Thursday, August 18, 2005

Al Capone Does My Shirts

It seems like there are a bunch of books about autism lately. Is it just me? To check, I made a list of the books I've read this year, and discovered that only 2 of 26 were about autism. That's not counting Flowers for Algernon. So I guess it's just me. However, I think the incidence (or at least diagnosis) has increased at least over my lifetime, and I know a number of people who work with autistic kids. So maybe that's spilling over. Anyway.

This is a fun book. Kids live on Alcatraz during the 1930's (their dads are guards or something) and the convicts do the laundry. So Al Capone really does do their shirts. But the real story is how Moose's family is trying to get his autistic sister into a special school in San Francisco, but she's not ready, so Moose has to take care of her. I don't really know the point of the story, but it's a nice story, and it's a fun story, and it's told well. I enjoyed it.

You read a lot of books, I was told today. Then, And I read very few of your reviews. Too bad. I'm going to keep writing them. It's more for me, so I can keep track of the books I read. I used to write the title in the back of my real journal, but I ran out of room.

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