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When most people hear the name Alcatraz, the first thing they think of is the escape-proof penitentiary that housed America’s toughest criminals. But the small island known as “The Rock” has a long and fascinating history. Since its discovery in 1775, Alcatraz has also served as a fortress to protect the western United States from invasion, a Civil War-era military prison,When most people hear the name Alcatraz, the first thing they think of is the escape-proof penitentiary that housed America’s toughest criminals. But the small island known as “The Rock” has a long and fascinating history. Since its discovery in 1775, Alcatraz has also served as a fortress to protect the western United States from invasion, a Civil War-era military prison, and a symbol of defiance for American Indians in the 1960s. Today, it has become a national park. With this book, young readers will go back to the island’s humble beginnings and follow its transformations through the years. They’ll meet the legendary Birdman and other notorious prisoners, learn about some famous “great escapes,” and more....

Title : Mysteries Unwrapped™: The Secrets of Alcatraz
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ISBN : 9781402735912
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 96 Pages
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Mysteries Unwrapped™: The Secrets of Alcatraz Reviews

  • Helen Power
    2018-11-06 19:15

    This is a very cute and informative book about the history of Alcatraz - which includes a lot of information about its history beyond just being a prison, which was what made me want to read this.

  • Josh Napper
    2018-11-12 14:14

    Josh NapperThe secrets of Alcatraz The secrets of Alcatraz was a book that I had very mixed feelings readings. It was very Interesting throughout however I thought there were portions of it that were irrelevant. The most interesting section was probably the biography about Al Capones life. Al Capone was a high class mob member until he was jailed for not paying his taxed correctly. He was not given any special priorities in Alcatraz although he would bribe the warden with large amounts of money. Alcatraz was a very strict prison for a long amount of time, however it softened up when a new warden arrived. My favorite quote from the book was "Quick!, come with me I can take you back to the island" (Susan 75). This was when a local fishermen offered to take a native American over to Alcatraz after he realized Indians were settling on Alcatraz illegally. In this book the public judges the native Americans for trying to settle on Alcatraz, saying that they don't belong their. The native Americans challenge the beliefs of society and end up winning. They don't back down and are very keen to settle on this island. They even write a multi page letter explaining why they should be allowed to settle on to the abandoned island. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys some brief history. Also this would be a good read for anyone who enjoys a motivational happy ending. I am glad to know more about Alcatraz and am very happy that I read this book

  • Nico Pocho
    2018-11-14 14:21

    I think this book was a great read. This book is 88 pages long so I feel like you cant really dive into the book. I would recommend this book to readers that like threatening books that state real-life facts to keep the reader amazed. Shows a story about many prisoners that have been sent to Alcatraz including Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly. This story doesn't have a plot, because, it's non-fiction. I would really recommend for a short trip or an airplane ride because the book just sets the mood.

  • Connor Stubbe
    2018-10-30 12:23

    I am finished reading the book The Secrets of Alcatraz, it was an interesting book. I found out things that I never knew before. My favorite part of the book was when it told me about one of the escapes that was succesful. It involved four men: Frank Lee Morris, Clarence and John Anglin, and Allen West. The prision gurads did not expect them to escape the prison. They all had a job that would help them to escape the prison. Frank Lee Morris worked in the prison shop which made brushes. There he had access to all kinds of materials and tools to aid in an escape. John Anglin worked in the clothing room in the prison basement, from which he gathered the materials needed to survive in the bay. Clarence Anglin worked in ther prison barbershop, which allowed him to steal shorn hair, and essential part of the mens's plan to elude the guards. Allen West worked on the painting crew in the utility corridor, where he saw the deterioration of the concrete walls, learned the geography of the utility area, and figured out how it could be accessed from the tiny air vents at the back of the prisoner's cells. Then they scraped every night away at the cement when it was about time to go to bed so the garuds did not know what they were doing. Then on day they they got all of it off and then they were planning to go but then Clarence Anglin was not ready cause his scement was to dry.Then they decided to go without him. Then they left. The next morning the guards saw that the three of the men were missing and then Clarence Anglin said I was apart of this plan and then he got in trouble. Then the three men got out of Alcatraz and got away. But to this day they found Frank Lee Morris's body in the ocean Allen West got caught by a man driving a boat and the prisoner got sent back in to the prison. Then three monthes after they escaped they got a letter back saying "Ha Ha Ha I made it". It was signed by John Anglin. I would recommend this book because it is really interesting and you learn alot about Alcatraz. It tells you about who escaped and who tried to escaped. It is a reallly good and fun book to read and see how people tried to escaped the prison. It was really fun and good you should read it.

  • Ms. Mielke's Class Make sure you post how your sheets tell you to!!!!
    2018-11-11 15:01

    I think the Secrets of Alcatraz is a good book because it talks about history on how life was like with major criminals. It also talks about how they built it and how no criminal could escape. People and parents might like this book because it teaches kids not to do bad things and to not get into trouble. The coolest part was the part when these criminals had a really well thought plan and they use that plan to escape and today they still wonder if they did, because they have no trace of them. TB

  • Caitlin King
    2018-11-03 15:10

    This book was a really good nonfiction piece. Usuallly I am not interested in nonfiction pieces but this one read kind of like a story. It unfortunatley seemed like a fiction book, although in reality was a horrible part of our American past. I knew the basics of Alcatraz and the big escape story, but everything else was news to me. I'm glad I spread out and read the book because it opened my eyes to how crazy our past with criminals is.

  • Jill
    2018-11-16 17:07

    This is a great book with a lot of interesting facts about Alcatraz. It is fast-paced with its short paragraphs of information. I particularly like that it gave a whole history of the island and not just about the prison; although that is, of course, the bulk of the book. Who knew Indians occupied the island for almost two years after the prison was shut down? Great stuff and cool pictures, to boot!

  • Amy
    2018-10-30 15:59

    Who isn't completely enthralled with the mystery and history of Alcatraz? This book is geared specifically for kids from about 3rd-5th grade (reading level) so I love that you get the details without all the "specifics" (Al Capone and his syphillis, blood & guts, etc.). It talks about the history of the island, the most infamous prisoners, escape attempts, etc. Loved every minute of did my 9 year old...and my 7 year old is clamboring for it next.

  • Stacey Mulholland
    2018-10-20 16:56

    Interesting nonfiction book about Alcatraz. Previous to reading the book, I'll I knew about the island was what I learned reading Al Capone Does My Shirts, a Mythbusters episode, and the movie The Rock. While the escape stories were intriguing, what I learned, that I had no prior knowledge of, was about the Native Americans squatting on the land.

  • Shea Kaulfers
    2018-10-31 17:59

    This book was okay. It really didn't interest me, but that is hard to do. I thought it was pretty interesting when it talked about Al Capone and Machine gun kelly planning the great escape. It was really creative that Al Capone and Machine gun Kelly put a fake head in the bunker to make it look like they were actually there that night, even though they were escaping.

  • Madeline
    2018-11-15 17:10

    Imagine if you were first arriving at the dreaded alcatraz. Just hearing the name makes me shiver in fright. Isolation, fights in the lunchroom, and hearing the clank of prison chains and cups dragging across the bars. eep! I have been to alcatraz(but not in a bad way)and it doesn't look very inviting at all to me. I sure hope i'm not going again soon, but I knowlies there, bad things.

  • Carrie
    2018-10-19 18:12

    I only wish the author had included more real-life photos of the ins and outs of the island. But that aside, I learned quite a bit about the Rock that I did not even know about...including the Native American Occupation.

  • Kelli
    2018-10-29 13:11

    This was another one I read for my classroom book club. I must say I was dreading reading it when the kids voted on it, but after I read it, I thought it was really interesting! I learned lots of stuff I never knew about "The Rock!"

  • Jonathan
    2018-11-14 11:13

    It is very interesting because it gives you information about the prison Alcatraz

  • Trista
    2018-10-18 11:14

    Great history about Alcatraz.

  • Alexander
    2018-11-17 14:12

    it was ok

  • Mariann
    2018-10-24 17:02

    I couldn't put this book down!

  • Sally
    2018-10-20 17:20

    I read Al Capone Shines My Shoes, so I decided to read this book because I had some backround knowledge and it turned out really good!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sarah
    2018-11-06 19:14

    pretty good