Sunday, January 15, 2012

Jackie's Giving This New Series A Big Thumbs Up!

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.

Jackie says:
"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" because he hasn't been very good at helping people (a MUST for moving up).  At first it seems like a terrible thing to be roomies with a ghost, but it does seem that 'The Hoove' could help him gain some confidence (including some 'Fonzieish' type social coaching), and maybe get even with the next door bully who has made his life miserable since his toe first hit the ground at the new house.  This story moves along nicely, has plenty of humor and even a good lesson or two thrown in.  I don't see any reason why this series won't be just as successful as their first."


Aline Alexander Newman said...

This sounds like a fun read. I admire both authors so much--Lin for cofounding the SCBWI and Henry for playing the Fonz on TV and for overcoming a reading disability in his own life.

Kelly Robinson said...

Henry Winkler has such a great sense of humor. I'm glad to see him continuing in the youth fiction world.