I just read (in a couple of hours, if that) Lenore Look’s Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things. And I loved it. I know, I know, whether or not I loved it is not relevant, but I just wanted to point it out. It’s another "funny book" and it’s slight, a sort of moving up book, with illustrations interspersed (by LeUyen Pham). But it has such amazingly charming and well developed characters that are unique and fun. There is growth in the main character (Alvin Ho) throughout the book, and it is well-written.
Again I come back to the same challenge of how exactly to compare a book like Alvin Ho to something like Chains. The Newbery covers so many genres and such a wide age range, it is such a unique challenge to choose THE most distinguished book of any particular year. Even just in a Mock Newbery.
Did anyone else love Alvin Ho? Have thoughts about the book as a potential contender?