Many of our teachers assign genre reading. Historical fiction doesn't get more enjoyable than the Alcatraz series from Gennifer Choldenko. The first in the trilogy is Al Capone Does My Shirts. This second book takes us further into the world of Moose Flanagan, whose father is a guard at Alcatraz. Most of the guards and their families live on the island, along with an assortment of prisoners, including the infamous Al Capone.
This is one of those books that taught me more about life during the 1930s than any history book! I allow my students to add reviews to our library catalog, and all three books in the series have only 5 star reviews. Appropriate for grades 6 and up.