ALVIN HO IS an Asian American second grader who is afraid of everything ---elevators, tunnels, girls, and, most of all, school. He's so afraid of school that, while he's there, he never, ever, says a word. But at home he's a very loud superhero named Firecracker Man, a brother to Calvin and Anibelly, and a gentleman-in-training, so he can be just like his dad. From the author of the ALA Notable Ruby Lu series comes a funny and touching chapter book---perfect for both beginning and reluctant readers--- that introduces a truly unforgettable character. From the Hardcover edition.