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The gardener of Alcatraz : a true story  Cover Image Book Book

The gardener of Alcatraz : a true story / Emma Bland Smith ; illustrated by Jenn Ely.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781623541606
  • ISBN: 1623541603
  • Physical Description: 40 pages ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, 2022.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
"When prisoner Elliott Michener began tending the gardens at Alcatraz, his thoughts of escape were replaced with new skills and a sense of dignity. Back matter discusses the history of Alcatraz and the US prison system today"-- Provided by publisher.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 7-10. Charlesbridge.
Grades 2-3. Charlesbridge.
630L Lexile
Decoding demand: 84 (very high) Semantic demand: 97 (very high) Syntactic demand: 90 (very high) Structure demand: 89 (very high) Lexile
Subject: Michener, Elliott.
United States Penitentiary, Alcatraz Island, California > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Prisoners > United States > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Gardeners > California > Alcatraz Island > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Gardens > California > Alcatraz Island > Juvenile literature.
Genre: Picture books.

Available copies

  • 8 of 8 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Rolla Public.


  • 0 current holds with 8 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Rolla Public Library JNF 364.1092 SMI (Text) 38256101856809 Juvenile Nonfiction Available -

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