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Book Review: Ghost Buddy: Zero to Hero
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Ghost Buddy: Zero to Hero
Paperback | Kindle Edition
By Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
Scholastic
Release Date: January 1, 2012

Ghost Buddy is a very interesting story about a boy named Billy Broccoli who is going through a series of changes. His mom has recently remarried and now he has a stepfather and a stepsister. They all move to a new home and now Billy has to attend a new school where his mom is the Principal.

If that isn’t enough of an adjustment, Billy discovers that his new room is inhabited by the ghost of a young boy from the past named Hoover Porterhouse. Hoover Porterhouse, or “The Hoove,” as he prefers to be called, is a rambunctious ghost who is very confident and decides to help Billy be cool at his new school. Billy needs help because he is a nerdy kid who is very unpopular. Of course, Billy encounters a bully and Hoove also offers him assistance in overcoming his bully problem.

I really enjoyed this book and the character of Billy Broccoli. Billy’s a nerd, and he’s a little weird, but he is a very likable protagonist. As a lifelong nerd, I could relate to his character, especially the incidents with bullies. The Hoove is also a very cool character whose demeanor is an interesting contrast to Billy’s.

Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver have written a very fun, relatable, heartwarming tale. I think any child that has ever had to adjust to new experiences or that has ever been ridiculed can relate to this story. And if that’s not enough to entice you to buy this, remember that The Fonz co-wrote it!!! That means it has to be cool! (Ayyy!)

Ghost Buddy is actually the first in a series of books focusing on Billy Broccoli and Hoove, and I hope that Winkler and Oliver’s future installments continue to be as engaging and entertaining as this first volume.

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