1935I want to be on Alcatraz like I want poison oak on my private parts. But apparently body cares, because w I m Moose Flanagan, Alcatraz Island Boy all so my sister can go to the Esther P. Mariff School, where kids wear their clothes inside out and there isn t a book in sight. Obedient Moose. I always do what I m supposed to do. When Moose s family moves to Alcatraz Island so his father can work as a guard and his sister can attend a special school in San Francisco, he has to leave his friends behind. But it s worth it, right? If his sister, Natalie, can get help, maybe his family will finally be rmal. But on Alcatraz his dad is so busy, he s never around. His mom s preoccupation with Natalie s condition (today, it would be called autism) is even worse w that there s extended family to help. And of course, there s never eugh money. When Moose meets Piper, the cute daughter of the warden, he kws right off she s trouble. But she s also strangely irresistible. All Moose wants to do is protect Natalie, live up to his parents expectations and stay out of trouble. But on Alcatraz, trouble is never very far away.
Gennifer Choldenko was the youngest in a family of four kids, where her nickname was Snot-Nose. Her quirky sense of humor made its debut at the dinner table when Gennifer was a very little kid. She is the author of seven children s books, including Notes from a Liar and Her Dog, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period; and Al Capone Shines My Shoes.