Review: Ghost Buddy #1 (Zero To Hero)

English: Henry Winkler at a ceremony for Adam ...
English: Henry Winkler at a ceremony for Adam Sandler to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Annika Dawson from, contacted me in regards to reviewing Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver's Ghost Buddy Series. You can catch the second book in the series that I reviewed, here. I absolutely loved it, rating it 5 stars. But I must say, Zero To Hero (Ghost Buddy #1) fell a little short with me. It was good but not great. Let's talk about it.

Book Description

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.

About The Author

HENRY WINKLER is admired by audiences of all ages for his roles as the Fonz on the long-running series, Happy Days, and in such films as Holes and The Waterboy. He is also an award-winning producer and director of family and children's programming, and the author (with Lin Oliver) of the critically-acclaimed HANK ZIPZER series. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

LIN OLIVER is a television producer and writer, and the Executive Director of the Society of Children's Writers & Illustrators. She co-authored (with Henry Winkler) the New York Times bestselling middle-grade series, HANK ZIPZER: THE WORLD'S GREATEST UNDERACHIEVER and wrote the series WHO SHRUNK DANIEL FUNK? Lin resides in Los Angeles, California.

My Review

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 unfolding too slowly and a bit boring. At other times, the layers of the story are confusing, not connecting. Being the first book of the series it just started out a little slow for me. When you get to book #2 in the series, Winkler finishes  with a bang. I loved it. With this one, I liked it. **** stars.

Ghost Buddy #1: Zero to Hero

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis
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