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

Book review by Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

Gentle, humorous story of fearful boy.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 3 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 8+

Fun Book With Good Messages

A really fun book about an Asian boy with selective mutism. It involves some information about bullying and gangs which was really handled well. There is a glossary in the back which helps explain details about the Revolutionary War, the area around Concord MA, and some Asian words students might not know.

This title has:

Too much violence
Educational value
age 11+


its a really enjoyable book...very sentimental at times....i reccmmend it highly!!!

Book Details

  • Author: Lenore Look
  • Illustrator: LeUyen Pham
  • Genre: Humor
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
  • Publication date: July 1, 2008
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 6 - 10
  • Number of pages: 172
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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