The Gardener of Alcatraz Hardcover by Emma Bland Smith (Author); Jenn Ely (Illustrator)

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The Gardener of Alcatraz Hardcover by Emma Bland Smith (Author); Jenn Ely (Illustrator)

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  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (2022-04-05)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • ISBN-13: 9781623541606
  • Item Weight: 510.3 grams
  • Dimensions: 8.75 x 11.38 x 0.42 cm

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. He found 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.

About the Author

Emma Bland Smith thinks the best thing about writing books is getting to visit lots of cool places for research--like Alcatraz. She is a public librarian, a book blogger, and the author of many children's books, including Journey: Based on the True Story of OR7, the Most Famous Wolf in the West.

Jenn Ely loves a well-told story. She works on animated projects for film and television and illustrates books, such as If You Were a Kid Building a Pyramid. Jenn believes in trying things that might not work because that's what makes you grow. @elyjenna

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