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Zero to Hero (Ghost Buddy #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  368 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
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 gho
ebook, 176 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Scholastic Press
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Ambs ❤❤
Short enough to finish quickly, but I wasn't enthralled. I liked Henry Winkler's "note" at the end. Inspiring.
Apr 19, 2012 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scholastic sent me a copy of this book because I'm speaking with Henry Winkler at their International Reading Association Scholastic Book Clubs breakfast, and I always like to read other writers' books before we work together. GHOST BUDDY: ZERO TO HERO is the first in a new series from Winkler and SCBWI's Lin Oliver, who also co-authored the Hank Zipper series. The premise? A kid moves to a new house and discovers a smooth-talking, baseball-loving, hundred-year-old ghost living in his closet. Th ...more
Kirsty (overflowing library)
I must admit this is not the sort of book I normally read as it is aimed at a much younger audience than the books I read however I must say I really enjoyed it.

I picked this up recently because I had the opportunity to meet the author at an event with my local book group. For those of you who haven't made the connection this book is written by Henry Winkler who is more better known as the actor who played the Fonz in Happy Days. He is dyslexic and co writes this series to raise awareness of dy
Aug 08, 2013 Georgene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Billy Broccoli is moving into a new house now that his mother has just married Dr. Bennett Fielding. Billy is not happy about moving, and he doesn't want to get out of the car. Unfortunately while sitting in the car, Billy meets Rod Brownstone, the neighborhood bully. Soon after, Billy discovers his new room is pink and purple and it even comes with a resident ghost, Hoover Porterhouse the Third. Apparently, Billy needs help from Hoover to stand up to Rod the bully, be cool in school and catch t ...more
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Ian Wood
Nov 18, 2015 Ian Wood rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
Zero to Hero is the 1st in the new Ghost Buddy series by Henry Winkler, the author of the Hank Zipzer series. There are two main characters: (1) 11-year-old Billy Broccoli who has just moved to a new home in a different school district where he will be attending a new middle school--the one at which his newly re-married mother is principal; and (2) Hoover Porterhouse, a 14-year-old ghost who died 99 years ago and lives in the room Billy has inherited in the new house.

The initial friction between
Apr 22, 2012 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In years past, I have had reluctant boy readers read Henry Winkler's other books. I have only read parts of them, because generally, humorous books don't keep my attention, but the books have been good for those boys that enjoy humor and they are able to relate to the main character's feelings. I read a review for this new series he is writing with Lin Oliver and I thought of a few boys in my class that might like it. I bought the book and read it. I enjoyed the book. It is an easy to read story ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
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 an ...more
Steven R. McEvoy
Jul 28, 2012 Steven R. McEvoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
I must admit I am a big fan of this writing team. When I found out they had launched a new series with Scholastic I was overjoyed. But once I found out more about the new series I was a little nervous. A story about a ghost roommate could go either way. I should not have been worried. If the rest of the series is as good as this book, we are in for some amazing reads.

In this first book we are introduced to Billy Broccoli and Hoover Porterhouse. Billy has moved because his mother has remained. Bi
Mar 27, 2013 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Billy Broccoli's mom remarried and now they are moving into a new neighborhood. All Billy wants to do is get onto the baseball team and make some new friends. When one night, Billy's clothes begin to float in the closet and now he is sharing his room with a ninety-nine year old child ghost named Hoover "Hoove" Porterhouse. Hoove has taken Billy on as his pet project because until he can impress the "higher ups" by getting passing marks on haunting, invisibility and especially on helping others, ...more
Jennifer Rayment
Mar 12, 2012 Jennifer Rayment rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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: 4/10

Mom'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 n
Sep 12, 2016 Austin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-grade-list
This book is so good I almost read it one more time.
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" beca ...more
Nov 07, 2012 Gabriel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Billy Broccoli just moved into a new neighborhood and he didn't like moving and he doesn't like his new room. It was pink with unicorns jumping over rainbows on the wallpaper. When he was sleeping one night his baseball jersey jumped out of the closet and started talking to him. Then it started whistling 'I've Been Working on the Railroad'. A boy appeared. He had a page boy cap on backwards, suspenders, and a gray, long sleeved shirt early 1900's style. The only problem was Billy could see right ...more
Sep 14, 2012 Brett rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fantasy
Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver have joined together to create another series, "Ghost Buddy," about a Los Angeles middle schooler named Billy Broccoli, who discovers that the old house his family has just moved into already has a tenant - a ninety-nine year-old ghost named Hoover Porterhouse, called "The Hoove," who is right about Billy's own age - & determined to show Billy a thing or two about how to improve his rather ho-hum life. In this first book, Billy's new school turns out to contain ...more
Sue Leatherman
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 p
Dharia Scarab

My love of reading started when i was young, and it gives me immense pleasure to provide books to Spread the Word Nevada, an organization that passes them on to children in the community. They are a terrific organization supporting an important cause. If your local I encourage you to check them out. For those living further a field, look in your own community, their may already be a similar program in place. And if not, you can always help start one.

Myself, I go ou
Sep 17, 2012 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Right away I was impressed with the main character of the story, Billy Broccoli. A sensitive lad who wants to play ball on the baseball team and connect with sincere, popular friends in a new school. His challenge in Middle School is learning to deal with a bully successfully. I like how the authors address some very important issues that our youth face today. I especially love the ending on how Billy goes about getting back at the bully the right way. Sometimes I found the pace of the story unf ...more
Kevin Fanning
Dec 04, 2012 Kevin Fanning rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Kinnell picked this up at the Scholastic book fair and we read it together. It's not that fun? For a short, MG book, the plot doesn't move along quickly enough, and lingers in weird, unnecessary places. The mc is not unlikeable, but also not super likeable. His personality and motivations are hard to get a hold of. At first I thought he sounded like a zippy devil-may-care younger brother outsider, but then a few chapters later he was a uncool-loser-and-doesn't-realize it outsider? Why does he ha ...more
Kaitlynn Meurrens
This is a story about an 11-year-old named Billy Broccoli who moves to a new house with his mom and new stepdad. He has to start at a new school and make new friends however he encounters a bully that proves to make things difficult for him. In an interesting twist, his new room comes with a ghost and they develop a friendship. This story would appeal to readers who enjoy fiction, humor/ fantasy. I would recommend this to ages 9 and older. In my upper elementary classroom I would use this to tie ...more
Alex Keys
Oct 26, 2016 Alex Keys rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why I'm here is because this book was so amazing. Billy Broccoli is a guy who moved in with his now family and there is a ghost in his bedroom. Now, Billy has to cope with him throughout his stay. Will he survive? My favorite part is when Billy finally figures out that Hoover has a scent of Orange Juice. It cracked me up! My least favorite part is how Billy acts to him sometimes. I would change by maybe adding some more friendship in there. Why isn't there more books in this series? I want to re ...more
Ms. B
Sep 06, 2014 Ms. B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, series, 2014
In the first book of this new series, Ghost Buddy; we learn that twelve-year-old Billy Broccoli is a dork. When his mother remarries, they move to a home that is haunted by a ninety-nine year old ghost, Hoover Porterhouse aka The Hoove. The Hoove is about to be banished for eternity if he doesn't become a more responsible ghost. The Hoove pairs up with Billy to help him fit in at his new school and get revenge on the neighborhood bully.
For those like stories with funny ghosts (Mostly Ghostly by
Amanda Harris
Mar 18, 2014 Amanda Harris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever been bullied? What if you had a ghost buddy that could seek revenge on that bully and really give them a taste of their own medicine? Would you do it?

Billy Broccoli and his family (blended family) have just moved into a new house and he is now going to be attending a new school. Fitting in is not the easiest thing for Billy, however, things start to get a lot more exciting for Billy when he meets his new roommate-Hoover Porterhouse. a funny teen ghost with some major swagger!
Dominic Onate
May 17, 2015 Dominic Onate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ghost Buddy Zero To Hero

The writing of this book is suspenseful because there are some parts in the book where you want to know what's going to happen next. The strengths of this book are that it is easy to read. There are no weaknesses in the book. I would recommend this book to a classmate because it talks about ghosts. I would also reccomend this book to a classmate because it's not that many pages and it gives 4pts. The reason why I would recommend this book to a classmate is because it is f
Lynne Speelman
Jan 04, 2016 Lynne Speelman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the first book in the series, Ghost Buddy: Zero To Hero, you are introduced to Billy Broccoli, who has a new stepfather and stepsister, a new home, and a new roommate — who just happens to be a ghost named Hoover Porterhouse The Third who has been haunting the house for nearly 100 years. But the ghostly higher-ups are not pleased with his actions and they want Hoover to prove himself by helping Billy succeed at his new school. But can Hoover do it? Read this amazing book series and find out.
Apr 03, 2012 StorySnoops rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zero to Hero is the first book in the fun new Ghost Buddy series by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver, the author team who wrote the Hank Zipzer series. Billy Broccoli is an insecure, slightly socially-awkward sixth grader, who could really use the guidance of the "cool" ghost Hoover Porterhouse (aka "Hoove"). In this first book, Billy is being bullied at school by his neighbor. Hoove and Billy cook up a revenge plan to...(see full review here:
May 06, 2014 Andria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-kids
There is a solid audience for this series but it is not as good in comparison to the hank zipper series. It is funny but not really truly original in its funniness. The ghost is a nice twist but again not too original. It all seems a bit staged to be anything other than just a funny series of those who like funny but not a serious story line, something where you could really feel for the characters.
Brooke Bumgardner (Brooke Blogs)
I received this book (and #2 in the series) in order to review the second book for a site to do a giveaway. The book was an easy read and really cute. Billy Broccoli discovers a ghost boy living in his house, and the books chronicle their friendship. The book does a nice job of showing true friendship, as well as not seeking revenge on others. I read the books with my 10 year old daughter, and she enjoyed them as well.
Maria H.
Sep 16, 2014 Maria H. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like 3.5-3.75. Much better than I was expecting. to be honest, I can't give this a 'fair' rating because it's a little young for me, but honestly, this reminded me of goosebumps so much, which I used to love. It had just a fun feeling to it, which I enjoyed so much. If I was in 4th grade, It would have been a 5-star book, honestly. I don't think I will continue with this series, but if I ever see the second book browsing the bookstore, I definitely will give it a chance.
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Henry Winkler is instantly recognizable and admired by audiences of all ages for his role as the Fonz on the long-running series, Happy Days. In addition, he is an award-winning producer and director of family and children's programming. He is also the author of the critically-acclaimed Hank Zipzer series, which follows the everyday adventures of a bright boy with learning challenges.

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