Books Author Alcatraz Al Capone Autism Teachers Home
ages 10 and up
Putnam, 2004
978-0-399-23861-1 (hc)
Puffin, 2006
978-0-14-240370-9 (pb)
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"1935. I want to be on Alcatraz like I want poison oak on my private parts. But apparently nobody cares, because now I'm Moose Flanagan, Alcatraz Island Boy all so my sister can go to the Esther P. Marinoff School, where kids have macaroni salad in their hair and wear their clothes inside out and there isn't a chalkboard or a book in sight.

Good Moose. Obedient Moose. I always do what I'm supposed to do."


When Moose's family moves to Alcatraz so his father can work as a guard and his sister can attend a special school in San Francisco, Moose has to leave his friends and his winning baseball team behind. But it's worth it, right? If his sister, Natalie, can finally get help, maybe his family will finally be normal.

But as it turns out, life on Alcatraz is much more complicated than even Moose would have predicted. more >

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