Friday, February 19, 2010
Literary Feast Invitation!
Hello dear, dear readers!
It has been a while since our last Literary Feast -- you know, the one with the zombies and the bloody rampages and the steampunking -- so Shel and I have decided we'd best start another one.
This month (and probably into March) we'll be reading the best-selling, Newbery-Honor-Booking, utterly fantastic Al Capone Does My Shirts, by Gennifer Choldenko.
Here's a taste of the book, from the back cover:
Murderers, mob bosses, and convicts... these guys are not your average neighbors. Not unless you live on Alcatraz. It's 1935 and twelve-year-old Moose Flanagan and his family have just moved to the infamous island that's home to criminals like notorious escapee Roy Gardner, Machine Gun Kelly, and, of course, Al Capone.
But that's just the beginning of Moose's troubles because on Alcatraz the kids are all cowed by the clever, danger-loving daughter of the warden, Piper Williams. Now moose has to try to fit in at his new school, avoid getting caught up in one of Piper's countless schemes, and keep an eye on his sister, Nathalie, who's not like other kids.
All Moose wants to do is protect Nathalie, live up to his parents' expectations, and stay out of trouble. But on Alcatraz, trouble is never very far away.
So head on over to your local library or bookstore, and grab yourself a copy! We'll start reading this week, and will post a review of the first sixty pages (through chapter nine) on Tuesday!