Zero to Hero (Ghost Buddy Series #1)

Zero to Hero (Ghost Buddy Series #1)

by Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver

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

FORMAT: unabridged audio on 3 CDs

Billy Broccoli is a boy with questions: about his new school, his new step-family...his whole new life, in fact.

Hoover Porterhouse is a ghost with all the answers.

When a trick of fate makes them roommates, Billy discovers that having a ghost around might not be so bad after all. The Hoove is funny and cool, a great baseball player, and is a real people person (even if Billy is the only one who can see him). And with obnoxious school bullies out to demolish him, Billy can use all of the advice he can get. With Hoover by his side, Billy just might get in style, get even, and conquer the school.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545434744
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2012
Series: Ghost Buddy Series , #1
Edition description: Library Edition
Product dimensions: 0.90(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.10(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) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
shabacus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver present a story on the theme of bullying, of finding a balance between being yourself and being "cool," and making your way in a new school and finding new friends.The protagonist, Billy Broccoli, is aided in this endeavor by the titular ghost buddy, Hoover Porterhouse. While Billy tries to fit in, Hoover finds himself forced to help Billy, or risk being trapped in his haunting grounds for all eternity.The story is uncomplicated, but shines thanks to the language, which is witty and clever in all the right places. The themes won't present much of a challenge to young readers, but they may see themselves reflected in Billy's awkwardness, and take some comfort in watching him deal with his issues.The circumstances of Billy's victory over the bully Rod may be contrived, but his decision is not--to stand up to a bully, yet refuse to bully him back. It's only one example of a book that does choose to find the middle ground between extremes.
SueDLeatherman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Billy Broccoli is determined that moving to a new neighborhood and a new school is the wrong thing to do, especially when the school bully lives next door! Just when he thinks nothing can be worse, Billy discovers a teenage ghost with a whole lot of attitude living in his bedroom closet! Billy Broccoli definitely doesn¿t want his own personal ghost! When Rod, the obnoxious school bully, zeros in on Billy as his next target at school, ¿The Hoove ¿ and Billy must work together and come up with a plan to get even.I enjoyed reading Ghost Buddy. It¿s a fast pass story with funny twists and turns and even an unexpected outcome. This is the first book in a new series for Winkler and Oliver so we can expect more adventures and complications that make life interesting for the friendship of Billy Broccoli and his buddy ¿The Hoove.¿
mountie9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jake's Review: This book is a little too boring and I think its for younger kids than me. I also don't like books with Ghost's in them (mom's note: um Jake you have 10 goosebumps books). Ok mom I just don't want to read this book. Do I have to read it?Jake's Rating: 4/10Mom's Review: The Fonz co-wrote this -- I know I am a nerd, but I think that is pretty cool. I agree with Jake it is definitely more suited for a younger audience (he is 10). So I didn't make Jake finish the book since there is nothing worse than being forced to read something you don't like (Hello Canadian public schools 12 year old kids HATE Margaret Laurence's The Stone Angel -- it is dull and depressing). I thought it was a funny story that was fast paced and not at all boring. Good moral lessons thrown in, without being too obvious. Billy is a likeable kid that most middle grade boys can relate to. These books will definitely be in high use at most school and public libraries. I even laughed out loud a couple of times!Mom's Rating: 8/10
JackieBlem on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver have had a smashing success with their Hank Zipper series (17 books!), but now they are trying out a new series called Ghost Buddy. It stars Billy Broccoli, eleven gong on twelve, about to start junior high, and moving into a big new house with his mother and his new step-dad and step-sister who is a year older than him. And to top it all off, his new bedroom is haunted! By the 14 year old spirit of Hoover Porterhouse, a student ghost who has failed to "move up" because he hasn't been very good at helping people (a MUST for moving up). At first it seems like a terrible thing to be roomies with a ghost, but it does seem that "The Hoove" could help him gain some confidence (including some "Fonzieish" type social coaching), and maybe get even with the next door bully who has made his life miserable since his toe first hit the ground at the new house. This story moves along nicely, has plenty of humor and even a good lesson or two thrown in. I don't see any reason why this series won't be just as successful as their first.
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.