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Gennifer Choldenko

Biography

Gennifer Choldenko

Gennifer Choldenko's first novel, NOTES FROM A LIAR AND HER DOG, was a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and a California Book Award winner. Her second novel, AL CAPONE DOES MY SHIRTS, was a Newbery Honor Book and a School Library Journal, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. AL CAPONE DOES MY SHIRTS has sold more than a million copies worldwide. It has been on the New York Times, Booksense, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. A GIANT CRUSH (illustrated by Melissa Sweet), was published in 2011. Her first fantasy novel, NO PASSENGERS BEYOND THIS POINT was called “a fast-paced mind bender” and a “Wonderfully imagined adventure story.”  AL CAPONE DOES MY HOMEWORK, the last book in the Al Capone trilogy, was published in 2013. Gennifer’s books have been translated into thirteen languages. 

Gennifer Choldenko

Books by Gennifer Choldenko

written by Gennifer Choldenko with illustrations by Eglantine Ceulemans - Children's, Children's 8-12, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Humor, Youth Fiction

Liam lives in the Bay area with his mom and two younger sisters. Dakota has a big personality but struggles to make friends; Izzy, a child with Down syndrome, makes friends easily and notices things that others don't. And then there's Cupcake, their German shepherd, who guards their apartment. But 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?

by Gennifer Choldenko - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction
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. He needs to watch his special older sister, Natalie --- and then the warden asks Moose to look after his 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.
by Gennifer Choldenko - Family

San Francisco, 1900. The Gilded Age. A fantastic time to be alive for lots of people…but not 13 year old Lizzie Kennedy, stuck at Miss Barstow’s snobby school for girls. Lizzie’s secret passion is science, an unsuitable subject for finishing-school girls. Lizzie lives to go on house calls with her physician father. On those visits to his patients, she discovers a hidden dark side of the city --- a side that’s full of secrets, rats and rumors of the plague.

by Gennifer Choldenko - Youth Fiction

Alcatraz Island in the 1930s isn't the most normal place to grow up, but it's home for Moose Flanagan, his autistic sister, Natalie, and all the families of the guards. After a fire starts in the Flanagan's apartment, Natalie is blamed, and Moose bands with the other kids to track down the possible arsonist. Then Moose gets a cryptic note from the notorious Al Capone himself. If Moose can't figure out what Capone's note means, it may be too late.

by Gennifer Choldenko - Family, Fiction, Historical Fiction

When Moose meets Piper, the cute daughter of the Warden, he knows right off she's trouble. But she's also strangely irresistible. All Moose wants to do is protect his sister Natalie, live up to his parent's expectations and stay out of trouble. But on Alcatraz, trouble is never very far away.