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Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret by [Coven, Wanda]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 13681 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1442440872
  • Publisher: Little Simon; 1 edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 3, 2012
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054KCH02
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,039 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
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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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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There is nothing I don't like about these books. The characters are cute and funny. There are drawings on every page which keeps the interest of young readers.I just purchased the entire series for a young girl in my life. Now I'm going to start reading them with my granddaughter!
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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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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 a revenge spell on a mean girl (really, that's the solution?). The End. Not written particularly well and not very interesting. My 3.5 year old enjoyed listening to it. Not worth continuing with the series though. Overpriced for the quality.
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By Dena on October 6, 2013
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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
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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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