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1935, Alcatraz, hundreds of convicts including a very famous gangster, and a 12 year old kid named Moose. Yes, the possibilities for this story are too many to count. Get ready for a great read aloud for middle grade fans of historical fiction. So Moose is not the only kid on Alcatraz Island, in fact there are several children who live on the island whose parents work at the prison (which houses a lot of convicts unwanted at any of the other state prisons). Because Alcatraz is a place for “the worst of the worst.” Moose and his sister Natalie, who has special needs, move to Alcatraz and discover a place unlike any other. Moose has to take the ferry with the other kids to go to school, and then return in the afternoon to the island. Moose has a lot to deal with, including the prison, new school and classmates, and his sister Natalie, whom he loves very much and often shepherds around the island, watching out for her. One of the things I particularly liked about this novel is Choldenko’s handling of complex issues, including disability, peer relationships, growing up, autism, and family dynamics. The characters a complex and multi-dimensional. The story is original and unique, leading the readers on an interesting and often suspenseful journey. You will find moment of “I can’t put this book down” as you read Moose’s story. Have fun reading!