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Author:  Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (July 1, 2012)
Source: Copy for Review
Audience:  Ages 8 and up

Description from the publisher:
It’s time for Moorepark Middle School’s annual Speak Out Challenge, and Billy Broccoli thinks he’s got it made. With his best friend Hoover Porterhouse—the ghost with the most—by his side, Billy’s got the competition in the bag. Who wouldn’t vote for a demonstration on mind reading?

But when Billy lands a spot on the sixth grade team, he starts spending more time with his new teammates than he does with Hoover. And the Hoove plays second fiddle to no one! If Billy’s not careful, his secret weapon might just vanish into thin air, leaving Billy to pick up the pieces of a demonstration day disaster!

Book Thoughts:

The writing team of Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver (Hank Zipzer Books) have teamed up again to create a great new series. What do you get when you pair a super cool confident ghost with a socially awkward boy? You get an unlikely friendship and the premise for Ghost Buddy. This series is filled with fun dialogue, interesting situations and valuable lessons that are inserted so masterfully that they don’t hit you over the head but slip in and sit beside you as you are reading.

This book would be a great addition to a classroom or school library. This story would also be a great read-aloud in a classroom setting. Classroom topics that could be discussed from reading this book include:  the importance on not giving up, the value of friendships, blended families, bullies, peer pressure, honesty and facing up to situations even when they are difficult. There is even a little mention of the importance of dental floss!

Ghost Buddy 2 is a  thoroughly enjoyable read with fun and inviting characters any child would enjoy.

Happy Reading,
Suzanne Santillan
Writing on the Sidewalk

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On Saturday our local SCBWI chapter had a very special guest speaker, Lin Oliver, co-founder of SCBWI. Lin took time from her very busy schedule to share with our members some writing tips she has gleaned from her 40 plus years of working with the best children’s authors of our time.

In addition to co-founding SCBWI, Lin is also a children’s book author and writer-producer of family films, television series and movies for children.  Her New York Times best-selling book series HANK ZIPZER, co-authored by Henry Winkler, has sold over three million copies.

Here is a book trailer for Lin’s newest series with Henry Winkler.

Lin was witty and charming as she described her experience as a writer and shared her “12 Things for Writing for Children.” Here are a few of the tips that Lin shared with us:

From author Bruce Coville: “Follow your wierdness.”

 Use your creativity, kids will love it.

From author Richard Peck: “Be emotional, but not sentimental. Just because it happened to you, doesn’t make it interesting.”

Use the emotions from previous experiences to add richness to your writing, not necessarily the situations.

From author Jane Yolen: “It’s not a children’s book if a child doesn’t solve the story problem.”

If the adult solves the problem, write adult fiction.

From author Sid Fleischman: “In writing, nothing is wasted, but the paper.”

Don’t be afraid to cut. That scene may be used in another story or set up an even better idea.

It was an inspirational afternoon and I was very happy I attended. Now I’m going to go and follow my weirdness.

Happy Writing,

Suzanne Santillan

Writing on the Sidewalk.

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