Heidi Heckelbeck Casts a Spell
Heidi Heckelbeck flipped open her Book of Spells. The book had been a gift from her grandmother, who was a witch. Heidi’s mother was also a witch, as well as her Aunt Trudy and, of course, Heidi. Heidi’s dad and little brother, Henry, were just regular people.
The book’s worn pages crinkled as she thumbed through them.
“Bingo!” Heidi said to herself.
She had found the spell:
Heidi had discovered it last night. Tucked inside the page was a piece of paper. Heidi unfolded it. It was a list of all the rotten things Melanie Maplethorpe had done to Heidi on her first day of school yesterday.
Mean Things Melanie Did to Me
1. She called me smelly.
2. She gave me five dirty looks for no reason!
3. She put a jack-o’-lantern face on my self-portrait.
4. She made me get cast as a scary apple tree in the class play.
“I’m going to teach Princess Smell-a-nie a lesson once and for all,” said Heidi.
In three weeks Heidi’s second-grade class would be performing The Wizard of Oz. Heidi planned to cast the spell on opening night.
Imagine how meanie Melanie will feel when she forgets all her lines, thought Heidi. She could hardly wait.
Heidi studied the list of ingredients she would need for the spell.
1 eye of a gingerbread man
1 black plastic spider
1 piece of straw
1 teaspoon of salt
2 sour gummy worms
1 puppy tooth
1 tablespoon of catnip
3 splashes of water
Wow, thought Heidi. Where am I going to find all this stuff? It would be a treasure hunt, that was for sure. She copied the ingredients onto a piece of paper and stuck it in her pocket. Then she read the directions carefully.
Mix ingredients together in a red sand pail. Close your eyes and place one hand over the pail. Hold your Witches of Westwick medallion in your other hand. Chant the following words:
I’d better get started, thought Heidi.