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Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret [Kindle Edition]

Wanda Coven , Priscilla Burris
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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….

Editorial Reviews


Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret.
Coven, Wanda (Author) , Burris, Priscilla (Illustrator)
Mar 2012. 128 p. Simon & Schuster/Little Simon, hardcover, $14.99. (9781442440876). Simon &
Schuster/Little Simon, paperback, $4.99. (9781442435650).

Heidi has always been taught at home, and she is nervous and grumpy about starting second grade at
Brewster Elementary. And it’s a not-so-promising beginning when mean-queen Melanie puts Heidi on her
radar, taunting her, vandalizing her art project for Mr. Doodlebee, and suggesting she play a tree in the
class production of The Wizard of Oz (while Melanie is Dorothy, of course)—and all on the first day!
Even though Heidi meets a nice girl named Lucy, she feels she doesn’t fit in at school and wishes she
never had to return. But sudden inspiration leads her to conjure up a plan for payback and her secret is
revealed in the teaser ending. Geared towards new readers, this series opener features simple vocabulary,
large and well-spaced text, short chapters, and interspersed black-and-white cartoon-style drawings while
sympathetically depicting Heidi’s challenges, from dealing with bullies to finding friends. Assorted
characters—including Heidi’s supportive mom, soda pop–formula inventor dad, and peppy younger
brother—add lively touches, and the ending hints of more mischief to come.

--Booklist, February 15, 2012

COVEN, Wanda. Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret. Bk. 1. illus. by Priscilla Burris. 118p. (Heidi Heckelbeck Series). CIP. S & S/Little Simon. 2012. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-4087-6; pap. $4.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-3565-0; ebook $5.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-3566-7. LC 2011014304.
Gr 1-3–After being homeschooled, Heidi Heckelbeck is not happy about starting second grade at Brewster Elementary. Her bad attitude shines through hilariously in dialogue and details, such as a math problem she makes up: “Heidi + School = Yuck.” Quickly, mean Melanie and nice new friend Lucy emerge as Heidi makes her way through class, lunch in the cafeteria, and rehearsal for the school play. Much of the plot centers on Melanie’s nasty antics. Don’t worry; Heidi gets even, thanks to the fact that she is a witch and she consults her Book of Spells in the cliff-hanger ending. It’s this secret about her identity, and Heidi’s relatable personality, that will keep readers coming back for more. Large font, an engaging story, and frequent illustrations make this a good choice for new chapter-book readers.
SLJ, June 2012

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 and materials for children, parents, and teachers. She enjoys creating art for greeting cards, rubber stamps, murals, cake painting, and more! Priscilla lives with her family in Southern California.

Product Details

  • File Size: 11665 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Little Simon; 1 edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054KCH02
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,246 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new tale begins... January 27, 2012
By Nickels
First a quick word about me, skip this if you aren't interested. I am a father of two daughters, currently 7 and 5 years old. My family loves the Junie B Jones books(which we've read multiple times), we are also loving the Magic Treehouse series. I read a ton of other books to them, so I am pretty familiar with what is out there.

!!!NOTE w/Spoiler!!! DO NOT tell the kids beforehand that this book is about a witch! I read the synopsis and told my kids we are about to read a new series about a witch girl. Big mistake in hindsight, as it is pretty much the major surprise that doesn't occur until the very end of this book. I wish I had known that, as we were waiting for her to be a witch the whole time and it doesn't get mentioned until the last chapter. It would have made a nice surprise.

Also, Junie B books are all self-contained stories, as are the Magic Tree House books. You can read any book or start anywhere and they are wrapped up by the end. Not with Heidi Heckelbeck so far. The book is pretty much an introduction to the main characters, but the major plot is not resolved. So, this first book is only a partial story which continues into the next book, which we haven't read yet.

The main character is Heidi, a young girl who was home schooled up until now. She is starting second grade and now has to go to school to learn. Of course one of the first girls she meets is a meanie named Melanie (at least her name isn't May). She also meets another girl, Lucy, who is friendly with her, so she makes a friend and an enemy on day one. At the end of the day Heidi finds out she has to be in a Wizard of Oz play thanks to Melanie. Melanie is the lead role, and Heidi is stuck being an apple tree in the play that she'd rather NOT be in at all. What happens next...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Where's the Ending? May 23, 2014
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I purchased this book for my daughter who is 7. We like to read a few chapters from books each night at bed time. We've been reading the Amelia Bedelia series (which we love!), but I was looking to change things up a bit.

After purchasing it, I read it on my own. I wanted to see what it was like before reading it to my daughter. I'm glad I did. This isn't something she'd enjoy.

First, the writing is very basic. I know it is intended for newer readers, but the storyline itself is almost too simple. Basically Heidi gets up, goes to school, comes home and decides to cast a spell on a mean girl. That's it.

This brings me to my next point: where is the ending? It ends with her looking at her spell book and plotting to cast a spell. That's it. She doesn't actually cast the spell. We don't find out what happens. I feel like this was a rotten ploy to try and force readers to buy the second book in the series.

Finally, the book seemed to be all about revenge. That's not what I care to teach my daughter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great New Series! November 21, 2012
I didn't know much about this book before reading it except that it is the first in what is currently a series of 6 (this is the first in the serieswith books scheduled to be published throughout the year, with number 6 due to be released in December). This book was such a nice surprise. It's targeted for readers ages 5-7. While my 6 year old daughter could definitely read this book on her own I really wanted to read the story too, so we ended up reading it together. Often, I'd bring it out in the morning while we were waiting for the bus and read her a chapter or two. The print in this book is large and there are illustrations on almost every page. In this story, 8 year-old Heidi Heckelbeck, the main character starts school for the first time. There are story lines that kids can relate to - being new at school, making new friends, mean kids, etc. We don't find out Heidi's secret until the last chapter and it the story leaves you off wanting to read the next one in the series. We will definitely be checking the series out. It even has me interested in finding out what's going to happen!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great chapter book for 6-8 year old girls! October 11, 2013
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My little girl has had to keep a reading log for her Language Arts class since the first grade, but this year has been especially difficult since the requirement involves chapter books. We've been through "Stink", "Judy Moody", "Magic Tree House", etc... and none of them were able to capture her interest either by having way too long chapters or not enough illustrations for my early reader, so I ended up having to finish the reading of most of them to her, which beats the purpose of the log. Found this series through the amazon reviews and I can honestly say that not only they were right, but my little girl reads on her own, can't hardly wait for the next chapter, finishes the book on her own and demands for the next one... Thanks to all the responsible reviewers and to the amazing author, that wrote such a great transition series!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for second grade girls who can read well December 6, 2013
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I love this series for second grade girls who are capable readers but don't want to be overwhelmed by too little of font or the absence of pictures. The story lines in the Heckelbeck series are pretty good as far as second grade reading goes. It is nice to have a book without a lot of whining!
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My 6 year old daughter LOVES these books! We have the entire series and are now waiting (as patiently as a 6 year old can) for the next one to come out this May! As a parent and an educator myself I am pleased with these story lines. Wanda Coven did an amazing job at keeping these books age appropriate! I feel comfortable allowing my daughter to read these books without having to censor the characters behaviors.

My daughter also loves that she and Heidi have some things in common... both have H.H. as their initials and shorter hair. I think it is sweet to see this is her first exciting chapter book series! She lights up when she tells people about her favorite series! Thank you Wanda Coven... keep Heidi's adventures going for a long, long time... we are BIG fans!!!!! :)

*** My daughter is an advanced reader for a 6 year old, but these books would be great parent read books as well for a child of this age. The print in these books are bigger, pictures on every page. ***

Heidi Heckelbeck Casts a Spell
Heidi Heckelbeck and the Cookie Contest
Heidi Heckelbeck in Disguise
Heidi Heckelbeck Gets Glasses
Heidi Heckelbeck and the Secret Admirer
Heidi Heckelbeck Is Ready to Dance!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars No ending?!?!
This was a pretty good book until I discovered that there is no ending. What a dirty trick! Boo! I am disappointed.
Published 1 day ago by Kristi McGrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. I used this at work with my students. I would recommend it.
Published 13 days ago by F. Amato
5.0 out of 5 stars We have always enjoyed reading together but this is the first series...
My daughter read these books in the beginning of 2nd grade.... Devoured them. Most of the negative reviews are parents dissapionted at the depth of the story and the cliffhanger... Read more
Published 26 days ago by S Thorsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book my son is seven and really enjoyed this book.
My son is seven And he really enjoyed this book. Now he wants the series.
Published 2 months ago by Michele Dalessandro
5.0 out of 5 stars really liked this book!
This book was so amazing! And I read it in one sitting because I couldn't put it down! -Eme, age 6
Published 3 months ago by ~LT
3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment wrapped in an attractive package
I love the package - fun art and layout, and just the right tone for an accessible first reader. BUT... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ronald G. McCutchan
5.0 out of 5 stars Heidi is awesome
My 7 year old is in love with these book series....I recommend it for all little girls!!
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Half a book, and not that great
Where's the rest of the story? She has a bad first day at school, arrives home for a diabetes-inducing snack of soda and cookies, then declares she is a witch and decides to cast... Read more
Published 13 months ago by P. Rex
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This book is perfect for kids in 1st through 3rd grade lots of pictures and not as long as a regular book
Published 15 months ago by softballgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Written by my daughter Kaia:
I like the book. It has good pictures like miracles. I finished in one day.
Published 16 months ago by Linda
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