Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret (Heidi Heckelbeck Series #1)

Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret (Heidi Heckelbeck Series #1)

by Wanda Coven, Priscilla Burris


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Introducing Heidi Heckelbeck—a brand-new young chapter-book series with witchy whimsy!

Now readers between the ages of five and seven can read chapter books tailor-made for a younger level of reading comprehension. Heavily illustrated with large type, Little Simon's young chapter books let young readers feel like they are reading a “grown-up” format with subject, text, and illustrations geared specifically for their own age groups!

Heidi Heckelbeck seems like any other eight-year-old, but she has a secret: She’s a witch in disguise. Careful to keep her powers hidden (but excited to use them all the same), Heidi’s learning to live like any other kid—who just happens to be witch. And with easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

Heidi and her brother Henry have always been homeschooled—until now. But Heidi is not happy about attending Brewster Elementary, especially not when meanie Melanie Maplethorpe turns Heidi’s first day of school into a nightmare by announcing that Heidi is smelly and ruining her art project. Heidi feels horrible and never wants to go back to school—but while sulking in her room at home, she remembers her special medallion and Book of Spells. With a little bit of carefully concealed magic, Heidi might be able to give Melanie a taste of her own medicine….

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442435650
Publisher: Little Simon
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Series: Heidi Heckelbeck Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 118
Sales rank: 41,079
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 580L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Wanda Coven has always loved magic. When she was little, she used to make secret potions from smooshed shells and acorns. Then she would pretend to transport herself and her friends to enchanted places. Now she visits other worlds through writing. Wanda lives with her husband and son in San Jose, California. They have three cats: Hilda, Agnes, and Claw-dia.

Priscilla Burris has illustrated numerous books for children, parents, and teachers. She enjoys cake painting and creating art for products that include murals, greeting cards, and rubber stamps. Priscilla lives with her family in Southern California.

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Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret

  • Heidi Heckelbeck woke up in the Kingdom of Gloom.

    Grouchy Land.

    Grumpsville, USA.

    Heidi felt like the princess of Crankypants. Because not only was it the first day of school—it was her first day of school EVER.

    Heidi had never been to school before. She had always had school at home with her five-year-old brother, Henry. Mom had been their teacher. But starting today Heidi Heckelbeck would be a brand-new second grader at Brewster Elementary.

    Mom popped her head into Heidi’s room. “Time to get up!” she sang.

    “Merg!” growled Heidi.

    She flumped her pillow on top of her face. A million questions swirled in her head. What if the teacher was mean? What if she couldn’t find her way to the bathroom? What if she sat next to a boy who picked his nose?

    Heidi dragged herself out of bed and got dressed. She put on her black jean skirt with her kitty cat top. Then she wiggled into her black-and-white- striped tights and black sneakers. Not even her favorite outfit made her feel cheery. She plodded downstairs.

    Mom placed a happy-face pancake in front of Heidi. It had blueberry eyes, a mouth of raspberries, and sausage eyebrows.

    Heidi stuck out her tongue at her pancake.

    “It’s still smiling,” said Henry.

    Heidi used her fork to move the food around.

    “Not anymore,” said Heidi.

    “Mom!” yelled Henry. “Heidi made a mad-face pancake!”

    Heidi rolled her eyes.

    “You know what?” said Henry as he dipped a sausage in syrup. “You should wear pink. Pink looks friendly.”

    “Pretty in pink!” added Mom with a wink.

    “Wait, what’s wrong with the way I look?” said Heidi.

    “Uh . . . nothing, really,” said Henry. “It’s just that your outfit kind of looks like a Halloween costume. What if you spook the other kids on your first day of school?”

    “Har-dee-har-har,” said Heidi. But Henry’s comment kind of bugged her.

    Heidi’s dad walked into the kitchen as he fixed his tie.

    “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay!” he sang. He stopped when he saw Heidi’s unhappy face. She was not in a Disneyland mood.

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    Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book is very real and i even thought it was real. But totally worth the money! I love it so much i even got the real book itself. And on the nook, best of all!! Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh and it is a very fun book to read.
    sszkutak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Background: Heidi Heckelbeck is going to school for the first time, before her mother had homeschooled her. She is very upset about the whole idea. Heidi Heckelbeck has a Secret chronicles her first day of school and the interested and annoying people she meets while there¿and then we learn her secret.Review: This was a great read; young girls will love to read this. Heidi is cute and moody but she is a normal girl trying to fit in and her younger brother is encouraging and honest. The illustrations are nicely drawn, very entertaining and go along with the story well; and the writing is easy to follow and spaced nicely for beginning readers. Her secret at the end is wonderful and will keep young people wanting more.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I love this book i'm gowing to take a ar test on it and take the nook to school and i'm 7yers old
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This is one of favorite books this is my favorite sereise of all time everyone should read this book or any of the other books from the sereise!!! :)
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Love it it's so good I finished it in 1 day
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Its just a copyright
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I love the books so I hope you bo
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    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Perfict!!You know! Did you know,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37,to be contendud
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Best book ever
    book4children More than 1 year ago
    It's funny how reading the right book to a child can make them come alive. I had started reading a middle grade novel to my children before bedtime each night. While the book was fantastic, it was far over my five year old's head. After a few nights of that, I switched over to reading Heidi Hecklebeck Has a Secret to my kids. Instantly, both of my children became engrossed in the story as they laughed and worried along with Heidi. The simplified writing, illustrations, and relatable plot all made it an enriching experience. My kids could understand and enjoy the story. Each night they would ask for more of Heidi Hecklebeck. As far as the writing and characters go, they were all what you would expect from an early chapter book. The end of the book hints at something larger that might happen as the series continues. You'd better believe that my girls are asking for the next book in the series! Illustrations - black and white illustrations on almost every page. Very cute and age appropriate. Content: clean
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This is a great series. My 8 year old daughter doesnt usually like to read but she is already on book 4 and plans to keep going. I highly recommend it. Would be great for 2nd to 3rd grade. Maybe an excelling first grader. She can read it easily and hasnt needed any word help at all.
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    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Hedi Hecklebeck Has a Secret ------------------------------------------------------------------------ This is a great book with a great way to express who the characters are and what their feelings are about what is happening in the book and I think that is a great way to write a book! If you didn't see on a scale from one to five I'll give this book a four because some times flipping the pages is slow and the pictures don't show up all the way. Next book Frozen ( Chapter book if you didn't know )
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Its worth the money & THERE IS NO AGE LEVEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    It was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!the book was AWSOME!!!! Bella123.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I have daughters around the same age as the character in the story, I thought this book had a cute cover and illustrations.  When reading the book, I am disappointed in the message this sends to young girls.  The way the character handled situations with classmates and siblings does not send the right message to impressionable readers.  After reading this book with my daughter, we had to discuss better solutions that Heidi could have come up with.  Disappointing.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Thisbook is geart
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    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I haven't read this book yet but i was wondering what is the age level for this book
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Today im tired of fighting and getting hurt.like your books wanda