Al Capone Does My Shirts (Hardcover Educational Edition)

An unforgettable story from a multi-award winning children's author


Moose lives on Alcatraz Island, home to the notorious prison and the infamous gangster, Al Capone. But living right down the street from theives and murderers is not Moose's only problem. His Dad's always working and his mum expects him to look after his autistic sister, Natalie. And when Moose gets mixed up with Piper, the warden's daughter, he soon finds out that life on Alcatraz in far from straightforward. Winner of the NASEN/TES Children's Book Award.

What are the themes?

Family, growing-up, relationships, responsibility as well as links to issues such as autism.

Teaching points

This award-winning novel skillfully combines empathetic characters, real moments of tension and suspense, brilliant setting and convincing dialogue. Historical footnotes, diagrams and an author's note all add to the authenticity of the text.


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Product details

Production date:January 2006