Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

From The Vault


Moose Flanagan has just moved to one of the most secure places in the world. Alcatraz. His dad had just got a job there as an electrician. His mother is hoping to send her autistic daughter Natalie to a special school there. But when Natalie is rejected from the school, Moose has to look after her so his mom can work and this means he cannot play baseball with his new friends. Family troubles are the main topic in this book. But friend issues and trying to see or hear something from the most famous prisoner there, Al Capone. This story is told with humor and shows what life is like on an island with some of the most dangerous men in the world.


When my mom recommend this book for me to read I immediately thought “NO.” Why, you ask? Well, it was because I thought the book was too child-ish. (you know – not cool) I though the topic would be too baby-ish,  the book was small and I like reading big books (Harry Potter, War and Peace, Encyclopedia Britannica….you get the idea.) But my mom said that since it was for grades 5-8, it was a good read for me. So I reluctantly read it. But I was surprised to find out that I actually liked it. This book was funny, cute and had emotion. Gennifer Choldenko described the feelings that each character had and portrayed Natalie very well. She got the emotions perfectly and made the book real. Natalie was written very well. She is autistic and would throw fits and not move for hours on end. She could not live without her buttons. If you took them from her she would throw a fit and not stop screaming. She had emotions and she was also really smart. Moose was very unhappy to have to look after Natalie but managed with it very well.

Despite my first impression I though that this was a really good book, a good read and I would recommend others to read it.


Count of This Years Books

Now that the year is now over and we are in 2011 – the year of the rabbit – it is time to count just how many books I have read and tally up the pages. It was a lot more than I though I was going to read and now see what I have read and try and work your way through my list. I enjoyed almost all of the books and I have reviewed almost all of the books too. If there is a book on here that is not reviewed yet, let me know, but I will try and get around to reviewing them all. Enjoy and Happy New Year!!!!

  1. Traces: Framed       Luke Harding FI     by Malcom Rose     223 pgs.
  2. The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan    375 pgs.
  3. Spy High    Mission 1     by A.J. Butcher      196 pgs
  4. ODD and the FROST GIANTS by Neil Gaiman    117 pgs.
  5. Hoot by Carl Hiaasen    292 pgs.
  6. The Bridesmaid by Hailey Abbott 266 pgs.
  7. Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz 234 pgs.
  8. Warrior The New Prophecy     Dawn by Erin Hunter 335 pgs.
  9. Warriors The New Prophecy     Moonrise by Erin Hunter    287 pgs.
  10. Point Blank     by Anthony Horowitz    215 pgs.
  11. The New Prophecy       Warriors       Starlight by Erin Hunter 352 pgs.
  12. The New Prophecy       Warriors      Twilight by Erin Hunter 352 pgs.
  13. Eagle Strike by Anthony Horowitz 336 pgs.
  14. Super Edition   Warriors    Bluestar’s Prophecy 554 pgs.
  15. Super Edition    Warriors Firestar’s Quest 544 pgs.
  16. SilverFin by Charlie Higson 352 pgs.
  17. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling 784 pgs.
  18. Power of Three    Warriors    The Sight by Erin Hunter 400 pgs.
  19. Night by Elie Wiesel 120 pgs.
  20. Max Cassidy  ESCAPE FROM SHADOW ISLAND by Paul Adam 304 pgs
  21. Power of Three    Warriors    Dark River by Erin Hunter 352 pgs.
  22. Scorpia by Anthony Horowitz 400 pgs.
  23. Ark Angel by Anthony Horowitz 326 pgs.
  24. Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz 388 pgs.
  25. Power of Three    Warriors     Outcast by Erin Hunter 352 pgs.
  26. THE STONE HEART TRILOGY    Stoneheart by Charlie Fletcher 510 pgs.
  27. The Princess Bride by William Goldman 450 pgs.
  28. Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson 272 pgs.
  29. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown 372 pgs.
  30. Percy Jackson  The Sea of Monster by Rick Riordan 304 pgs.
  31. Power of Three    Warriors   Eclipse by Erin Hunter 352 pgs.
  32. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer 544 pgs.
  33. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer 576 pgs.
  34. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer 528 pgs.
  35. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer 649 pgs.
  36. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer 768 pgs.
  37. Angels and Deamons by Dan Brown 608 pgs.
  38. Soldier Boys by Dean Hughes 240 pgs.
  39. Da Vinchi Code by Dan Brown 608 pgs.
  40. Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko 240 pgs.
  41. The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Rick Yancy 339 pgs.
  42. Animal Farm by George Orwell 141 pgs.
  43. Misery by Stephen King 352 pgs.
  44. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart 512 pgs.
  45. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly 352 pgs.
  46. Mortal Instrument Series   The Infernal Devices   Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare 476 pgs.
  47. Alex Rider #8 Crocodile Tears by Anthony Horowitz 400 pgs.
  48. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury 208 pgs
  49. The Invisible Order – Book One – Rise of the Darklings by Paul Crilley 333 pgs
  50. Mortal Instrument Series         City of Bones       by Cassandra Clare 485 pgs

Total Pages Read This Year – 17,609 pgs.

That total might not seems like a lot but when you look at how big the books are, it is an enormous amount. Also the total is slightly under because I went to Amazon and looked at their page count and they did not have same edition I read. So I have more that 17,609, but it is close enough. 🙂


Book Reviews

All the book reviews done on this blog can be found here in alphabetical order by author.


The Bridesmaid by Hailey Abbott 
MAX CASSIDY Escape from Shadow Island by Paul Adam 
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Trapped by Alison Aimes
George Washington, Spymaster by Thomas B. Allen 
Zahras Paradise by Amir and Khalil 
Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral 


The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker
The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker
Tortured Souls: The Legend of Primordium by Clive  Barker
The Lost Years of Merlin
by T.A. Barron (Book #1)

The Seven Songs of Merlin by T.A. Barron (Book #2)
College Safety 101 by Kathleen Baty
When You Lunch With the Emperor by Ludwig Bemelmans
The Name Of This Book Is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Something Wick This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Digital Fortress by Dan Brown 
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown 
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown 
Inferno by Dan Brown
The Shadow Project by Herbie Brennan
Moloka’i by Alan Brennert 
Bad Kitty Gets a Bath by Nick Bruel 
Spy High by A. J. Butcher


Graceling by Kristen Cashore
Siren’s Call (A Rainshadow Novel) by Jayne Castle

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Two Little Girls in Blue by Mary Higgins Clark
Citizen Kill by Stephen Clark
Shogun by James Clavell
The Naked Roommate: And 107 Issues You Might Run Into In College by Harlan Cohen
Finding Magdalena by Shannon Cordon
How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer 
Dangerous Territory: An Alpha Ops Novella by Emmy Curtis


Raining Embers (Order and Chaos Book 1) by Jessica Dall
The Ledge
by Jim Davidson and Kevin Vaughan

Hacking Timbuktu by Stephen Davis
Outlaw by Stephen Davies 
Horrible Histories: Edinburgh by Terry Deary
Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin 
The Spider and the Fly by Tony Diterlizzi 


Are You My Mother? by P.D Eastman
The Middle School Survival Guide by Arlene Erlbach


The Research Project (The Research Project Trilogy Book 1) by Sarah Fawcett
Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush Book #1) by Becca Fitzpatrick 
Silence (Hush, Hush Book #3) by Becca Fitzpatrick
Star Wars vs. Star Trek by Matt Forbeck 
The Girls’ Book HOW TO BE THE BEST AT EVERYTHING by Juliana Foster 
Who Was Ben Franklin? by Dennis Brindell Fradin 
Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life As A Weapon by Matt Fraction
On Bullshit by Harry Frankfurt
Lyrec by Gregory Frost
Inkheart by Cornelia Funk


Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman 
Katana (A Katana Novel Book #1) by Cole Gibson
Senshi (A Katana Novel Book #2) by Cole Gibson
Noah’s Knits by Fiona Goble 
Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Leviathan


Found (The Missing Book #1) by Margaret Peterson Haddix 
The Old Willis Place by Mary Downing Hahn
Riven by Jane Alvey Harris 
Pandora Gets Jealous by Carolyn Hennesy 
Out Of The Dust by Karen Hesse 
First Strike (Book #4) by Jack Higgins
SilverFin (A James Bond Adventure) by Charlie Higson
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge 
Stormbreaker (Alex Rider Book #1) by Anthony Horowitz 
Alex Rider Series (Book #1-9) by Anthony Horowitz
Tiger’s Curse (Tiger’s Curse Series Book #1) by Colleen Houck
Tiger’s Quest (Tiger’s Curse Series Book #2) by Colleen Houck
Tigers Voyage (Tigers Curse Series Book #3) by Colleen Houck
Tiger’s Destiny (Tiger’s Curse Series Book #4) by Colleen Houck
Soldier Boys by Dean Hughes
Into The Wild (Warriors Book #1) by Erin Hunter
Fire and Ice (Warriors Book #2) by Erin Hunter
Forest of Secrets (Warriors Book #3) by Erin Hunter 
Rising Storm (Warriors Book #4) by Erin Hunter
A Dangerous Path (Warriors Book #5) by Erin Hunter
The Darkest Hour (Warriors Book #6) by Erin Hunter
Midnight (Warriors: The New Prophecy Book #1) by Erin Hunter 
Moonrise (Warriors: The New Prophecy Book #2) by Erin Hunter
Dawn (Warriors: The New Prophecy Book #3) by Erin Hunter
Starlight (Warriors: The New Prophecy Book #4) by Erin Hunter 
Twilight (Warriors: The New Prophecy Book #5) by Erin Hunter
Sunset (Warriors: The New Prophecy Book #6) by Erin Hunter
Firestar’s Quest (Warriors Super Edition) by Erin Hunter
The Sight (Warriors: Power of Three Book #1) by Erin Hunter
Dark River (Warriors: Power of Three Book #2) by Erin Hunter
Outcast (Warriors: Power of Three Book #3) by Erin Hunter
Eclipse (Warriors: Power of Three Book #4) by Erin Hunter



A Bargain in Silver (Solis Invicti Book 1) by Josie Jaffrey
Repossessed by A.M Jenkins
The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John 
Dead Mans Cove by Lauren St. John


A Million Shades of Grey by Cynthia Kadohata
Zahras Paradise by Amir and Khalil 
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Misery by Stephen King 
The Mist by Stephen King
Joyland by Stephen King
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower Book 1) by Stephen King
King Matt the First by Janusz Korczak


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Leviathan
Rules by Cynthia Lord
The Headhunters by Peter Lovesey
The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry
Number the Stars by Louis Lowr
The Young Elites (A Young Elites Novel) by Marie Lu

Kill Switch by Chris Lynch


A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah. J. Maas
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Dashing Through The Snow by Debbie Macomber
Between Us And The Moon by Rebecca Maizel
Twilight (Book #1) by Stephanie Meyer
Must Love Dukes by Elizabeth Michels
Destiny of the Republic: A Take of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard
Fracture by Megan Miranda
Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe
Strange Magic by Syd Moore
Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery
Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution by Michelle Moran
The Princess Bride by S. Morgenstern
Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa 


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Forsaken by Ken Newman
Evermore by Alyson Noël


A History of Weapons by John O’Bryan
The Flame of Olympus (Pegasus) by Kate Ohearn
Cuba 15 by Nancy Osa
Japanese for Healthcare Professionals by Shigeru Osuka


Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
C3 Corvette 1968-1982: How to Build and Modify – Performance How-To Series by Chris Petris
Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot by Dav Pilkey (Review by M.O.M)
Captain Underpants by Dav Pilney (Review by M.O.M)
Die For Me (Revenants Book #1) by Amy Plum 
Until I Die (Revenants Book #2) by Amy Plum 
The Dead of Winter by Chris Priestley



Ready or Not? by Tina Radziszewicz
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Ford Small Block Engine Parts Interchange – Performance How-To Series by George Reid
Percy Jackson and the Olympians (Book 1) by Rick Riordan
Jackaby by William Ritter
Somehow Tenderness Survives by Hazel Rochman
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (Book #1) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book #7) by J.K. Rowling
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan (Reviewed by M.O.M)


She’s So Dead To Us by Kieran Scott
Embrace by Jessica Shirvington (Embrace Series Book #1)
Lost in Yonkers by Niel Simon
Angels’ Blood (Guild Hunter Series Book #1) by Nalini Singh
Archangel’s Blade (Guild Hunter Series Book #5) by Nalini Singh
Guild Hunter Series (Books #1-6) by Nalini Singh 
Archangel’s Shadows (Guild Hunter Series Book #7) by Nalini Singh
Archangel’s Enigma (Guild Hunter Series Book #8) by Nalini Singh
Archangel’s Heart (Guild Hunter Series Book #9) by Nalini Singh
Archangel’s Viper (Guild Hunter Series Book #10) by Nalini Singh
Lord of the Abyss (Royal House of Shadows Book #4)  by Nalini Singh
Slave to Sensation (Psy/Changling Book #1) by Nalini Singh
Visions of Heat (Psy/Changling Book #2) by Nalini Singh
The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle by L.J. Smith
Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
Santa’s Snow Cat by Sue Stainton
Parker by Richard Stark
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedmad
The Hitchhiker by R.L. Stein
Beach Party by R.L. Stein 
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater


The Secret DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend
Shibumi by Trevanian
The Art of War by Sun Tzu



The Ledge by Jim Davidson and Kevin Vaughan


Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood Book #1) by J.R. Ward 
Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood Book #2) by J.R. Ward
Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood Book #3) by J.R. Ward
Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly
Gol (The Legends of Ansu) by J.W. Webb
McDuffs New Friend by Rosemary Wells
Oh Deer! Coloring Book by Christie Whelan 
Night by Elie Wiesel
Debt Inheritance (Indebted #1) by Pepper Winters 




Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff 


100 Questions You’d Never Ask Your Parents by Elisabeth Henderson and Nancy Armstrong