Read enjoyed a clear sunny day beside the San Francisco Bay today, exploring Fisherman’s Wharf and Alcatraz Island. His visit to Alcatraz transported him with its educational and engaging audio tour and startled him with the unexpected beauty he found in such a rugged, inhospitable place.

How many of you read the bestselling novel Al Capone Does My Shirts (2004) in middle school? It’s about Moose Flanagan and his family moving to Alacatraz in 1935 when his father gets a job at the prison.