Sunday, September 09, 2007

A Book in Review - Al Capone Does My Shirts

Al Capone Does My Shirts, By: Gennifer Choldenko
Fiction: children’s, historical 225 pages, 5th grade reading level, copyright 2004

From the title of this book I thought it was just a fun book on living at Alcatraz in the 30’s. But this is more a story about a 12 year old boy and his older sister who has autism in an era before it was understood at all. This book wove the stories of living on Alcatraz with the effects of living with someone with autism well. It was well resourced and would be good for a child interested in Alcatraz or who wanted to understand more about autism not in great detail but as a starting place. It included information on both at the end of the story too.

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