Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko is an amazing book that made me smile and think. Taking place in 1935 Moose Flanagan and his family move to Alcatraz Island for his father's job. What follows is mischief and the desire to fit in for Moose, all while he must deal with the responsibility of caring for an older sister with what we now know of as Autism.
"Today I moved to a twelve-acre rock covered with cement, topped with bird turd and surrounded by water. I'm not the only kid who lives here. There's my sister, Natalie, except she doesn't count. And there are twenty-three other kids who live on the island because their dads work as guards or cook's or doctors or electricians for the prison, like my dad does. Plus, there are a ton of murderers, rapists, hit men, con men, stickup men, embezzlers, connivers, burglars, kidnappers and maybe even an innocent man or two, though I doubt it. The convicts we have are the kind other prisons don't want. I never knew prisons could be picky, but I guess they can. You get to Alcatraz by being the worst of the worst. Unless you're me. I came here because my mother said I had to."
From amazon.com book description
This book was a great read and is a Newbery Honor book, so come in and check it out for a unique take on the history of this infamous prison and what life was like on the island.