The Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle
Charlie Han has got a problem. Make that two problems. Undersized for his age and coming from an ethnic background (in his case, Chinese) Charlie already has to put up with a certain amount of teasing, bullying, and ostracism. Add to that a helicopter mother who carries protecting him to lunatic proportions. But he makes a friend and learns he's got a talent that might give him a way out and a way up,... if only he can get around his mother.