Thursday, March 1, 2012

Book Review: Zero To Hero, Ghost Buddy Series by Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver

By: Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver
Published by: Scholastic
Released on: January 1st, 2012
Source: book from publisher at ALA
Ages: 8 & up
4 stars: I Really Enjoyed It
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Series: Bk #1 in the Ghost Buddy Series

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 -quoted from Goodreads

Eleven year old Billy Broccoli not only had to move to a new house with his mom and new stepdad, he has to start a new school, make new friends and deal with new bully who also happens to be his next door neighbor. Luckily for Billy, his new room comes with it's own teenage ghost who's been stuck there for over one hundred years. Sounds cool right? Who wouldn't want to have a young friendly ghost for a friend. This ghost is named, "The Hoove", and he's out to help Billy over come mean bullies and find the confidence he needs to make this year the best yet.

Billy is one of those characters you can't help but love. He's klutzy, he's funny, nice and he's trying to figure out how to navigate through his current stage in life. The Hoove is an adventurous, fun loving, loyal ghost who will do all that he can to help Billy, especially when Rod, aka the Bully bullies Billy. Out to make Rod realize he's not this big macho he thinks he is, The Hoove does a little scary of his own with Rod and helps Billy stand up for himself. Zero to Hero is such an enjoyable, fast paced read with a great message in it for young readers. There's plenty of laugh out loud moments, fun twists, and moments that young readers will easily identify with. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

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