Al Capone Does My Shirts

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Al Capone Does My Shirts
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Author Gennifer Choldenko
Country America
Language English
Series All Capone series
Genre children's literature
Set in Alcatraz Island, near San Francisco in 1935
Published Puffin; Reprint edition (April 20, 2006)
Pages 240
Awards Newbery Honor selection, California Young Reader Medal in 2007
Followed by Al Capone Shines My Shoes

Al Capone Does My Shirts is a 2004 young adult novel written by Southern California-based author Gennifer Choldenko. The book was named as a Newbery Honor selection and in 2007 it received the California Young Reader Medal. It has two sequels, Al Capone Shines My Shoes and Al Capone Does My Homework.

Plot summary[edit]


  • Matthew "Moose" Flanagan - 12 year old boy who plays baseball and cares for his sister and would do anything to help her.
  • Natalie Flanagan - Moose's 16 year old autistic sister; who causes controversy throughout the book. Because the book takes place before autism was being diagnosed, the family does not understand why Natalie behaves the way she does.
  • Piper Williams - 12 year old daughter of the warden, has a collection of prisoner baseballs, and goes against her father's rules.
  • Scout - Moose's best friend and plays baseball with Moose.
  • Cameron "Cam" Flanagan - Moose's father, works two jobs on Alcatraz (electrician and a guard), looked up to by Moose.
  • Warden Williams - Father of Piper Williams; is the warden of Alcatraz, very strict about rules.
  • "Onion" - Prisoner #105 of Alcatraz, loves Natalie Flanagan. He has that nickname by having very greasy, white-like hair.
  • Annie - Only person on the island who can play ball well.
  • Jimmy Mattaman - Theresa's older brother, a fly trainer, and a builder of mechanical deices
  • Theresa Mattaman - Jimmy's younger sister and a tour guide like personality.
  • Al Capone - Notorious criminal (mob boss and gangster) on Alcatraz, successively accomplishes.
  • Helen Flanagan- Moose's mother that does everything she can to get Natalie into a school that can help her be 'normal'. However,in doing this, she often overlooks Moose.
  • Mr. Purdy - The headmaster of the boarding school Natalie went to.
  • Carrie Kelly - Natalie's teacher to prepare her for Esther P. Marinoff, a boarding school for special needs.

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