Al Capone Does My Shirts

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko (0-399-23861-1)
This is a gem of a novel for preteens and teens. Moose’s family moves to Alcatraz so that his sister can attend a special school. Unfortunately, his sister doesn’t get into the school, his father is working long hours, and his mother is gone more and more, leaving Moose to take care of his sister.
The unique setting of Alcatraz is more than just a backdrop, it is an integral part of the story that is brought vividly to life. Readers immediately enjoy Moose as a character, willing to follow along as he makes mistakes and finds solutions. The other children on the island are complete characters too.
Recommend this one to both boys and girls. It is charming and a fun read.