Al Capone Shines My Shoes
A top selected or recommended title by the Kansas State Reading Circle Commission.
Author: Gennifer Choldenko
Year Reviewed:: 2010
Review: In the Newbery Honor-winning Al Capone Does My Shirts (2004), 12-year-old Moose Flanagan, who lives on Alcatraz in 1935, appeals to inmate 85 to get his autistic sister, Natalie, into a special school. In this follow-up, it's payback time. "Scarface," whom Moose finally meets, is much more present here, and it turns out that Natalie's benefactor (the famous gangster) wasn't just being a nice guy when he offered his help. He expected favors in return, and now, Natalie is an unsuspecting, potential accomplice in a dramatic prisoner escape attempt.