Cooper's plight as a new kid gives him more reason to run afoul of Brock and need a friend. For some reason, when children move to a new community, they often end up in houses that are haunted, so Korman puts a nice twist on this theme with having Cooper's phone be haunted instead!
Korman could really write just about anything and my students would read it. I am constantly amazed at the number of interesting ideas he can turn into stand alone titles. Not only does he work in a great story about a kid who moves and is almost invisible (think Shusterman's The Schwa Was Here), but he has school drama, a play AND a local villain who is trying to take over a town. The emoji cover is bright and appealing. Readers who are interested in Shakespeare and have read Broach's Shakespeare's Secret or Dionne's The total tragedy of a girl named Hamlet will find it interesting how The Bard is incorporated into modern life, and readers who enjoyed Rylander's Codename Zero or other conspiracy books will like the subplot with Mr. Wulfson.