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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Ghost Buddy (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545298822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545298827
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Soon-to-be sixth-grader Billy Broccoli has a new family (his mother has recently remarried), a new school, and a new room, which unfortunately still bears the pink pony wallpaper of its previous occupant. It also comes with its own ghost, Hoover Porterhouse. “The Hoove” is everything that Billy is not: confident, mischievous, and gifted with fashion sense (well, for 99 years ago). The Hoove is also in danger of failing his ghost exams if he cannot pass Responsibility and Helping Others. Billy’s goals, on the other hand, are to avoid public humiliation and make some friends. Can the two boys, who are initially at odds, learn to cooperate and help each other reach their goals? Much like Billy and Hoover’s relationship, the series is a work in progress as it lays the groundwork for future installments. Billy and Hoover have a snappy repartee, although the Hoove sometimes sounds more modern than turn of the twentieth century. Billy is a likable protagonist whose trials and tribulations should resonate with middle-school boys. This odd couple shows promise. Grades 3-6. --Kara Dean --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Praise for Ghost Buddy Book One: Zero to Hero

"Readers will root for Billy to conquer his klutziness as well as the bully; his final feel-good triumph is satisfying." —Publishers Weekly

"This odd couple shows promise." —Booklist

"This title is chock-full of nuggets that will have boys cheering...What's more, parents and educators will cheer when Billy stands up to Rod without resorting to bullying tactics." —School Library Journal


More About the Author

Henry Winkler is an actor, producer and director. He is probably most famous for his role as the Fonz in the 1970s US television sitcom, Happy Days. But if you ask him what he is most proud of, he would say, "Writing the Hank Zipzer books with my partner, Lin Oliver." He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Stacey, their three children and two dogs.

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Not too scary and interesting enough to keep us interested in reading a new chapter every night.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Anne Harrison on January 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
My Traci is just turning 11 and she likes this book but actually told me "It's really for younger kids." That surprised me since it is sold as a "middle grade" book. I looked at it and agree that perhaps you should consider this in the range of 7 to 9 years of age.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Russett on January 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
Once again Henry Winkler hits a home run with a great story!! I have three nephews that have been waiting for this book to come out ever since they heard about the premise of the story. As the previous reviewer indicated, its possible an 11 year old might think its for younger kids. My nephews are 9, 7, and 6 and I know this is going to be right up their alley. But I've got to say, I enjoyed it myself!!! Can't wait for the next one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids Book Reviews on March 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Weitz on March 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver write funny books for kids.
Ghost Buddy is no exception.

Not only did we laugh as a family because there is humor for the adult read alongs too, but we had a lively discussion about bullying and taking care of each other as well.
Yes, these authors' books are funny, but there is always an underlying theme that makes our kids think.
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By Amazon Customer on December 14, 2013
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As advertised, came extremely fast. Good kid's book by a familiar name. When he finishes this one we will get the next one.
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Love it! It's the greatest ghost book for young readers! Takes a couple day s to read the WHOLE book but
It's real good! I am 7 years old.
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Format: Kindle Edition
My son enjoyed the book so much I had to get all of them. He is very picky about the books he reads. Both 8yr old and myself loved the book. Not scary-Pretty funny a lot of the times. He is going back and reading again by himself this time.
Great book to share-we took turns reading at bedtime to each other a few chapters as time allowed. We both can't wait for book 4 to be released.
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By Devilman on April 30, 2013
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I got this series of books for my daughter who was having trouble with her reading.She really liked these stories and was into them so much she read them all within about 3 days.I would recommend to any parent looking to get their kids interested in reading.
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