FC: By: sahijpreet
1: summary: This is a journal written by matthew flanagan, a 12 year old boy, who moved to alcatraz island or A.K.a "the rock" in 1935. His father cam flanagan, is a guard and electrician and his mom, helen flanagan, teaches piano. | natalie is his older sister who has tantrums and autism. matthew's family moved to the island to get natalie in a school called esther p. marinoff for older autistic children. matthew does not like his new school or home. natalie is having trouble getting in the school | piper, warden william's daughter,tries to get matthew in trouble by making a "operation" to take kids: clothes and having them washed by the convicts.
2: piper and matthew go to the same school, marina school. they're in the 7th grade matthew is always concerned that natalie will have a tantrum in front of piper and get them kicked off the island. | natialie loves numbers and is a math fanatic. she reads indexes of books,and the phone book. she meets convict 105 and he gives matthew a baseball. | matthew and his mom don't have a good relationship. his mom is always focused on natialie. matthew has to keep his sister quiet all the time.
3: mrs.kelly is trying to help nataile to say and do the right things to be accepted to esther p. marinoff school. matthew's daddy tells him "nobody knows how things will turn out, that's why they go ahead and play the game. you give it your all and sometimes amazing things | happen,but it's hardly ever what you expect". matthew asked the warden to help get his sister in to the special school. the warden said he could not ask al capone to help his sister. so he wrote a letter and put it in one of his dirty shirts. soon after, his dad came home and let the | family know that natalie was accepted. esther p. marinoff was opening another branch. the next mornig matthew gets up and puts on a clean shirt and finds a torn piece of brown paper in his pocket. the note says "done".
4: a map of alcatraz island 29 years alcatraz was a working penitentiary (1934-1963)
5: 50-60 families lived on the island during the given time (1934-1963).
6: MAin character: |||||||| the story is told in journal format by matthew flanagan| matthew's nickname is moose| he is 12 year's old and is in seventh grade| he is tall for his age| natalie is his older sister with blonde hair and green eyes| | moose is always having to look after natalie| always having to keep her quiet |moose says to himself "good moose,obedientmoose, i always do what i'm supposed to do"|his dad feels sorry for him because he had to change school and home just for his sister| | at the start of the journal moose only thinks about himself with no care in the world for others| then as you keep reading he starts to change and works hard to help his family and mom and sister|he was so determined that he asked the big guy (Al capone)for help|
7: piper helps moose get her mom's typewriter to write a letter to al capone|he puts the letter in his dirty clothes| | one week later the family finds out that nataile has been accpeted into the school
8: this is dad's qoute: "life is amazing, isn't it? you can't ever tell what will happen. Nobody knows until they go ahead and play the game" moose puts on a clean shirt and in his pocket he pulls out a torn scrap of brown paper folded in half. scribbled in pencil and underlined twice: "done"
9: NEW character: i am moose's cousin who is a 13 year old. my name is logan walker. i came to visit when i heard they had moved, but i did not know it was alcatraz! when i got off the ferry, i had to go through security.first i had to go in the metal detector then a finger print check then they searched through my stuff. after that i was out of security and on my way to see matthew and the others.a guard escorted me to their apartment. everyone was exited to see me except nataile. moose and his friend piper took me on a huge tour around the island (i talked to a con, score!) after the tour, piper and moose asked me if i knew how to type on a typewriter. i said yes so i am helping in a some sort of plan to get help for natalie.
10: so we sneaked in to the warden's library. we have spotted the typewriter so we run all the way to it. they tell me to type a letter to al capone "are you crazy!" i yell a bit too loud becuase piper's mom comes into the library and sees us. "what are you doing here?" she asks. then she yells at us. i can tell that piper is about to take the blame so i said, "i wanted to type a letter for my dad for father's day so i asked where the typewriter was, so we sneaked in here. i am very sorry." (i try to say with full confidence.) so she leaves the room and comes back with cookies and milk. i type what piper and moose tell me to write. then we run outside and get hit with a burst of fresh air.then i give it to the first con i see his number was 105.
11: the ruins of the warden house