Three of us listened to this during a very long road trip (ages 11, 17, & 50). Not once during the time it was playing were there any questions about our destination or complaints about the length of the trip.
We found the story to be engaging and the characters were interesting. The subject matter might be a little above children under 12 - there were a few things I had to explain to my 11yo. There was enough humor to lighten up some of the more serious aspects and I really liked how the author put in a lot of details about life on Alcatraz. Loved the narrator as well.
We recommend the series.
This wasn't always easy for me to listen to, because my young daughter is on the spectrum, and I certainly recognised the challenges faced by the family and their various ways of coping and reacting. Ouch. At first, I was a little annoyed that Natalie is yet another autistic savant character, seemingly in the mould of Rain Man, but the Afterword informs me that Natalie is based on a member of the author's family, so I won't argue. Choldenko has evidently been there.
I found this intriguing and enjoyable enough that, after hearing part of it while away in Victoria, I sought it out in Ottawa to hear the rest.
Moose Flanagan moves to Alcatraz island with his family when his Dad gets a job as a prision guard. Moose's sister, Natalie, is autistic and his Mother is trying to get her admitted into a school that she thinks will help. There's a good mix of the serious with the funny as Moose struggles to fit in with other kids and lots of detail about the life on the island and the convicts who lived there back in 1935.
A poignant story about the life of a 12 year old with an older Autistic sister. Very interesting story and plot-line, but surprisingly enthralling story
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