Do you think you’d want a ghost for a friend? Not an imaginary friend, but an actual once-was-alive-and-is-now-a-ghost friend. Billy Broccoli didn’t have a choice in the matter when his family moved into a new house. Hoover Porterhouse, the ghost who has inhabited Billy’s house, is that friend. Readers get to see this friendship up close and personal in the “Ghost Buddy” series by Lin Oliver and Henry Winkler.
The Hoove gives Billy advice on how to talk to girls, look cool, and even how to win the school’s Speak Out Competition in Book #2, “Mind if I Read Your Mind?” Before The Hoove, Billy couldn’t handle speaking in front of others, much less a whole competition on it. In fact, when the class is broken into groups to brainstorm special talents, Billy comes up with nothing. Zero. Zilch. Nada.
His other ideas are worse than nothing, though. Do you think pacing from one end of the classroom to another will give you blisters? And would you want to do that in front of your class? How about flossing your teeth? Or reciting the alphabet backwards? UGH!
The Hoove gets frustrated by Billy Broccoli’s determination to do something even when it seems like a bad idea. So, guess who gives the ghost a pep talk? I don’t want to give it away, but he’s an all-time great. When this all-time great chats with the Hoove, he reminds him to stick with his guy. It’s his team, after all.
Hoove takes the advice and tries again with Broccoli, this time hitting upon an ace idea. When Billy stands up at the front of the class the next day, he takes a big breath and begins his practiced speech on mind reading. With the Hoove’s help, he asks a question and reads the minds of his fellow classmates! Everyone is blown away.
This, of course, makes Billy super popular, and when Billy is spending time with classmates and teammates, he doesn’t have as much time to spend with The Hoove. Guess who gets jealous and refuses to help with the mind reading on the day of the big demonstration? Yes, even ghosts get jealous.
How they work this out and work out their friendship woes is worth the read of “Ghost Buddy: Mind if I Read Your Mind?” by Lin Oliver and Henry Winkler.
Some spooky, fun activities that you can also do come from the publisher's site, Scholastic.