Hand to fans of Jenny Holm, Joan Bauer, and Ann Martin.
Author history. Gennifer Choldenko is beloved by both educators and retailers alike.
Universal appeal. The wacky, kid-friendly premise, quick pacing, and charming illustrations will keep readers engaged. Great pick for reluctant readers, kids who come from divorced families, and dog lovers.
Diversity and inclusion. This novel contains casual diversity—diverse characters, but that isn’t the issue of the book. An important character is Izzy, a child with Down syndrome, who saves the day.
“Reminiscent of Judy Blume’s work, this endearing story will make many children laugh and allow some to see a part of themselves.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred
“It is Liam’s quiet thoughtfulness and relationship with his sisters, especially his interest in their lives—Izzy’s Down syndrome social group “the Forty-Sevens” and Dakota’s impulsive experiments—that let him shine just as bright as his two extroverted sisters.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred
Praise for the Al Capone books:
“Choldenko’s pacing is exquisite…. [A] great read.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred
“Rich characterization, tender drama, and sleuthworthy clues, this poignant mystery makes for a thoroughly satisfying conclusion to the landmark historical trilogy.”—Booklist, Starred
“Choldenko continues to infuse the Alcatraz community with warmth and originality.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred
“Choldenko’s storytelling is compelling, portraying human decency as a force more powerful than heroism.”—Newsday
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