Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko

Al Capone Shines My Shoes

Tales from Alcatraz #2

Gennifer Choldenko

274 pages first pub 2009 (editions)

fiction historical middle grade young adult mysterious tense fast-paced


Moose's sister is autistic and needs to go to a special school in San Francisco. While Moose has never met Al Capone, he did write him a letter a couple of weeks ago asking him to use his influence to get Natalie a place. And now Natalie's been ac...

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adventurous 60%
lighthearted 60%
mysterious 60%
emotional 40%
hopeful 40%
tense 40%
challenging 20%
funny 20%
informative 20%
reflective 20%
sad 20%


fast 100%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 75% | A mix: 25%

Strong character development?

Yes: 50% | N/A: 25% | No: 25%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 25%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 25% | No: 25%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 75% | No: 25%

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