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Hank Zipzer

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The Hank Zipzer series for kids by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver follows the hilarious exploits of fourth grader Hank Zipzer. The series is based on actor Henry Winkler's childhood. The lead character has dyslexia just like Winkler. The series is mostly funny and shows how anyone can eventually work through difficulties and circumstances. In case you're wondering, yes, the author is the same Henry Winkler who is an actor and played The Fonz on Happy Days.

Plotline

At the start of the series Hank Zipzer is starting the fourth grade. He immediately finds himself in trouble and also gets an assignment to write five paragraphs about his summer vacation. Hank can't even begin to write five paragraphs, so instead he decides to show the class what he did on vacation. Things go very wrong for Hank and he ends up in detention. However, Hank doesn't give up and things eventually work out for him.

The rest of the series follow Hank through various funny misadventures as he progresses through school. In the 2010 book A Brand-New Me it's time for Hank to graduate fifth grade and move up to middle school. What will happen to Hank in middle school is sure to be hilarious.

Major Characters

Books in the Hank Zipzer series Suggested reading level: Ages 8-12

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