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Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things

on May 20, 2013

JF Look    •    AR Reading Level: 3.8    •    AR Points: 3.0    •    Quiz #123779

Jacket.aspxAlvin Ho is the story of the adventures of Alvin Ho a young boy of Chinese decent who is afraid of almost everything.  He loves superheroes, reading, and playing catch with his grandfather, Gunggung. Alvin Ho is about to start first grade, but he has a big problem:  he is allergic to school.  He is so allergic to school that he can’t talk in school at all.  He can talk at home and even on the school bus, but not at school.  It is hard to make friends when you can’t even say hello to them.  What will Alvin do?  Will he ever find a friend?

Alvin Ho is the story of a shy and awkward young boy.  He explains his life from his point of view in much the same way as Judy Moody and Junie B. Jones do.  It is humorous, but most of all, it is a story that relatable for readers who may also be struggling to find their social place in school and make friends.  It teaches good values like: being popular is not always worth the price (thankfully Alvin got a refund), and that you don’t need to make friends by changing who you are (you just need to find a friend who like you for you).  This is an excellent book and well worth reading!

Genre: Humor  •  Interest Level: grades 3-5

2012 California Young Reader Award

Look, L. (2008).  Alvin Ho: allergic to girls, school, and other scary things.  (LeUyen Pham, Illustrator).  New York, NY: Schwartz & Wade.

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