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GENNIFER CHOLDENKO
ages 10 and up
Wendy Lamb Books, May 8, 2018
978-1101938133 (hc)
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SYNOPSIS

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 to play a lot of baseball and win a spot on the high school team. But he still needs to watch his older sister, Natalie—and then the warden asks Moose to look after his two-faced, danger-loving daughter, Piper. 

In the cell house there are rumors that the cons will strike, and that Moose's father might step up to a new job. Moose is worried: What will this mean for their family, especially for Natalie, who's had some scary run-ins with prisoners? Then the unthinkable happens: Natalie winds up someplace she should never, ever go. And Moose has to rescue her.

AWARDS AND HONORS

Booklist, starred review
Junior Library Guild
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

REVIEWS

“This worthy 'second ending' finishes on a hopeful note that series fans will embrace.”

“It's earnest Moose, always striving to do the right thing, who elevates this tale, like a hard-hit baseball, into the stratosphere.”

“A powerful story of love and family that will please fans and newcomers.”

     
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