Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
This book has amazing depth for such simplicity. Choldenko grabs you with a unique setting, and then hooks you with real people. A pure delight. She really recreates an older era, the 1930s, where society was different, and takes you into that era like no other book I’ve read.
I only have one “beef” with this book…and it’s a minor inconsistency. In one small quote, Moose regrets that he’ll have a normal life, but his sister won’t, saying that he’ll graduate from high school, go to college, get married and have kids…The only problem with this is that college wasn’t an assumed route by everyone back in the 30s. In fact, college as a rite of passage, that is the feeling entitlement to go to college, is only 2 or 3 decades old.
Other than this, simply an excellent book.