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Zero to Hero (Ghost Buddy #1)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  278 ratings  ·  74 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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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
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
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
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Ms. B
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jennifer Rayment
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
Steven R. McEvoy
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
Amanda Harris
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!
Maria H.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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This is the first book in a series. Billy learns to find more confidence through the help of a ghost buddy living in their new house. It isn't the most amazing story but I could see it appealing to kids, especially boys. It isn't a hard read but chapters are a little longer than I would hope for this kind of book.
Christine Lee
It was not really interesting book as I thought but I guess it was okay. Billy is a human and Hoover is a ghost. They don't get along at first time but as time goes and Billy has hard time at school Hoover helps him to get through it.
Delaney Mchenry
This book was super funny and it cracked me up. I just love reading books that make me laugh and that make me feel like I am in the book I am so glad that I read this book and I am on a mission to read the next one
Library Lady Terri
Good start to a new series. Used this with my book discussion group for 7 and 8 year olds and they caught on to the bullying story line and that the first solution of embarrassing the bully was not the correct solution.
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
Bonnie McHenry
Cute story about a blended family, a ghost who needs to improve his ghostly report card, the assignment he is given, the trials and tribulations of Billy Broccoli and life lessons all rolled into one! Definitely relatable to 6 graders...using their lingo and funny conversations between Billy and the Hoove. Enjoyed reading this with my soon to be 6 grade daughter!
Pam lansberry
This is the first book in a new series. It is not bad. I hope it improves as the characters develop. Not a big fan of the ending.
Good start to a series. Strong child voice.
I enjoyed reading this book. I led a discussion of this book with my 4th grade Chat and Chew students. We ate oranges as we discussed our favorite parts and and what we thought of each of the characters. Both boys and girls enjoyed this book.
Andrea Lewis
Great audio to enjoy your child
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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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