Al Capone Shines My Shoes
by Gennifer Choldenko
ages 10 and up
Puffin Books
ISBN 978-0142420522

Three siblings—India, Finn, and Mouse—have less than forty-eight hours to pack up all their belongings and fly, without Mom, to their uncle Red’s in Colorado, after they lose their house to foreclosure. But when they land, a mysterious driver meets them at the airport, and he’s never heard of Uncle Red. Like Dorothy in Oz, they find themselves in a place they’ve never heard of, with no idea of how to get home, and time is running out.

In a total departure, Choldenko tells a story of adventure and survival, set in a fantastical place with rules all its own. Sharp dialogue and taut action make this a book that will stick with you long after you read the incredible ending.

Heads Up!
Bank Street Children's Book Committee 2012 Best Children's Books of the Year
Black-Eyed Susan Book Award nominee for 2012-2013
Chicago Public Library's 2011 Best of the Best Reading List for Kids
Vroman's Bookstore 3/18/2012 Bestseller List
Listening Library selection
Bloomsbury will publish it in the United Kingdom
Check out the Reading Group Discussion Guide from Scholastic Book Clubs!

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