Al Capone Throws Me a Curve by Gennifer Choldenko

Al Capone Throws Me a Curve

Tales from Alcatraz #4

Gennifer Choldenko

240 pages first pub 2018 (editions)

fiction historical middle grade adventurous lighthearted fast-paced


Return to Al Capone's Alcatraz with Newbery Honor-winning author Gennifer Choldenko in this charming addition to the beloved series about the son of a prison guard. Moose Flanagan lives on a famous island in California: Alcatraz, home to some of t...

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Community Reviews Summary of 67 reviews


lighthearted 85%
emotional 57%
adventurous 42%
funny 42%
hopeful 42%
mysterious 42%
challenging 28%
informative 28%
tense 28%
reflective 14%
sad 14%


medium 71%
fast 28%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 60% | A mix: 40%

Strong character development?

Yes: 80% | No: 20%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 100%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 60% | It's complicated: 20% | No: 20%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 60% | It's complicated: 20% | Yes: 20%

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