Before beginning high school, Moose struggles to join the baseball team and care for a sister with autism, all while living on Alcatraz Island. Moose is the son of the assistant warden on Alcatraz. He encounters many obstacles in his quest join a baseball team during the summer befo...

    4.5. Moose is still on Alcatraz Island, finishing up 8th grade and getting ready for high school and their baseball team. But the convicts are striking, his dad is up for Warden, he's been tasked with taking care of both Piper and Natalie, and there is someone on the island who is will...

    Another winner! I have really enjoyed this series and this 4th book was as good as the others. Moose is 13 (and a half) in this book and he is really growing up. His family is suffering growing pains as his mom is freaking out about Natalie becoming a young woman and getting a crush. H...

    This was by far the most tense and action packed book in the series. After reading, I feel doubtful that another book will come out, but with all my heart I hope for another one. This is a series that combines both funny and serious elements all in one to create a seemingly flawless mi...

    Public Library E Book There are a lot of things going on for Moose now that summer is approaching. He desperately wants to be on the high school baseball team, even though freshman rarely are. Also, Natalie has her 17th birthday, and her growing pains are evident. Her mother sti...

    4.5. Moose is wrapping up eighth grade, and desperately wants to join the high school baseball team as a freshman, which is unheard of. Back on Alcatraz, his dad is up for promotion to warden, the prisoners are striking, and in addition to taking care of his sister Natalie (now 17, des...

    I don?t know whether it is correct to compare this series to the Joey Pigza series. I?d never connected them before but it came strongly to mind as I read this one. I think the differing treatment of different characters? arcs across the books are comparable: some characters hard...

    I love good historical middle grade series and Choldenko's Al Capone series is excellent. This newest installment is no exception. It's interesting, it's entertaining, it's funny, and it's heartfelt. Moose is an understated but irresistible hero?it's impossible not to root for his su...

    This is the fourth in this series about Moose and his sister, Natalie. Moose is a teen now and having a sister on the autism spectrum, trying to get on the high school baseball team as a freshman, and playing bodyguard to the warden's duplicitous daughter are all making his life very c...

    Loved this sequel! Book 4 of the series. It?s been years since I?ve read one of these books. I felt like I just read a book recently and wasn?t that lost to remember the characters and previous stories. A great addition to any library. I liked reading about some facts regarding A...

    I've enjoyed every installment of this series. There is a lot going on but all the threads matter to the characters and the story but never feel overly inserted. I grew up as the older sister to a delightful and, at times, consuming developmentally disabled sister; Moose's frustrat...

    When I saw the Advance Reader's Copy of the fourth book in the Al Capone series I immediately got in line for the give-away. I enjoyed all the books, but I think this one tugged at my heartstrings the most. Moose desperately wants to get on the high school baseball team as a freshm...

    First Paragraph(s): Even when you live on a prison island with crafty criminals plotting ways to knock you off, summer is the best time of the year. No tests. No homework. No getting up early to catch the ferry. No teachers who think you flunked a few grades because you happen to be...

    Book #24 Read in 2018 Al Capone Throws Me a Curve by Gennifer Choldenko I was excited when offered a review copy of this fourth book in a great middle grade series; I did not even realize a new one was coming out. The author said that this is the book she was meant to write for thi...

    Review coming soon ...

    The weakest of the four books. The adventures of the kids got more ridiculous this time but still fun to follow them. Sure wish the author would deal with those Trixles instead of leaving them as a loose end. ...

    Oh my how I adored this book! Moose Flanagan has resided in my heart since book one and each book has gotten better. It is perfect. More later on the blog. ...

    Review originally published 19 June 2018 at Falling Letters. I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Al Capone Does My Shirts was published in 2004, when I was in middle school. I remember seeing the book on my school library?s shelf. The title in...

    This was my first exposure to Moose and all his friends, including those more infamous than others, and despite that fact, I rather enjoyed my stay on the island "no one escapes". Moose Flanagan...what is there to say about Moose Flanagan. He's not your typical hero, heck he's only ...

    This wonderful piece of historical fiction has all of the right elements--baseball, Alcatraz, brotherly and romantic love, and plenty of humor and life lessons. Just as she did in the previous three books n this series, Al Capone Does My Shirts, Al Capone Shines My Shoes, and Al Capone...

  • Elizabeth
    Jun 25, 2018

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go. Al Capone Thro...

    In the fourth book in this engaging series, Moose will be entering high school soon and wants to be on the varsity baseball team, but dealing with his autistic older sister is very challenging. In the intense last quarter of the novel, Natalie is tricked into entering the prison and Mo...

    Before beginning high school, Moose struggles to join the baseball team and care for a sister with autism, all while living on Alcatraz Island. Moose is the son of the assistant warden on Alcatraz. He encounters many obstacles in his quest join a baseball team during the summer befo...

    4.5. Moose is still on Alcatraz Island, finishing up 8th grade and getting ready for high school and their baseball team. But the convicts are striking, his dad is up for Warden, he's been tasked with taking care of both Piper and Natalie, and there is someone on the island who is will...

    Another winner! I have really enjoyed this series and this 4th book was as good as the others. Moose is 13 (and a half) in this book and he is really growing up. His family is suffering growing pains as his mom is freaking out about Natalie becoming a young woman and getting a crush. H...

    This was by far the most tense and action packed book in the series. After reading, I feel doubtful that another book will come out, but with all my heart I hope for another one. This is a series that combines both funny and serious elements all in one to create a seemingly flawless mi...

    Public Library E Book There are a lot of things going on for Moose now that summer is approaching. He desperately wants to be on the high school baseball team, even though freshman rarely are. Also, Natalie has her 17th birthday, and her growing pains are evident. Her mother sti...

    4.5. Moose is wrapping up eighth grade, and desperately wants to join the high school baseball team as a freshman, which is unheard of. Back on Alcatraz, his dad is up for promotion to warden, the prisoners are striking, and in addition to taking care of his sister Natalie (now 17, des...

  • Michelle
    Jul 16, 2018

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go. Al Capone Thro...

    In the fourth book in this engaging series, Moose will be entering high school soon and wants to be on the varsity baseball team, but dealing with his autistic older sister is very challenging. In the intense last quarter of the novel, Natalie is tricked into entering the prison and Mo...

    Before beginning high school, Moose struggles to join the baseball team and care for a sister with autism, all while living on Alcatraz Island. Moose is the son of the assistant warden on Alcatraz. He encounters many obstacles in his quest join a baseball team during the summer befo...

    4.5. Moose is still on Alcatraz Island, finishing up 8th grade and getting ready for high school and their baseball team. But the convicts are striking, his dad is up for Warden, he's been tasked with taking care of both Piper and Natalie, and there is someone on the island who is will...

    Another winner! I have really enjoyed this series and this 4th book was as good as the others. Moose is 13 (and a half) in this book and he is really growing up. His family is suffering growing pains as his mom is freaking out about Natalie becoming a young woman and getting a crush. H...

    This was by far the most tense and action packed book in the series. After reading, I feel doubtful that another book will come out, but with all my heart I hope for another one. This is a series that combines both funny and serious elements all in one to create a seemingly flawless mi...

    Public Library E Book There are a lot of things going on for Moose now that summer is approaching. He desperately wants to be on the high school baseball team, even though freshman rarely are. Also, Natalie has her 17th birthday, and her growing pains are evident. Her mother sti...

    4.5. Moose is wrapping up eighth grade, and desperately wants to join the high school baseball team as a freshman, which is unheard of. Back on Alcatraz, his dad is up for promotion to warden, the prisoners are striking, and in addition to taking care of his sister Natalie (now 17, des...

    I don?t know whether it is correct to compare this series to the Joey Pigza series. I?d never connected them before but it came strongly to mind as I read this one. I think the differing treatment of different characters? arcs across the books are comparable: some characters hard...

    I love good historical middle grade series and Choldenko's Al Capone series is excellent. This newest installment is no exception. It's interesting, it's entertaining, it's funny, and it's heartfelt. Moose is an understated but irresistible hero?it's impossible not to root for his su...

    This is the fourth in this series about Moose and his sister, Natalie. Moose is a teen now and having a sister on the autism spectrum, trying to get on the high school baseball team as a freshman, and playing bodyguard to the warden's duplicitous daughter are all making his life very c...

    Loved this sequel! Book 4 of the series. It?s been years since I?ve read one of these books. I felt like I just read a book recently and wasn?t that lost to remember the characters and previous stories. A great addition to any library. I liked reading about some facts regarding A...

  • Catherine
    Jun 16, 2018

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go. Al Capone Thro...

    In the fourth book in this engaging series, Moose will be entering high school soon and wants to be on the varsity baseball team, but dealing with his autistic older sister is very challenging. In the intense last quarter of the novel, Natalie is tricked into entering the prison and Mo...

    Before beginning high school, Moose struggles to join the baseball team and care for a sister with autism, all while living on Alcatraz Island. Moose is the son of the assistant warden on Alcatraz. He encounters many obstacles in his quest join a baseball team during the summer befo...

    4.5. Moose is still on Alcatraz Island, finishing up 8th grade and getting ready for high school and their baseball team. But the convicts are striking, his dad is up for Warden, he's been tasked with taking care of both Piper and Natalie, and there is someone on the island who is will...

    Another winner! I have really enjoyed this series and this 4th book was as good as the others. Moose is 13 (and a half) in this book and he is really growing up. His family is suffering growing pains as his mom is freaking out about Natalie becoming a young woman and getting a crush. H...

    This was by far the most tense and action packed book in the series. After reading, I feel doubtful that another book will come out, but with all my heart I hope for another one. This is a series that combines both funny and serious elements all in one to create a seemingly flawless mi...

    Public Library E Book There are a lot of things going on for Moose now that summer is approaching. He desperately wants to be on the high school baseball team, even though freshman rarely are. Also, Natalie has her 17th birthday, and her growing pains are evident. Her mother sti...

    4.5. Moose is wrapping up eighth grade, and desperately wants to join the high school baseball team as a freshman, which is unheard of. Back on Alcatraz, his dad is up for promotion to warden, the prisoners are striking, and in addition to taking care of his sister Natalie (now 17, des...

    I don?t know whether it is correct to compare this series to the Joey Pigza series. I?d never connected them before but it came strongly to mind as I read this one. I think the differing treatment of different characters? arcs across the books are comparable: some characters hard...

    I love good historical middle grade series and Choldenko's Al Capone series is excellent. This newest installment is no exception. It's interesting, it's entertaining, it's funny, and it's heartfelt. Moose is an understated but irresistible hero?it's impossible not to root for his su...

    This is the fourth in this series about Moose and his sister, Natalie. Moose is a teen now and having a sister on the autism spectrum, trying to get on the high school baseball team as a freshman, and playing bodyguard to the warden's duplicitous daughter are all making his life very c...

    Loved this sequel! Book 4 of the series. It?s been years since I?ve read one of these books. I felt like I just read a book recently and wasn?t that lost to remember the characters and previous stories. A great addition to any library. I liked reading about some facts regarding A...

    I've enjoyed every installment of this series. There is a lot going on but all the threads matter to the characters and the story but never feel overly inserted. I grew up as the older sister to a delightful and, at times, consuming developmentally disabled sister; Moose's frustrat...

    When I saw the Advance Reader's Copy of the fourth book in the Al Capone series I immediately got in line for the give-away. I enjoyed all the books, but I think this one tugged at my heartstrings the most. Moose desperately wants to get on the high school baseball team as a freshm...

    First Paragraph(s): Even when you live on a prison island with crafty criminals plotting ways to knock you off, summer is the best time of the year. No tests. No homework. No getting up early to catch the ferry. No teachers who think you flunked a few grades because you happen to be...

    Book #24 Read in 2018 Al Capone Throws Me a Curve by Gennifer Choldenko I was excited when offered a review copy of this fourth book in a great middle grade series; I did not even realize a new one was coming out. The author said that this is the book she was meant to write for thi...

    Review coming soon ...

    The weakest of the four books. The adventures of the kids got more ridiculous this time but still fun to follow them. Sure wish the author would deal with those Trixles instead of leaving them as a loose end. ...

  • Mary Louise
    Apr 04, 2018

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go. Al Capone Thro...

    In the fourth book in this engaging series, Moose will be entering high school soon and wants to be on the varsity baseball team, but dealing with his autistic older sister is very challenging. In the intense last quarter of the novel, Natalie is tricked into entering the prison and Mo...

    Before beginning high school, Moose struggles to join the baseball team and care for a sister with autism, all while living on Alcatraz Island. Moose is the son of the assistant warden on Alcatraz. He encounters many obstacles in his quest join a baseball team during the summer befo...

    4.5. Moose is still on Alcatraz Island, finishing up 8th grade and getting ready for high school and their baseball team. But the convicts are striking, his dad is up for Warden, he's been tasked with taking care of both Piper and Natalie, and there is someone on the island who is will...

    Another winner! I have really enjoyed this series and this 4th book was as good as the others. Moose is 13 (and a half) in this book and he is really growing up. His family is suffering growing pains as his mom is freaking out about Natalie becoming a young woman and getting a crush. H...

    This was by far the most tense and action packed book in the series. After reading, I feel doubtful that another book will come out, but with all my heart I hope for another one. This is a series that combines both funny and serious elements all in one to create a seemingly flawless mi...

    Public Library E Book There are a lot of things going on for Moose now that summer is approaching. He desperately wants to be on the high school baseball team, even though freshman rarely are. Also, Natalie has her 17th birthday, and her growing pains are evident. Her mother sti...

    4.5. Moose is wrapping up eighth grade, and desperately wants to join the high school baseball team as a freshman, which is unheard of. Back on Alcatraz, his dad is up for promotion to warden, the prisoners are striking, and in addition to taking care of his sister Natalie (now 17, des...

    I don?t know whether it is correct to compare this series to the Joey Pigza series. I?d never connected them before but it came strongly to mind as I read this one. I think the differing treatment of different characters? arcs across the books are comparable: some characters hard...

    I love good historical middle grade series and Choldenko's Al Capone series is excellent. This newest installment is no exception. It's interesting, it's entertaining, it's funny, and it's heartfelt. Moose is an understated but irresistible hero?it's impossible not to root for his su...

    This is the fourth in this series about Moose and his sister, Natalie. Moose is a teen now and having a sister on the autism spectrum, trying to get on the high school baseball team as a freshman, and playing bodyguard to the warden's duplicitous daughter are all making his life very c...

    Loved this sequel! Book 4 of the series. It?s been years since I?ve read one of these books. I felt like I just read a book recently and wasn?t that lost to remember the characters and previous stories. A great addition to any library. I liked reading about some facts regarding A...

    I've enjoyed every installment of this series. There is a lot going on but all the threads matter to the characters and the story but never feel overly inserted. I grew up as the older sister to a delightful and, at times, consuming developmentally disabled sister; Moose's frustrat...

    When I saw the Advance Reader's Copy of the fourth book in the Al Capone series I immediately got in line for the give-away. I enjoyed all the books, but I think this one tugged at my heartstrings the most. Moose desperately wants to get on the high school baseball team as a freshm...

  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    Jul 11, 2018

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go. Al Capone Thro...

    In the fourth book in this engaging series, Moose will be entering high school soon and wants to be on the varsity baseball team, but dealing with his autistic older sister is very challenging. In the intense last quarter of the novel, Natalie is tricked into entering the prison and Mo...

    Before beginning high school, Moose struggles to join the baseball team and care for a sister with autism, all while living on Alcatraz Island. Moose is the son of the assistant warden on Alcatraz. He encounters many obstacles in his quest join a baseball team during the summer befo...

    4.5. Moose is still on Alcatraz Island, finishing up 8th grade and getting ready for high school and their baseball team. But the convicts are striking, his dad is up for Warden, he's been tasked with taking care of both Piper and Natalie, and there is someone on the island who is will...

    Another winner! I have really enjoyed this series and this 4th book was as good as the others. Moose is 13 (and a half) in this book and he is really growing up. His family is suffering growing pains as his mom is freaking out about Natalie becoming a young woman and getting a crush. H...

    This was by far the most tense and action packed book in the series. After reading, I feel doubtful that another book will come out, but with all my heart I hope for another one. This is a series that combines both funny and serious elements all in one to create a seemingly flawless mi...

    Public Library E Book There are a lot of things going on for Moose now that summer is approaching. He desperately wants to be on the high school baseball team, even though freshman rarely are. Also, Natalie has her 17th birthday, and her growing pains are evident. Her mother sti...

    4.5. Moose is wrapping up eighth grade, and desperately wants to join the high school baseball team as a freshman, which is unheard of. Back on Alcatraz, his dad is up for promotion to warden, the prisoners are striking, and in addition to taking care of his sister Natalie (now 17, des...

    I don?t know whether it is correct to compare this series to the Joey Pigza series. I?d never connected them before but it came strongly to mind as I read this one. I think the differing treatment of different characters? arcs across the books are comparable: some characters hard...

    I love good historical middle grade series and Choldenko's Al Capone series is excellent. This newest installment is no exception. It's interesting, it's entertaining, it's funny, and it's heartfelt. Moose is an understated but irresistible hero?it's impossible not to root for his su...

    This is the fourth in this series about Moose and his sister, Natalie. Moose is a teen now and having a sister on the autism spectrum, trying to get on the high school baseball team as a freshman, and playing bodyguard to the warden's duplicitous daughter are all making his life very c...

    Loved this sequel! Book 4 of the series. It?s been years since I?ve read one of these books. I felt like I just read a book recently and wasn?t that lost to remember the characters and previous stories. A great addition to any library. I liked reading about some facts regarding A...

    I've enjoyed every installment of this series. There is a lot going on but all the threads matter to the characters and the story but never feel overly inserted. I grew up as the older sister to a delightful and, at times, consuming developmentally disabled sister; Moose's frustrat...

    When I saw the Advance Reader's Copy of the fourth book in the Al Capone series I immediately got in line for the give-away. I enjoyed all the books, but I think this one tugged at my heartstrings the most. Moose desperately wants to get on the high school baseball team as a freshm...

    First Paragraph(s): Even when you live on a prison island with crafty criminals plotting ways to knock you off, summer is the best time of the year. No tests. No homework. No getting up early to catch the ferry. No teachers who think you flunked a few grades because you happen to be...

    Book #24 Read in 2018 Al Capone Throws Me a Curve by Gennifer Choldenko I was excited when offered a review copy of this fourth book in a great middle grade series; I did not even realize a new one was coming out. The author said that this is the book she was meant to write for thi...

    Review coming soon ...

    The weakest of the four books. The adventures of the kids got more ridiculous this time but still fun to follow them. Sure wish the author would deal with those Trixles instead of leaving them as a loose end. ...

    Oh my how I adored this book! Moose Flanagan has resided in my heart since book one and each book has gotten better. It is perfect. More later on the blog. ...

    Review originally published 19 June 2018 at Falling Letters. I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Al Capone Does My Shirts was published in 2004, when I was in middle school. I remember seeing the book on my school library?s shelf. The title in...

    This was my first exposure to Moose and all his friends, including those more infamous than others, and despite that fact, I rather enjoyed my stay on the island "no one escapes". Moose Flanagan...what is there to say about Moose Flanagan. He's not your typical hero, heck he's only ...

    This wonderful piece of historical fiction has all of the right elements--baseball, Alcatraz, brotherly and romantic love, and plenty of humor and life lessons. Just as she did in the previous three books n this series, Al Capone Does My Shirts, Al Capone Shines My Shoes, and Al Capone...

    With my interest in children's literature, I have read all of the books in this series that are a mix of fiction and fact taking place in the 30s on Alcatraz. The stories focus on how the prisoners' lives intersect with the children of those who work at the prison as they share an isla...

    A solid and fascinating middle grade read like the prior installments. I'm always a bit suspicious of a follow-up so long after a series has appeared to end, but AL CAPONE THROWS ME A CURVE puts a nice cap on the series. Moose and Nat both mature a lot over the course of the novel. ...

  • Ms. Yingling
    May 29, 2018

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go. Al Capone Thro...

    In the fourth book in this engaging series, Moose will be entering high school soon and wants to be on the varsity baseball team, but dealing with his autistic older sister is very challenging. In the intense last quarter of the novel, Natalie is tricked into entering the prison and Mo...

    Before beginning high school, Moose struggles to join the baseball team and care for a sister with autism, all while living on Alcatraz Island. Moose is the son of the assistant warden on Alcatraz. He encounters many obstacles in his quest join a baseball team during the summer befo...

    4.5. Moose is still on Alcatraz Island, finishing up 8th grade and getting ready for high school and their baseball team. But the convicts are striking, his dad is up for Warden, he's been tasked with taking care of both Piper and Natalie, and there is someone on the island who is will...

    Another winner! I have really enjoyed this series and this 4th book was as good as the others. Moose is 13 (and a half) in this book and he is really growing up. His family is suffering growing pains as his mom is freaking out about Natalie becoming a young woman and getting a crush. H...

    This was by far the most tense and action packed book in the series. After reading, I feel doubtful that another book will come out, but with all my heart I hope for another one. This is a series that combines both funny and serious elements all in one to create a seemingly flawless mi...

    Public Library E Book There are a lot of things going on for Moose now that summer is approaching. He desperately wants to be on the high school baseball team, even though freshman rarely are. Also, Natalie has her 17th birthday, and her growing pains are evident. Her mother sti...

  • Gmr
    May 31, 2018

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go. Al Capone Thro...

    In the fourth book in this engaging series, Moose will be entering high school soon and wants to be on the varsity baseball team, but dealing with his autistic older sister is very challenging. In the intense last quarter of the novel, Natalie is tricked into entering the prison and Mo...

    Before beginning high school, Moose struggles to join the baseball team and care for a sister with autism, all while living on Alcatraz Island. Moose is the son of the assistant warden on Alcatraz. He encounters many obstacles in his quest join a baseball team during the summer befo...

    4.5. Moose is still on Alcatraz Island, finishing up 8th grade and getting ready for high school and their baseball team. But the convicts are striking, his dad is up for Warden, he's been tasked with taking care of both Piper and Natalie, and there is someone on the island who is will...

    Another winner! I have really enjoyed this series and this 4th book was as good as the others. Moose is 13 (and a half) in this book and he is really growing up. His family is suffering growing pains as his mom is freaking out about Natalie becoming a young woman and getting a crush. H...

    This was by far the most tense and action packed book in the series. After reading, I feel doubtful that another book will come out, but with all my heart I hope for another one. This is a series that combines both funny and serious elements all in one to create a seemingly flawless mi...

    Public Library E Book There are a lot of things going on for Moose now that summer is approaching. He desperately wants to be on the high school baseball team, even though freshman rarely are. Also, Natalie has her 17th birthday, and her growing pains are evident. Her mother sti...

    4.5. Moose is wrapping up eighth grade, and desperately wants to join the high school baseball team as a freshman, which is unheard of. Back on Alcatraz, his dad is up for promotion to warden, the prisoners are striking, and in addition to taking care of his sister Natalie (now 17, des...

    I don?t know whether it is correct to compare this series to the Joey Pigza series. I?d never connected them before but it came strongly to mind as I read this one. I think the differing treatment of different characters? arcs across the books are comparable: some characters hard...

    I love good historical middle grade series and Choldenko's Al Capone series is excellent. This newest installment is no exception. It's interesting, it's entertaining, it's funny, and it's heartfelt. Moose is an understated but irresistible hero?it's impossible not to root for his su...

    This is the fourth in this series about Moose and his sister, Natalie. Moose is a teen now and having a sister on the autism spectrum, trying to get on the high school baseball team as a freshman, and playing bodyguard to the warden's duplicitous daughter are all making his life very c...

    Loved this sequel! Book 4 of the series. It?s been years since I?ve read one of these books. I felt like I just read a book recently and wasn?t that lost to remember the characters and previous stories. A great addition to any library. I liked reading about some facts regarding A...

    I've enjoyed every installment of this series. There is a lot going on but all the threads matter to the characters and the story but never feel overly inserted. I grew up as the older sister to a delightful and, at times, consuming developmentally disabled sister; Moose's frustrat...

    When I saw the Advance Reader's Copy of the fourth book in the Al Capone series I immediately got in line for the give-away. I enjoyed all the books, but I think this one tugged at my heartstrings the most. Moose desperately wants to get on the high school baseball team as a freshm...

    First Paragraph(s): Even when you live on a prison island with crafty criminals plotting ways to knock you off, summer is the best time of the year. No tests. No homework. No getting up early to catch the ferry. No teachers who think you flunked a few grades because you happen to be...

    Book #24 Read in 2018 Al Capone Throws Me a Curve by Gennifer Choldenko I was excited when offered a review copy of this fourth book in a great middle grade series; I did not even realize a new one was coming out. The author said that this is the book she was meant to write for thi...

    Review coming soon ...

    The weakest of the four books. The adventures of the kids got more ridiculous this time but still fun to follow them. Sure wish the author would deal with those Trixles instead of leaving them as a loose end. ...

    Oh my how I adored this book! Moose Flanagan has resided in my heart since book one and each book has gotten better. It is perfect. More later on the blog. ...

    Review originally published 19 June 2018 at Falling Letters. I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Al Capone Does My Shirts was published in 2004, when I was in middle school. I remember seeing the book on my school library?s shelf. The title in...

    This was my first exposure to Moose and all his friends, including those more infamous than others, and despite that fact, I rather enjoyed my stay on the island "no one escapes". Moose Flanagan...what is there to say about Moose Flanagan. He's not your typical hero, heck he's only ...

  • Brenda Kahn
    Feb 25, 2018

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go. Al Capone Thro...

    In the fourth book in this engaging series, Moose will be entering high school soon and wants to be on the varsity baseball team, but dealing with his autistic older sister is very challenging. In the intense last quarter of the novel, Natalie is tricked into entering the prison and Mo...

    Before beginning high school, Moose struggles to join the baseball team and care for a sister with autism, all while living on Alcatraz Island. Moose is the son of the assistant warden on Alcatraz. He encounters many obstacles in his quest join a baseball team during the summer befo...

    4.5. Moose is still on Alcatraz Island, finishing up 8th grade and getting ready for high school and their baseball team. But the convicts are striking, his dad is up for Warden, he's been tasked with taking care of both Piper and Natalie, and there is someone on the island who is will...

    Another winner! I have really enjoyed this series and this 4th book was as good as the others. Moose is 13 (and a half) in this book and he is really growing up. His family is suffering growing pains as his mom is freaking out about Natalie becoming a young woman and getting a crush. H...

    This was by far the most tense and action packed book in the series. After reading, I feel doubtful that another book will come out, but with all my heart I hope for another one. This is a series that combines both funny and serious elements all in one to create a seemingly flawless mi...

    Public Library E Book There are a lot of things going on for Moose now that summer is approaching. He desperately wants to be on the high school baseball team, even though freshman rarely are. Also, Natalie has her 17th birthday, and her growing pains are evident. Her mother sti...

    4.5. Moose is wrapping up eighth grade, and desperately wants to join the high school baseball team as a freshman, which is unheard of. Back on Alcatraz, his dad is up for promotion to warden, the prisoners are striking, and in addition to taking care of his sister Natalie (now 17, des...

    I don?t know whether it is correct to compare this series to the Joey Pigza series. I?d never connected them before but it came strongly to mind as I read this one. I think the differing treatment of different characters? arcs across the books are comparable: some characters hard...

    I love good historical middle grade series and Choldenko's Al Capone series is excellent. This newest installment is no exception. It's interesting, it's entertaining, it's funny, and it's heartfelt. Moose is an understated but irresistible hero?it's impossible not to root for his su...

    This is the fourth in this series about Moose and his sister, Natalie. Moose is a teen now and having a sister on the autism spectrum, trying to get on the high school baseball team as a freshman, and playing bodyguard to the warden's duplicitous daughter are all making his life very c...

    Loved this sequel! Book 4 of the series. It?s been years since I?ve read one of these books. I felt like I just read a book recently and wasn?t that lost to remember the characters and previous stories. A great addition to any library. I liked reading about some facts regarding A...

    I've enjoyed every installment of this series. There is a lot going on but all the threads matter to the characters and the story but never feel overly inserted. I grew up as the older sister to a delightful and, at times, consuming developmentally disabled sister; Moose's frustrat...

    When I saw the Advance Reader's Copy of the fourth book in the Al Capone series I immediately got in line for the give-away. I enjoyed all the books, but I think this one tugged at my heartstrings the most. Moose desperately wants to get on the high school baseball team as a freshm...

    First Paragraph(s): Even when you live on a prison island with crafty criminals plotting ways to knock you off, summer is the best time of the year. No tests. No homework. No getting up early to catch the ferry. No teachers who think you flunked a few grades because you happen to be...

    Book #24 Read in 2018 Al Capone Throws Me a Curve by Gennifer Choldenko I was excited when offered a review copy of this fourth book in a great middle grade series; I did not even realize a new one was coming out. The author said that this is the book she was meant to write for thi...

    Review coming soon ...

    The weakest of the four books. The adventures of the kids got more ridiculous this time but still fun to follow them. Sure wish the author would deal with those Trixles instead of leaving them as a loose end. ...

    Oh my how I adored this book! Moose Flanagan has resided in my heart since book one and each book has gotten better. It is perfect. More later on the blog. ...

  • Lonna Pierce
    Jul 26, 2018

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go. Al Capone Thro...

    In the fourth book in this engaging series, Moose will be entering high school soon and wants to be on the varsity baseball team, but dealing with his autistic older sister is very challenging. In the intense last quarter of the novel, Natalie is tricked into entering the prison and Mo...

    Before beginning high school, Moose struggles to join the baseball team and care for a sister with autism, all while living on Alcatraz Island. Moose is the son of the assistant warden on Alcatraz. He encounters many obstacles in his quest join a baseball team during the summer befo...

    4.5. Moose is still on Alcatraz Island, finishing up 8th grade and getting ready for high school and their baseball team. But the convicts are striking, his dad is up for Warden, he's been tasked with taking care of both Piper and Natalie, and there is someone on the island who is will...

    Another winner! I have really enjoyed this series and this 4th book was as good as the others. Moose is 13 (and a half) in this book and he is really growing up. His family is suffering growing pains as his mom is freaking out about Natalie becoming a young woman and getting a crush. H...

    This was by far the most tense and action packed book in the series. After reading, I feel doubtful that another book will come out, but with all my heart I hope for another one. This is a series that combines both funny and serious elements all in one to create a seemingly flawless mi...

    Public Library E Book There are a lot of things going on for Moose now that summer is approaching. He desperately wants to be on the high school baseball team, even though freshman rarely are. Also, Natalie has her 17th birthday, and her growing pains are evident. Her mother sti...

    4.5. Moose is wrapping up eighth grade, and desperately wants to join the high school baseball team as a freshman, which is unheard of. Back on Alcatraz, his dad is up for promotion to warden, the prisoners are striking, and in addition to taking care of his sister Natalie (now 17, des...

    I don?t know whether it is correct to compare this series to the Joey Pigza series. I?d never connected them before but it came strongly to mind as I read this one. I think the differing treatment of different characters? arcs across the books are comparable: some characters hard...

    I love good historical middle grade series and Choldenko's Al Capone series is excellent. This newest installment is no exception. It's interesting, it's entertaining, it's funny, and it's heartfelt. Moose is an understated but irresistible hero?it's impossible not to root for his su...

    This is the fourth in this series about Moose and his sister, Natalie. Moose is a teen now and having a sister on the autism spectrum, trying to get on the high school baseball team as a freshman, and playing bodyguard to the warden's duplicitous daughter are all making his life very c...

    Loved this sequel! Book 4 of the series. It?s been years since I?ve read one of these books. I felt like I just read a book recently and wasn?t that lost to remember the characters and previous stories. A great addition to any library. I liked reading about some facts regarding A...

    I've enjoyed every installment of this series. There is a lot going on but all the threads matter to the characters and the story but never feel overly inserted. I grew up as the older sister to a delightful and, at times, consuming developmentally disabled sister; Moose's frustrat...

    When I saw the Advance Reader's Copy of the fourth book in the Al Capone series I immediately got in line for the give-away. I enjoyed all the books, but I think this one tugged at my heartstrings the most. Moose desperately wants to get on the high school baseball team as a freshm...

    First Paragraph(s): Even when you live on a prison island with crafty criminals plotting ways to knock you off, summer is the best time of the year. No tests. No homework. No getting up early to catch the ferry. No teachers who think you flunked a few grades because you happen to be...

    Book #24 Read in 2018 Al Capone Throws Me a Curve by Gennifer Choldenko I was excited when offered a review copy of this fourth book in a great middle grade series; I did not even realize a new one was coming out. The author said that this is the book she was meant to write for thi...

    Review coming soon ...

    The weakest of the four books. The adventures of the kids got more ridiculous this time but still fun to follow them. Sure wish the author would deal with those Trixles instead of leaving them as a loose end. ...

    Oh my how I adored this book! Moose Flanagan has resided in my heart since book one and each book has gotten better. It is perfect. More later on the blog. ...

    Review originally published 19 June 2018 at Falling Letters. I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Al Capone Does My Shirts was published in 2004, when I was in middle school. I remember seeing the book on my school library?s shelf. The title in...

    This was my first exposure to Moose and all his friends, including those more infamous than others, and despite that fact, I rather enjoyed my stay on the island "no one escapes". Moose Flanagan...what is there to say about Moose Flanagan. He's not your typical hero, heck he's only ...

    This wonderful piece of historical fiction has all of the right elements--baseball, Alcatraz, brotherly and romantic love, and plenty of humor and life lessons. Just as she did in the previous three books n this series, Al Capone Does My Shirts, Al Capone Shines My Shoes, and Al Capone...

    With my interest in children's literature, I have read all of the books in this series that are a mix of fiction and fact taking place in the 30s on Alcatraz. The stories focus on how the prisoners' lives intersect with the children of those who work at the prison as they share an isla...

    A solid and fascinating middle grade read like the prior installments. I'm always a bit suspicious of a follow-up so long after a series has appeared to end, but AL CAPONE THROWS ME A CURVE puts a nice cap on the series. Moose and Nat both mature a lot over the course of the novel. ...

    I love this series and this book provided a satisfying end?although I would love to see Moose and Natalie and all their friends again a few years in the future! Lots of fun facts about the experience of living on Alcatraz (and I love that the author provides a breakdown of facts and ...

    Thank you to the MA YABR blog for the free book! ~*~*~*~*~* I couldn't put this down, especially the last third. Choldenko has written another winning book about how difficult it is to be the sibling of someone with a disability -- Moose has to grow up faster and take on more respons...

    It was a nice surprise to see a new book in the series, which I thought was done after 3 books. My daughter is now too old to read them ... but I'm not! I enjoyed being back on the island. I thought it had a pretty satisfying ending, but the events that led to the climax seemed quite a...

    I rarely get to the fourth book in a series but there is something about Moose, his obsession with baseball, his home on Alcatraz, and his relationship with his sister Natalie that really draws me in. Add to that the narration of the audiobook by Kirby Heybourne, and I would probably r...

    Usually I don't revisit a series for book #4, but this time, I'm glad I did! Part historical fiction and full-time suspense novel, it kept me on the edge of my seat as it compelled me to read it in one sitting. The authenticity of the characters moved me, too. "Moose" Flanagan, now 16 ...

  • Robert Kent
    May 07, 2018

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go. Al Capone Thro...

    In the fourth book in this engaging series, Moose will be entering high school soon and wants to be on the varsity baseball team, but dealing with his autistic older sister is very challenging. In the intense last quarter of the novel, Natalie is tricked into entering the prison and Mo...

    Before beginning high school, Moose struggles to join the baseball team and care for a sister with autism, all while living on Alcatraz Island. Moose is the son of the assistant warden on Alcatraz. He encounters many obstacles in his quest join a baseball team during the summer befo...

    4.5. Moose is still on Alcatraz Island, finishing up 8th grade and getting ready for high school and their baseball team. But the convicts are striking, his dad is up for Warden, he's been tasked with taking care of both Piper and Natalie, and there is someone on the island who is will...

    Another winner! I have really enjoyed this series and this 4th book was as good as the others. Moose is 13 (and a half) in this book and he is really growing up. His family is suffering growing pains as his mom is freaking out about Natalie becoming a young woman and getting a crush. H...

    This was by far the most tense and action packed book in the series. After reading, I feel doubtful that another book will come out, but with all my heart I hope for another one. This is a series that combines both funny and serious elements all in one to create a seemingly flawless mi...

    Public Library E Book There are a lot of things going on for Moose now that summer is approaching. He desperately wants to be on the high school baseball team, even though freshman rarely are. Also, Natalie has her 17th birthday, and her growing pains are evident. Her mother sti...

    4.5. Moose is wrapping up eighth grade, and desperately wants to join the high school baseball team as a freshman, which is unheard of. Back on Alcatraz, his dad is up for promotion to warden, the prisoners are striking, and in addition to taking care of his sister Natalie (now 17, des...

    I don?t know whether it is correct to compare this series to the Joey Pigza series. I?d never connected them before but it came strongly to mind as I read this one. I think the differing treatment of different characters? arcs across the books are comparable: some characters hard...

    I love good historical middle grade series and Choldenko's Al Capone series is excellent. This newest installment is no exception. It's interesting, it's entertaining, it's funny, and it's heartfelt. Moose is an understated but irresistible hero?it's impossible not to root for his su...

    This is the fourth in this series about Moose and his sister, Natalie. Moose is a teen now and having a sister on the autism spectrum, trying to get on the high school baseball team as a freshman, and playing bodyguard to the warden's duplicitous daughter are all making his life very c...

    Loved this sequel! Book 4 of the series. It?s been years since I?ve read one of these books. I felt like I just read a book recently and wasn?t that lost to remember the characters and previous stories. A great addition to any library. I liked reading about some facts regarding A...

    I've enjoyed every installment of this series. There is a lot going on but all the threads matter to the characters and the story but never feel overly inserted. I grew up as the older sister to a delightful and, at times, consuming developmentally disabled sister; Moose's frustrat...

    When I saw the Advance Reader's Copy of the fourth book in the Al Capone series I immediately got in line for the give-away. I enjoyed all the books, but I think this one tugged at my heartstrings the most. Moose desperately wants to get on the high school baseball team as a freshm...

    First Paragraph(s): Even when you live on a prison island with crafty criminals plotting ways to knock you off, summer is the best time of the year. No tests. No homework. No getting up early to catch the ferry. No teachers who think you flunked a few grades because you happen to be...

  • Theresa Milstein
    Jun 02, 2018

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go. Al Capone Thro...

    In the fourth book in this engaging series, Moose will be entering high school soon and wants to be on the varsity baseball team, but dealing with his autistic older sister is very challenging. In the intense last quarter of the novel, Natalie is tricked into entering the prison and Mo...

    Before beginning high school, Moose struggles to join the baseball team and care for a sister with autism, all while living on Alcatraz Island. Moose is the son of the assistant warden on Alcatraz. He encounters many obstacles in his quest join a baseball team during the summer befo...

    4.5. Moose is still on Alcatraz Island, finishing up 8th grade and getting ready for high school and their baseball team. But the convicts are striking, his dad is up for Warden, he's been tasked with taking care of both Piper and Natalie, and there is someone on the island who is will...

    Another winner! I have really enjoyed this series and this 4th book was as good as the others. Moose is 13 (and a half) in this book and he is really growing up. His family is suffering growing pains as his mom is freaking out about Natalie becoming a young woman and getting a crush. H...

    This was by far the most tense and action packed book in the series. After reading, I feel doubtful that another book will come out, but with all my heart I hope for another one. This is a series that combines both funny and serious elements all in one to create a seemingly flawless mi...

    Public Library E Book There are a lot of things going on for Moose now that summer is approaching. He desperately wants to be on the high school baseball team, even though freshman rarely are. Also, Natalie has her 17th birthday, and her growing pains are evident. Her mother sti...

    4.5. Moose is wrapping up eighth grade, and desperately wants to join the high school baseball team as a freshman, which is unheard of. Back on Alcatraz, his dad is up for promotion to warden, the prisoners are striking, and in addition to taking care of his sister Natalie (now 17, des...

    I don?t know whether it is correct to compare this series to the Joey Pigza series. I?d never connected them before but it came strongly to mind as I read this one. I think the differing treatment of different characters? arcs across the books are comparable: some characters hard...

    I love good historical middle grade series and Choldenko's Al Capone series is excellent. This newest installment is no exception. It's interesting, it's entertaining, it's funny, and it's heartfelt. Moose is an understated but irresistible hero?it's impossible not to root for his su...

    This is the fourth in this series about Moose and his sister, Natalie. Moose is a teen now and having a sister on the autism spectrum, trying to get on the high school baseball team as a freshman, and playing bodyguard to the warden's duplicitous daughter are all making his life very c...

    Loved this sequel! Book 4 of the series. It?s been years since I?ve read one of these books. I felt like I just read a book recently and wasn?t that lost to remember the characters and previous stories. A great addition to any library. I liked reading about some facts regarding A...

    I've enjoyed every installment of this series. There is a lot going on but all the threads matter to the characters and the story but never feel overly inserted. I grew up as the older sister to a delightful and, at times, consuming developmentally disabled sister; Moose's frustrat...

    When I saw the Advance Reader's Copy of the fourth book in the Al Capone series I immediately got in line for the give-away. I enjoyed all the books, but I think this one tugged at my heartstrings the most. Moose desperately wants to get on the high school baseball team as a freshm...

    First Paragraph(s): Even when you live on a prison island with crafty criminals plotting ways to knock you off, summer is the best time of the year. No tests. No homework. No getting up early to catch the ferry. No teachers who think you flunked a few grades because you happen to be...

    Book #24 Read in 2018 Al Capone Throws Me a Curve by Gennifer Choldenko I was excited when offered a review copy of this fourth book in a great middle grade series; I did not even realize a new one was coming out. The author said that this is the book she was meant to write for thi...

    Review coming soon ...

    The weakest of the four books. The adventures of the kids got more ridiculous this time but still fun to follow them. Sure wish the author would deal with those Trixles instead of leaving them as a loose end. ...

    Oh my how I adored this book! Moose Flanagan has resided in my heart since book one and each book has gotten better. It is perfect. More later on the blog. ...

    Review originally published 19 June 2018 at Falling Letters. I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Al Capone Does My Shirts was published in 2004, when I was in middle school. I remember seeing the book on my school library?s shelf. The title in...

    This was my first exposure to Moose and all his friends, including those more infamous than others, and despite that fact, I rather enjoyed my stay on the island "no one escapes". Moose Flanagan...what is there to say about Moose Flanagan. He's not your typical hero, heck he's only ...

    This wonderful piece of historical fiction has all of the right elements--baseball, Alcatraz, brotherly and romantic love, and plenty of humor and life lessons. Just as she did in the previous three books n this series, Al Capone Does My Shirts, Al Capone Shines My Shoes, and Al Capone...

    With my interest in children's literature, I have read all of the books in this series that are a mix of fiction and fact taking place in the 30s on Alcatraz. The stories focus on how the prisoners' lives intersect with the children of those who work at the prison as they share an isla...

    A solid and fascinating middle grade read like the prior installments. I'm always a bit suspicious of a follow-up so long after a series has appeared to end, but AL CAPONE THROWS ME A CURVE puts a nice cap on the series. Moose and Nat both mature a lot over the course of the novel. ...

    I love this series and this book provided a satisfying end?although I would love to see Moose and Natalie and all their friends again a few years in the future! Lots of fun facts about the experience of living on Alcatraz (and I love that the author provides a breakdown of facts and ...

    Thank you to the MA YABR blog for the free book! ~*~*~*~*~* I couldn't put this down, especially the last third. Choldenko has written another winning book about how difficult it is to be the sibling of someone with a disability -- Moose has to grow up faster and take on more respons...

    It was a nice surprise to see a new book in the series, which I thought was done after 3 books. My daughter is now too old to read them ... but I'm not! I enjoyed being back on the island. I thought it had a pretty satisfying ending, but the events that led to the climax seemed quite a...

  • Sophia
    May 25, 2018

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go. Al Capone Thro...

  • Penny Peck
    Aug 02, 2018

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go. Al Capone Thro...

    In the fourth book in this engaging series, Moose will be entering high school soon and wants to be on the varsity baseball team, but dealing with his autistic older sister is very challenging. In the intense last quarter of the novel, Natalie is tricked into entering the prison and Mo...

  • Jenna (Falling Letters)
    Jun 13, 2018

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go. Al Capone Thro...

    In the fourth book in this engaging series, Moose will be entering high school soon and wants to be on the varsity baseball team, but dealing with his autistic older sister is very challenging. In the intense last quarter of the novel, Natalie is tricked into entering the prison and Mo...

    Before beginning high school, Moose struggles to join the baseball team and care for a sister with autism, all while living on Alcatraz Island. Moose is the son of the assistant warden on Alcatraz. He encounters many obstacles in his quest join a baseball team during the summer befo...

    4.5. Moose is still on Alcatraz Island, finishing up 8th grade and getting ready for high school and their baseball team. But the convicts are striking, his dad is up for Warden, he's been tasked with taking care of both Piper and Natalie, and there is someone on the island who is will...

    Another winner! I have really enjoyed this series and this 4th book was as good as the others. Moose is 13 (and a half) in this book and he is really growing up. His family is suffering growing pains as his mom is freaking out about Natalie becoming a young woman and getting a crush. H...

    This was by far the most tense and action packed book in the series. After reading, I feel doubtful that another book will come out, but with all my heart I hope for another one. This is a series that combines both funny and serious elements all in one to create a seemingly flawless mi...

    Public Library E Book There are a lot of things going on for Moose now that summer is approaching. He desperately wants to be on the high school baseball team, even though freshman rarely are. Also, Natalie has her 17th birthday, and her growing pains are evident. Her mother sti...

    4.5. Moose is wrapping up eighth grade, and desperately wants to join the high school baseball team as a freshman, which is unheard of. Back on Alcatraz, his dad is up for promotion to warden, the prisoners are striking, and in addition to taking care of his sister Natalie (now 17, des...

    I don?t know whether it is correct to compare this series to the Joey Pigza series. I?d never connected them before but it came strongly to mind as I read this one. I think the differing treatment of different characters? arcs across the books are comparable: some characters hard...

    I love good historical middle grade series and Choldenko's Al Capone series is excellent. This newest installment is no exception. It's interesting, it's entertaining, it's funny, and it's heartfelt. Moose is an understated but irresistible hero?it's impossible not to root for his su...

    This is the fourth in this series about Moose and his sister, Natalie. Moose is a teen now and having a sister on the autism spectrum, trying to get on the high school baseball team as a freshman, and playing bodyguard to the warden's duplicitous daughter are all making his life very c...

    Loved this sequel! Book 4 of the series. It?s been years since I?ve read one of these books. I felt like I just read a book recently and wasn?t that lost to remember the characters and previous stories. A great addition to any library. I liked reading about some facts regarding A...

    I've enjoyed every installment of this series. There is a lot going on but all the threads matter to the characters and the story but never feel overly inserted. I grew up as the older sister to a delightful and, at times, consuming developmentally disabled sister; Moose's frustrat...

    When I saw the Advance Reader's Copy of the fourth book in the Al Capone series I immediately got in line for the give-away. I enjoyed all the books, but I think this one tugged at my heartstrings the most. Moose desperately wants to get on the high school baseball team as a freshm...

    First Paragraph(s): Even when you live on a prison island with crafty criminals plotting ways to knock you off, summer is the best time of the year. No tests. No homework. No getting up early to catch the ferry. No teachers who think you flunked a few grades because you happen to be...

    Book #24 Read in 2018 Al Capone Throws Me a Curve by Gennifer Choldenko I was excited when offered a review copy of this fourth book in a great middle grade series; I did not even realize a new one was coming out. The author said that this is the book she was meant to write for thi...

    Review coming soon ...

    The weakest of the four books. The adventures of the kids got more ridiculous this time but still fun to follow them. Sure wish the author would deal with those Trixles instead of leaving them as a loose end. ...

    Oh my how I adored this book! Moose Flanagan has resided in my heart since book one and each book has gotten better. It is perfect. More later on the blog. ...

    Review originally published 19 June 2018 at Falling Letters. I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Al Capone Does My Shirts was published in 2004, when I was in middle school. I remember seeing the book on my school library?s shelf. The title in...

  • Tirzah
    May 25, 2015

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

  • V
    Jan 26, 2018

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go. Al Capone Thro...

    In the fourth book in this engaging series, Moose will be entering high school soon and wants to be on the varsity baseball team, but dealing with his autistic older sister is very challenging. In the intense last quarter of the novel, Natalie is tricked into entering the prison and Mo...

    Before beginning high school, Moose struggles to join the baseball team and care for a sister with autism, all while living on Alcatraz Island. Moose is the son of the assistant warden on Alcatraz. He encounters many obstacles in his quest join a baseball team during the summer befo...

  • SaraKat
    Aug 12, 2018

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go. Al Capone Thro...

    In the fourth book in this engaging series, Moose will be entering high school soon and wants to be on the varsity baseball team, but dealing with his autistic older sister is very challenging. In the intense last quarter of the novel, Natalie is tricked into entering the prison and Mo...

    Before beginning high school, Moose struggles to join the baseball team and care for a sister with autism, all while living on Alcatraz Island. Moose is the son of the assistant warden on Alcatraz. He encounters many obstacles in his quest join a baseball team during the summer befo...

    4.5. Moose is still on Alcatraz Island, finishing up 8th grade and getting ready for high school and their baseball team. But the convicts are striking, his dad is up for Warden, he's been tasked with taking care of both Piper and Natalie, and there is someone on the island who is will...

    Another winner! I have really enjoyed this series and this 4th book was as good as the others. Moose is 13 (and a half) in this book and he is really growing up. His family is suffering growing pains as his mom is freaking out about Natalie becoming a young woman and getting a crush. H...

  • Tina
    Jun 04, 2018

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go. Al Capone Thro...

    In the fourth book in this engaging series, Moose will be entering high school soon and wants to be on the varsity baseball team, but dealing with his autistic older sister is very challenging. In the intense last quarter of the novel, Natalie is tricked into entering the prison and Mo...

    Before beginning high school, Moose struggles to join the baseball team and care for a sister with autism, all while living on Alcatraz Island. Moose is the son of the assistant warden on Alcatraz. He encounters many obstacles in his quest join a baseball team during the summer befo...

    4.5. Moose is still on Alcatraz Island, finishing up 8th grade and getting ready for high school and their baseball team. But the convicts are striking, his dad is up for Warden, he's been tasked with taking care of both Piper and Natalie, and there is someone on the island who is will...

    Another winner! I have really enjoyed this series and this 4th book was as good as the others. Moose is 13 (and a half) in this book and he is really growing up. His family is suffering growing pains as his mom is freaking out about Natalie becoming a young woman and getting a crush. H...

    This was by far the most tense and action packed book in the series. After reading, I feel doubtful that another book will come out, but with all my heart I hope for another one. This is a series that combines both funny and serious elements all in one to create a seemingly flawless mi...

    Public Library E Book There are a lot of things going on for Moose now that summer is approaching. He desperately wants to be on the high school baseball team, even though freshman rarely are. Also, Natalie has her 17th birthday, and her growing pains are evident. Her mother sti...

    4.5. Moose is wrapping up eighth grade, and desperately wants to join the high school baseball team as a freshman, which is unheard of. Back on Alcatraz, his dad is up for promotion to warden, the prisoners are striking, and in addition to taking care of his sister Natalie (now 17, des...

    I don?t know whether it is correct to compare this series to the Joey Pigza series. I?d never connected them before but it came strongly to mind as I read this one. I think the differing treatment of different characters? arcs across the books are comparable: some characters hard...

    I love good historical middle grade series and Choldenko's Al Capone series is excellent. This newest installment is no exception. It's interesting, it's entertaining, it's funny, and it's heartfelt. Moose is an understated but irresistible hero?it's impossible not to root for his su...

    This is the fourth in this series about Moose and his sister, Natalie. Moose is a teen now and having a sister on the autism spectrum, trying to get on the high school baseball team as a freshman, and playing bodyguard to the warden's duplicitous daughter are all making his life very c...

    Loved this sequel! Book 4 of the series. It?s been years since I?ve read one of these books. I felt like I just read a book recently and wasn?t that lost to remember the characters and previous stories. A great addition to any library. I liked reading about some facts regarding A...

    I've enjoyed every installment of this series. There is a lot going on but all the threads matter to the characters and the story but never feel overly inserted. I grew up as the older sister to a delightful and, at times, consuming developmentally disabled sister; Moose's frustrat...

    When I saw the Advance Reader's Copy of the fourth book in the Al Capone series I immediately got in line for the give-away. I enjoyed all the books, but I think this one tugged at my heartstrings the most. Moose desperately wants to get on the high school baseball team as a freshm...

    First Paragraph(s): Even when you live on a prison island with crafty criminals plotting ways to knock you off, summer is the best time of the year. No tests. No homework. No getting up early to catch the ferry. No teachers who think you flunked a few grades because you happen to be...

    Book #24 Read in 2018 Al Capone Throws Me a Curve by Gennifer Choldenko I was excited when offered a review copy of this fourth book in a great middle grade series; I did not even realize a new one was coming out. The author said that this is the book she was meant to write for thi...

    Review coming soon ...

  • Leonard Kim
    Jun 05, 2018

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go. Al Capone Thro...

    In the fourth book in this engaging series, Moose will be entering high school soon and wants to be on the varsity baseball team, but dealing with his autistic older sister is very challenging. In the intense last quarter of the novel, Natalie is tricked into entering the prison and Mo...

    Before beginning high school, Moose struggles to join the baseball team and care for a sister with autism, all while living on Alcatraz Island. Moose is the son of the assistant warden on Alcatraz. He encounters many obstacles in his quest join a baseball team during the summer befo...

    4.5. Moose is still on Alcatraz Island, finishing up 8th grade and getting ready for high school and their baseball team. But the convicts are striking, his dad is up for Warden, he's been tasked with taking care of both Piper and Natalie, and there is someone on the island who is will...

    Another winner! I have really enjoyed this series and this 4th book was as good as the others. Moose is 13 (and a half) in this book and he is really growing up. His family is suffering growing pains as his mom is freaking out about Natalie becoming a young woman and getting a crush. H...

    This was by far the most tense and action packed book in the series. After reading, I feel doubtful that another book will come out, but with all my heart I hope for another one. This is a series that combines both funny and serious elements all in one to create a seemingly flawless mi...

    Public Library E Book There are a lot of things going on for Moose now that summer is approaching. He desperately wants to be on the high school baseball team, even though freshman rarely are. Also, Natalie has her 17th birthday, and her growing pains are evident. Her mother sti...

    4.5. Moose is wrapping up eighth grade, and desperately wants to join the high school baseball team as a freshman, which is unheard of. Back on Alcatraz, his dad is up for promotion to warden, the prisoners are striking, and in addition to taking care of his sister Natalie (now 17, des...

    I don?t know whether it is correct to compare this series to the Joey Pigza series. I?d never connected them before but it came strongly to mind as I read this one. I think the differing treatment of different characters? arcs across the books are comparable: some characters hard...

  • Ellyn Lem
    Aug 25, 2018

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go. Al Capone Thro...

    In the fourth book in this engaging series, Moose will be entering high school soon and wants to be on the varsity baseball team, but dealing with his autistic older sister is very challenging. In the intense last quarter of the novel, Natalie is tricked into entering the prison and Mo...

    Before beginning high school, Moose struggles to join the baseball team and care for a sister with autism, all while living on Alcatraz Island. Moose is the son of the assistant warden on Alcatraz. He encounters many obstacles in his quest join a baseball team during the summer befo...

    4.5. Moose is still on Alcatraz Island, finishing up 8th grade and getting ready for high school and their baseball team. But the convicts are striking, his dad is up for Warden, he's been tasked with taking care of both Piper and Natalie, and there is someone on the island who is will...

    Another winner! I have really enjoyed this series and this 4th book was as good as the others. Moose is 13 (and a half) in this book and he is really growing up. His family is suffering growing pains as his mom is freaking out about Natalie becoming a young woman and getting a crush. H...

    This was by far the most tense and action packed book in the series. After reading, I feel doubtful that another book will come out, but with all my heart I hope for another one. This is a series that combines both funny and serious elements all in one to create a seemingly flawless mi...

    Public Library E Book There are a lot of things going on for Moose now that summer is approaching. He desperately wants to be on the high school baseball team, even though freshman rarely are. Also, Natalie has her 17th birthday, and her growing pains are evident. Her mother sti...

    4.5. Moose is wrapping up eighth grade, and desperately wants to join the high school baseball team as a freshman, which is unheard of. Back on Alcatraz, his dad is up for promotion to warden, the prisoners are striking, and in addition to taking care of his sister Natalie (now 17, des...

    I don?t know whether it is correct to compare this series to the Joey Pigza series. I?d never connected them before but it came strongly to mind as I read this one. I think the differing treatment of different characters? arcs across the books are comparable: some characters hard...

    I love good historical middle grade series and Choldenko's Al Capone series is excellent. This newest installment is no exception. It's interesting, it's entertaining, it's funny, and it's heartfelt. Moose is an understated but irresistible hero?it's impossible not to root for his su...

    This is the fourth in this series about Moose and his sister, Natalie. Moose is a teen now and having a sister on the autism spectrum, trying to get on the high school baseball team as a freshman, and playing bodyguard to the warden's duplicitous daughter are all making his life very c...

    Loved this sequel! Book 4 of the series. It?s been years since I?ve read one of these books. I felt like I just read a book recently and wasn?t that lost to remember the characters and previous stories. A great addition to any library. I liked reading about some facts regarding A...

    I've enjoyed every installment of this series. There is a lot going on but all the threads matter to the characters and the story but never feel overly inserted. I grew up as the older sister to a delightful and, at times, consuming developmentally disabled sister; Moose's frustrat...

    When I saw the Advance Reader's Copy of the fourth book in the Al Capone series I immediately got in line for the give-away. I enjoyed all the books, but I think this one tugged at my heartstrings the most. Moose desperately wants to get on the high school baseball team as a freshm...

    First Paragraph(s): Even when you live on a prison island with crafty criminals plotting ways to knock you off, summer is the best time of the year. No tests. No homework. No getting up early to catch the ferry. No teachers who think you flunked a few grades because you happen to be...

    Book #24 Read in 2018 Al Capone Throws Me a Curve by Gennifer Choldenko I was excited when offered a review copy of this fourth book in a great middle grade series; I did not even realize a new one was coming out. The author said that this is the book she was meant to write for thi...

    Review coming soon ...

    The weakest of the four books. The adventures of the kids got more ridiculous this time but still fun to follow them. Sure wish the author would deal with those Trixles instead of leaving them as a loose end. ...

    Oh my how I adored this book! Moose Flanagan has resided in my heart since book one and each book has gotten better. It is perfect. More later on the blog. ...

    Review originally published 19 June 2018 at Falling Letters. I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Al Capone Does My Shirts was published in 2004, when I was in middle school. I remember seeing the book on my school library?s shelf. The title in...

    This was my first exposure to Moose and all his friends, including those more infamous than others, and despite that fact, I rather enjoyed my stay on the island "no one escapes". Moose Flanagan...what is there to say about Moose Flanagan. He's not your typical hero, heck he's only ...

    This wonderful piece of historical fiction has all of the right elements--baseball, Alcatraz, brotherly and romantic love, and plenty of humor and life lessons. Just as she did in the previous three books n this series, Al Capone Does My Shirts, Al Capone Shines My Shoes, and Al Capone...

    With my interest in children's literature, I have read all of the books in this series that are a mix of fiction and fact taking place in the 30s on Alcatraz. The stories focus on how the prisoners' lives intersect with the children of those who work at the prison as they share an isla...

  • Seth
    Mar 26, 2018

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go. Al Capone Thro...

    In the fourth book in this engaging series, Moose will be entering high school soon and wants to be on the varsity baseball team, but dealing with his autistic older sister is very challenging. In the intense last quarter of the novel, Natalie is tricked into entering the prison and Mo...

    Before beginning high school, Moose struggles to join the baseball team and care for a sister with autism, all while living on Alcatraz Island. Moose is the son of the assistant warden on Alcatraz. He encounters many obstacles in his quest join a baseball team during the summer befo...

    4.5. Moose is still on Alcatraz Island, finishing up 8th grade and getting ready for high school and their baseball team. But the convicts are striking, his dad is up for Warden, he's been tasked with taking care of both Piper and Natalie, and there is someone on the island who is will...

    Another winner! I have really enjoyed this series and this 4th book was as good as the others. Moose is 13 (and a half) in this book and he is really growing up. His family is suffering growing pains as his mom is freaking out about Natalie becoming a young woman and getting a crush. H...

    This was by far the most tense and action packed book in the series. After reading, I feel doubtful that another book will come out, but with all my heart I hope for another one. This is a series that combines both funny and serious elements all in one to create a seemingly flawless mi...

  • Melissapalmer404
    Apr 04, 2018

    What?! I thought the 3rd one was the last! It's exciting to be wrong sometimes...:) 5/17/2018: Once again we have another great story about Moose Flanagan and his life on Alcatraz. It has been some time since I read the last one, Al Capone Does My Homework, so some details were hazy...

    It was the title. I saw that title and just had to check this one out. The rest of the blurb had me even more eager to snatch up this middle grade historical fiction. A teen growing up in the mid-thirties... wait for it... on Alcatraz. Yeah, had to give this one a go. Al Capone Thro...

    In the fourth book in this engaging series, Moose will be entering high school soon and wants to be on the varsity baseball team, but dealing with his autistic older sister is very challenging. In the intense last quarter of the novel, Natalie is tricked into entering the prison and Mo...

    Before beginning high school, Moose struggles to join the baseball team and care for a sister with autism, all while living on Alcatraz Island. Moose is the son of the assistant warden on Alcatraz. He encounters many obstacles in his quest join a baseball team during the summer befo...

    4.5. Moose is still on Alcatraz Island, finishing up 8th grade and getting ready for high school and their baseball team. But the convicts are striking, his dad is up for Warden, he's been tasked with taking care of both Piper and Natalie, and there is someone on the island who is will...

    Another winner! I have really enjoyed this series and this 4th book was as good as the others. Moose is 13 (and a half) in this book and he is really growing up. His family is suffering growing pains as his mom is freaking out about Natalie becoming a young woman and getting a crush. H...

    This was by far the most tense and action packed book in the series. After reading, I feel doubtful that another book will come out, but with all my heart I hope for another one. This is a series that combines both funny and serious elements all in one to create a seemingly flawless mi...

    Public Library E Book There are a lot of things going on for Moose now that summer is approaching. He desperately wants to be on the high school baseball team, even though freshman rarely are. Also, Natalie has her 17th birthday, and her growing pains are evident. Her mother sti...

    4.5. Moose is wrapping up eighth grade, and desperately wants to join the high school baseball team as a freshman, which is unheard of. Back on Alcatraz, his dad is up for promotion to warden, the prisoners are striking, and in addition to taking care of his sister Natalie (now 17, des...

    I don?t know whether it is correct to compare this series to the Joey Pigza series. I?d never connected them before but it came strongly to mind as I read this one. I think the differing treatment of different characters? arcs across the books are comparable: some characters hard...

    I love good historical middle grade series and Choldenko's Al Capone series is excellent. This newest installment is no exception. It's interesting, it's entertaining, it's funny, and it's heartfelt. Moose is an understated but irresistible hero?it's impossible not to root for his su...

    This is the fourth in this series about Moose and his sister, Natalie. Moose is a teen now and having a sister on the autism spectrum, trying to get on the high school baseball team as a freshman, and playing bodyguard to the warden's duplicitous daughter are all making his life very c...

    Loved this sequel! Book 4 of the series. It?s been years since I?ve read one of these books. I felt like I just read a book recently and wasn?t that lost to remember the characters and previous stories. A great addition to any library. I liked reading about some facts regarding A...

    I've enjoyed every installment of this series. There is a lot going on but all the threads matter to the characters and the story but never feel overly inserted. I grew up as the older sister to a delightful and, at times, consuming developmentally disabled sister; Moose's frustrat...

    When I saw the Advance Reader's Copy of the fourth book in the Al Capone series I immediately got in line for the give-away. I enjoyed all the books, but I think this one tugged at my heartstrings the most. Moose desperately wants to get on the high school baseball team as a freshm...

    First Paragraph(s): Even when you live on a prison island with crafty criminals plotting ways to knock you off, summer is the best time of the year. No tests. No homework. No getting up early to catch the ferry. No teachers who think you flunked a few grades because you happen to be...

    Book #24 Read in 2018 Al Capone Throws Me a Curve by Gennifer Choldenko I was excited when offered a review copy of this fourth book in a great middle grade series; I did not even realize a new one was coming out. The author said that this is the book she was meant to write for thi...