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Al Capone Throws Me a Curve


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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.

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Gennifer Choldenko is the New York Times bestselling and Newbery Honor-winning author of many popular children's books, including Notes from a Liar and Her Dog, If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period, Al Capone Does My Shirts, Al Capone Shines My Shoes, Al Capone Does My Homework, and No Passengers Beyond This Point, and from Wendy Lamb Books, Chasing Secrets. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit her online at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter at @choldenko.


This worthy 'second ending' finishes on a hopeful note that series fans will embrace.--Booklist, Starred review

It's earnest Moose, always striving to do the right thing, who elevates this tale, like a hard-hit baseball, into the stratosphere.--Kirkus Reviews, Starred review A powerful story of love and family that will please fans and newcomers.--School Library Journal Choldenko continues to effectively develop the vivid historical setting (explained in greater depth in the back matter) as well as the tightly woven community.--The Horn Book Magazine Praise for the previous three Al Capone books: A Newbery Honor Book Choldenko hits a grand slam. --Kirkus Reviews, Starred review "Funny situations and plot twists abound!" --People Heart-stopping . . . heartrending . . . heartwarming. --San Francisco Chronicle Rich characterization, tender drama, and sleuthworthy clues, this poignant mystery makes for a thoroughly satisfying conclusion to the landmark historical trilogy. --Booklist, Starred review Choldenko continues to infuse the Alcatraz community with warmth and originality. --Publishers Weekly, Starred review Choldenko's storytelling is compelling, portraying human decency as a force more powerful than heroism. --Newsday

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