Gennifer Choldenko Visits
Gennifer Choldenko visits our school! Gennifer is the author of the very popular Al Capone series (set on Alcatraz!) and many other wonderful books for all ages! Use the form to order your own author-signed copies!
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Gennifer's latest book is One-Third Nerd for ages 8-12.
Fifth grade is not for amateurs, according to Liam. Luckily, he knows that being more than one-third nerd is not cool. Liam lives in the Bay area near San Francisco with his mom and two younger sisters. Dakota is fascinated by science and has a big personality but struggles to make friends; Izzy, a child with Down syndrome, makes friends easily and notices things that go past everyone else. Dad lives across town, but he’s over a lot. And then there’s Cupcake, their lovable German shepherd, who guards their basement apartment.
Recently, Cupcake has a problem—she’s peeing in the house. The kids need to make enough money to take her to the vet before their landlord upstairs finds out. And Mom and Dad have said if Cupcake doesn’t stop, they will find her a new home. But the kids will never let Cupcake go. Can they save her?
For ages 4-6 years, Dad and the Dinosaur is the perfect book for a Father's Day read aloud!
Nicholas wishes he could be as brave as his dad, but he needs help, in the form of a toy dinosaur. Dinosaurs like the dark. Bugs are nothing to them. They eat manhole covers for lunch (and everything under them for dinner). With his toy dinosaur safely in his pocket, Nicholas can be brave too: scaling climbing walls, swimming in deep water, even scoring the winning soccer goal. But when the dinosaur goes missing, there’s only one person who can help find him: Dad. And dads know that having a little help tackling your fears isn’t something to be embarassed about. It’s just guy stuff.
BOOK 2 in the series...What do you do when your neighbors are a bunch of hit men, con men, and mad dog murderers? Well, if you’re Moose Flanagan, you ask the most notorious convict of them all, Al Capone, for help. But when that convict comes through for youÑand then asks you for a favor in returnÑsuddenly it’s a whole different ball game. Picking up where the NewberyÐHonor winning Al Capone Does My Shirts left off, this lively second romp featuring Moose, his friends, and some of Alcatraz’s “finest” is just as satisfying as the first.
BOOK 1 in the series for ages 9+...
Today I moved to Alcatraz, 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 are twenty-three other kids who live on the island because their dads work as guards or cooks or doctors or electricians for the prison, like my dad does. And then 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.
BOOK 3...It’s 1936. Moose lives on Alcatraz with his family, just like the other families of the guards. When Moose’s dad gets promoted to Assistant Warden, despite being an unlikely candidate, it’s a big deal. But the cons have a point system for targeting prison employees, and his dad is now in serious danger. After a fire starts in their apartment, Natalie is blamed, and Moose bands with the other kids to track down the possible arsonist. Then Moose gets a cryptic note from Al Capone. Is Capone trying to protect Moose’s dad too? If Moose can’t figure out what the words mean, it may be too late.
BOOK 4 and the latest in the Al Capone series...Moose Flanagan lives on a famous island in California: Alcatraz, home to some of the most dangerous prisoners in the United States in the 1930s. It’s the summer before he starts high school, and Moose is going to play a lot of baseball and win a spot on the high school team. But he still needs to watch his special older sister, Natalie—and then the warden asks Moose to look after his two-faced, danger-loving daughter, Piper.
In the cell house there are rumors that the cons will a strike, and that Moose’s father might step up to a new job. Moose is worried: What will this mean for their family, especially for Natalie, who’s had some scary run-ins with prisoners? Then the unthinkable happens: Natalie winds up someplace she should never, ever go. And Moose has to rescue her.