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Alcatraz Island in the 1930s isn't the most normal place to grow up, but it's home for Moose Flanagan, his autistic sister, Natalie, and all the families of the guards. When Moose's dad gets promoted to Associate Warden, despite being an unlikely candidate, it's a big deal. But the cons have a point system for targeting prison employees, and his dad is now in serious danger. After a fire starts in the Flanagan's apartment, Natalie is blamed, and Moose bands with the other kids to track down the possible arsonist. Then Moose gets a cryptic note from the notorious Al Capone himself. Is Capone trying to protect Moose's dad too? If Moose can't figure out what Capone's note means, it may be too late. The last heart-pounding installment in the New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor-winning Alcatraz trilogy is not to be missed! "Superlative historical fiction. " -- School Library Journal (starred review for Al Capone Shines My Shoes)
A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 and has to live in his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.
Moose Flanagan, who lives on Alcatraz along with his family and the families of the other prison guards, is frightened when he discovers that noted gangster Al Capone, a prisoner there, wants a favor in return for the help that he secretly gave Moose.
Kirsten's parents are barely speaking to each other, and her best friend has fallen under the spell of the school's queen bee, Brianna. It seems like only Kirsten's younger science-geek sister is on her side. Walker's goal is to survive at the new white private school his mom has sent him to because she thinks he's going to screw up like his cousin. But he's a good kid. So is his friend Matteo, though no one knows why he'll do absolutely anything that hot blond Brianna asks of him. But all of this feels almost trivial when Kirsten and Walker discover a secret that shakes them both to the core.
The horse seriously doubts that the cow will ever be able to jump over the moon but offers respect and admiration when the determined bovine accomplishes that feat.
With their house in foreclosure, sisters India and Mouse and brother Finn are sent to stay with an uncle in Colorado until their mother can join them, but when the plane lands, the children are welcomed by cheering crowds to a strange place where each of them has a perfect house and a clock that is ticking down the time.
ANT MACPHERSON'S BASIC RULES OF LIFE 1. DOGS ARE BETTER THAN PEOPLE. 2. THE MORE YOU SAY, THE LONGER THEY GROUND YOU FOR. 3. LYING ONLY WORKS IF YOU KEEP IT SHORT. 4. NEVER BE NICE TO PEOPLE WHO MAKE FUN OF YOU. 5. IT'S OKAY TO KEEP A CHICKEN IN YOUR HOUSE, SO LONG AS HE'S HOUSEBROKEN. 6. MAKE SURE SCHOOL DOESN'T GET IN THE WAY OF IMPORTANT THINGS LIKE YOUR FRIENDS. 7. DON'T WASTE THE TRUTH ON PEOPLE WHO WON'T UNDERSTAND. "Antonia," my mother's voice shoots out, "don't play your games with me. You're not adopted and you know it." "Mrs. MacPherson," says the assistant principal, "I'm sure we can straighten this all out." "What about your dad?" asks Just Carol. "Is he your real father?" "No," I say, "I have a whole other family. Only Pistachio is real. He's my real dog. When my real parents come, he's going with me." For Antonia MacPherson, lying is a way of life. If it weren't for her best friend, Harrison, and a tiny ball of fluff named Pistachio, she would be miserable. No matter what she does, her mother thinks she's wrong. Her younger sister, Katherine the Great, takes notes on Ant's misbehaviors, which she keeps in a spiral notebook for their parents. Her older sister, Your Highness Elizabeth, says Ant is in training to be a juvenile delinquent, Harrison smells like a salami sandwich, and Pistachio should be put out of his misery. With all those royal opinions, who's going to listen to an Ant? But when a teacher takes Ant under her wing, Ant's way of life may have to change. Just Carol likes the truth. And she won't take anything less.
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