Zero to Hero (Ghost Buddy Series #1)

Zero to Hero (Ghost Buddy Series #1)

by Henry Winkler
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Zero to Hero (Ghost Buddy Series #1) by Henry Winkler

A hilarious new series from Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver, authors of the bestselling HANK ZIPZER books!

Billy Broccoli is new to the neighborhood, and wants cool friends and a spot on the baseball team more than anything. But the one thing he never wanted is his own personal ghost. So imagine his surprise when he ends up sharing a room with Hoover Porterhouse, a funny ghost with a whole lot of attitude.

When an obnoxious school bully sets out to demolish Billy, the Hoove comes up with a plan for revenge. It’s all in the Hoove’s Rule Number Forty-Two: Stay cool. And like it or not, Billy and the Hoove have to stick together if Billy ever wants to get in style, get even, and conquer the school.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545298827
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2012
Series: Ghost Buddy Series , #1
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 234,101
Product dimensions: 5.32(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

HENRY WINKLER is admired by audiences of all ages for his roles as the Fonz on the long-running series, Happy Days, and in such films as Holes and The Waterboy. He is also an award-winning producer and director of family and children's programming, and the author (with Lin Oliver) of the critically-acclaimed Hank Zipzer series. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Lin Oliver is a television producer and writer and the Executive Director of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She coauthored (with Henry Winkler) the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling middle-grade series HANK ZIPZER: THE WORLD'S GREATEST UNDERACHIEVER, and wrote the series WHO SHRUNK DANIEL FUNK? Lin resides in Los Angeles, California.

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Zero to Hero (The Ghost with the Most Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
IanWood More than 1 year ago
Billy Broccoli has moved to a new home with his mom, which they're sharing with her new husband and his daughter. No word on what happened to his original dad. Billy is facing a new school and is missing his old friends (although why he can't visit them isn't explained), but he's not expecting that his new home is haunted by a ghost named Hoover. I know this novel, the first in a series, is not aimed at my age group, but I found it to be far too black and white and simplistic to be even mildly entertaining, and Henry Winkler's reading of it left something to be desired. Maybe younger kids will like this because it seemed to me that it was pitched too low for middle grade. Cliche abounded and it was boring and predictable. Things were too disastrous to begin with, the pain-in-the-patoot neighbor kid was a ridiculous caricature (I can't imagine any cops even responding to a kid who calls them and reports a car being parked one inch over the no parking area, much less the cops having the car towed for that). Billy does show some maturity in how he handles his revenge on this neighbor, but there was too much bullying and threats. It's stories like these which put a young kid's foot onto that dreary road to reality TV, sports is everything, and frat parties. if that's what you want for your kids, then have at it. I'd prefer something which has the guts to take the road less traveled instead of the lowest common denominator. I'd like to see some moral ambiguity, some gray areas, and some thought-provoking options which seem to me to be more age appropriate for the audience this book is aimed at. An approach like that that would have made for a much better story and a better educational experience for kids. It's not like Winkler (or Oliver for that matter) is an unknown who doesn't have the mojo to ease a series like that through a publisher's door. Why would he need to take the easy way out as though he's some unknown children's book writing wannabe? For that matter, was the publisher so star-struck that they didn't want to look too closely at this? Whatever. I can't recommend this one. Winkler is dyslexic and I think he could have turned out better work than this on that and other such topics. This review first appeared on Ian Wood's Noivellum
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I love it so much!!! I can't wait for the next one to come out!!!!!
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This is a very good book l love this book is for3-5
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Im not sure if i should buy this book before #2...i already own i need to read number obe for it to me sense or no??? SOMEONE TELL MEEEEE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have this book as a hardcover and I dont want it to be messed up. This book is awsome and funny! I love it and I hope lots of kids out there too! An I love all of thise kid that were in the sandyhook killing progress! Put pease in love. Put pease in love. Why does this happen?
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You sould read this book decause the authors wrote many other books.