Imagine being a kid forced to live on the Alcatraz, where Al Capone and other conniving murderers, hitmen, and conmen were imprisoned. Imagine being a prison guard's son and living so close to these mad men.
And imagine letting Al Capone do your laundry.
The 'Al Capone' series revolves around Moose Flanagan and his family, including a sister with special needs. Moose makes friends with a few other children his age on that island and juggles his duty as his sister's caregiver and surviving being the neighbour of one of America's top criminals.
In 'Al Capone Does My Shirts,' Moose realizes, with heavy dread, that he needs a huge favour from Al Capone.
In 'Al Capone Shines My Shoes,' after the favour is asked and done in the first book, Moose receives a note from the master criminal: Your turn.
In the last of this trilogy, Moose's father is promoted to Associate Warden and this only increases the danger the Flanagans are in. The inmates have a point system for targeting prison guards and the wardens, which means Moose has to watch his father's back. Worse still, a fire breaks out in Moose's apartment, and his autistic sister, Natalie, suffers the blame for it.
I'm in the middle of 'Al Capone Does My Homework.' The titles of this series are arresting and I can't wait to find out what Al Capone has to do with Moose in the last book. Have you read this series? I am a big-time crime drama fan but I think I'll freak out or become extremely paranoid if I were to live on an island with a big bunch of criminals (despite the iron bars)!
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Really enjoyed the honest voice of this narrator ~ a teenager let down by his mother and the foster care system, and almost-picked up through his involvement with a gang.