Did you know that on October 17, 1931, Al Capone was found to be guilty on five counts of tax evasion/non-filing of tax returns, and was sentenced to 11 years in prison? Maybe not, but Capone served part of his sentence at Alcatraz (he was admitted there in August of 1934.)
Writer Gennifer Choldenko has penned a series of kids’ books for older readers set during that time period, and on Alcatraz Island. The first is Al Capone Does my Shirts (2004), followed by Al Capone Shines my Shoes (2009) and the most recent is Al Capone Does my Homework (2013). Al Capone Does my Shirts follows the move of the Flanagan family from Santa Monica to Alcatraz Island, with Moose Flanagan, his autistic sister Natalie, and Mom and Dad. Dad has gotten a job at Alcatraz, and sister Natalie is set to attend a special school in San Francisco. The other two books are the further adventures of the Flanagan family.
Does Al Capone actually make an appearance in these books? Find out when you read the series!
(And, incidentally, Al Capone didn’t end up serving the entire 11 years—he was released in 1939, serving just over 7 1/2 years of his sentence.)