From the Publisher
Praise for GHOST BUDDY #1: ZERO TO HERO:
"This title is chock-full of nuggets that will have the boys cheering...What's more, parents and educators will cheer when Billy stands up to Rod without resorting to bully tactics."
-- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"Readers will root for Billy to conquer his klutziness as well as the bully; his final feel-good triumph is satisfying."
-- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"The story will amuse young readers, reluctant readers, and high-interest, low reading ability older readers, particularly boys."
-- LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION
Children's Literature - Lorraine Donohue Bonzelet
Billy Broccoli and his live-in roommate, a ghost named Hoover Porterhouse the Third (Hoover), have their own challenges to tackle in the fourth book of the "Ghost Buddy" series. Billy's class is learning about the traditions of the Chumash Indians, including their dances. Billy is uncoordinated and embarrassed when partnered with a girl named Ruby to perform a traditional Native American dance. The neighborhood bully and classmate, Rod Brownstone, continues to spy on and taunt Billy. Meanwhile, Billy's well-meaning but irresponsible and egotistical ghost friend Hoover has encountered Anacapa, the ghost of a Chumash Indian Princess. Hoover desperately wants to become friends with her. Anacapa lives at the museum, and she has promised to help Billy with his dance moves. Hoover, who has been confined to a small area around Billy's house by the ghostly higher-ups, must find a way to convince them that he is responsible so he can visit the museum, befriend Anacapa, and see Billy's dance performance. This is a good book for parents to enjoy with their children. The book can be a casual read as Billy's clumsiness and Hoover's antics are sure to bring grins and giggles. However, the book is packed with subtle lessons about true friendship, honesty, admitting weaknesses and desires, and making promises that you cannot keep. It is also a great read for a classroom. Many facts are casually scattered throughout, like the traditions of the Chumash Indians, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and environmental concerns. Hoover's reaction to Rod's bullying is to give him a wedgie. Parents and teachers might take this opportunity to explain that although Hoover means well, and the wedgie invokes humor, it is not an appropriate counter-measure for bullying. Hoover's decision to care for the environment and endangered species finally breaks his confinement and brings him freedom. This can be used as a discussion starter about the various missions that kids can pursue and the fulfillment it might bring them. Reviewer: Lorraine Donohue Bonzelet