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The Gardener of Alcatraz: A True Story



by
Emma Bland Smith
illustrated by
Jenn Ely

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Charlesbridge
Imprint
Charlesbridge
ISBN
9781623541606
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A prisoner gardens his way to freedom in this inspiring picture-book biography.

When Elliott Michener was locked away in Alcatraz for counterfeiting, he was determined to defy the odds and bust out. But when he got a job tending the prison garden, a funny thing happened. Thoughts of escape were replaced with new interests and skills—and a sense of dignity and fulfillment. Elliott transformed Alcatraz Island, and the island transformed him.

Told with empathy and a storyteller’s flair, Elliott’s story is funny, touching, and unexpectedly relevant. Back matter about the history of Alcatraz and the US prison system today invites meaningful discussion.

Time line. “And Then What Happened?” Further Information about Alcatraz and its gardens, with photographs. Author’s note. Selected bibliography. Full-color gouache and digital illustrations. 

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 11"

Dewey

B

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

630L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jun 2022

Book Genres

Narrative Nonfiction, Picture Book

Topics

Elliott Michener. US penitentiaries. Alcatraz Island, California. Prisons. Prisoners. Gardeners and gardening. 

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