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Contributor(s): Choldenko, Gennifer (Author)

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ISBN: 0142403709     ISBN-13: 9780142403709
Publisher: Puffin Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: April 2006
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Annotation: Set in 1935, when guards actually lived on Alcatraz Island with their families, Choldenko's second novel brings humor to the complexities of family dynamics.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - General (see Also Headings Under Family)
- Juvenile Fiction | Family - General (see Also Headings Under Social Themes)
Dewey: FIC
Age Level: 10-UP
Grade Level: 5-UP
Lexile Measure: 600(Not Available)
Guided Reading: X (Grade 6)
Series: Tales from Alcatraz
Physical Information: 0.8" H x 5" W x 7.6" (0.50 lbs) 225 pages
Themes:
- Chronological Period - 1930's
- Geographic Orientation - California
- Topical - Mentally Challenged
Features: Bibliography, Ikids, Illustrated, Price on Product, Table of Contents
Awards: Land of Enchantment Book Award, Nominee, Young Adult, 2007
Review Citations: Publishers Weekly 04/17/2006 pg. 192
School Library Journal 09/01/2007 pg. 57
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 74909
Reading Level: 3.5   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 7.0
 
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Publisher Description:
Moose Flannagan moves with his family to Alcatraz so his dad can work as a prison guard and his sister, Natalie, can attend a special school. But Natalie has autism, and when she's denied admittance to the school, the stark setting of Alcatraz begins to unravel the tenuous coping mechanisms Moose's family has used for dealing with her disorder. When Moose meets Piper, the cute daughter of the Warden, he knows right off she's trouble. But she's also strangely irresistible. All Moose wants to do is protect Natalie, live up to his parents' expectations, and stay out of trouble. But on Alcatraz, trouble is never very far away. Set in 1935, when guards actually lived on Alcatraz Island with their families, Choldenko's second novel brings humor to the complexities of family dynamics and illuminates the real struggle of a kid trying to free himself from the "good boy" stance he's taken his whole life.
 
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