Monday, December 31, 2012

Guest Post / Interview with ‘B’: Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko (Al Capone at Alcatraz #1)

In case you don’t know “B” is my middle son (I have three boys whose names start with A, B, and C); “B” is currently 12 and loves to read, the apple didn't fall that far from the tree in this case : ) However, he doesn't like to write, so I decided to interview him instead.  Enjoy!  

Title: Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Published: April 20th, 2006 by Puffin
Source: From School
Format: Hardcover

Today I moved to a twelve-acre rock covered with cement, topped with bird turd and surrounded by water. I'm not the only kid who lives here. There's my sister, Natalie, except she doesn't count. And there are twenty-three other kids who live on the island because their dads work as guards or cook's or doctors or electricians for the prison, like my dad does. Plus, there are a ton of murderers, rapists, hit men, con men, stickup men, embezzlers, connivers, burglars, kidnappers and maybe even an innocent man or two, though I doubt it. The convicts we have are the kind other prisons don't want. I never knew prisons could be picky, but I guess they can. You get to Alcatraz by being the worst of the worst. Unless you're me. I came here because my mother said I had to.


1. Can you give me a short description of what this book is about?  Try to not include spoilers!

The book is about a kid that moves to Alcatraz because his father got a job there.  He has a sister with autism and the family is trying to put her into a special school that is very close to Alcatraz. The book is about his move and his new friends and his new life.

2. Did you like the book? Why or why not?

Yes, because it was so good that it was hard to put down.

3. How long did it take you to read it?

I guess five or six hours. 

4. Would you recommend this book to others?

Yes!  It’s a very good book and I want to read the sequel.

5. What was your favorite thing about the book?


6. What was your least favorite thing about the book?


7. Anything else that you would like to add?

Peace out. 

There you have it guys!

'B' is 12 years old.  He is in 7th grade and loves to read, play X-Box and play with his little brother. His favorite books are manga, the Wimpy Kids series and the Origami Joda series. 


  1. Interesting review style! I haven't heard of this one yet though.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  2. Thanks Brandi! Just trying to make it easier for my son :)


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