Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret (Prebound)
Other Books in Series
This is book number 1 in the Heidi Heckelbeck series.
- #2: Heidi Heckelbeck Casts a Spell (Prebound): $18.48
- #3: Heidi Heckelbeck and the Cookie Contest (Paperback): $5.99
- #4: Heidi Heckelbeck in Disguise (Paperback): $5.99
- #5: Heidi Heckelbeck Gets Glasses (Paperback): $5.99
- #6: Heidi Heckelbeck and the Secret Admirer (Paperback): $5.99
- #7: Heidi Heckelbeck Is Ready to Dance! (Paperback): $5.99
- #8: Heidi Heckelbeck Goes to Camp! (Paperback): $5.99
- #9: Heidi Heckelbeck and the Christmas Surprise (Paperback): $5.99
- #10: Heidi Heckelbeck and the Tie-Dyed Bunny (Hardcover): $19.79
- #11: Heidi Heckelbeck Is a Flower Girl (Hardcover): $18.69
- #12: Heidi Heckelbeck Gets the Sniffles (Paperback): $5.99
- #13: Heidi Heckelbeck Is Not a Thief! (Paperback): $5.99
- #14: Heidi Heckelbeck Says "Cheese!" (Paperback): $5.99
- #15: Heidi Heckelbeck Might Be Afraid of the Dark (Paperback): $5.99
- #16: Heidi Heckelbeck Is the Bestest Babysitter! (Paperback): $5.99
- #17: Heidi Heckelbeck Makes a Wish: Super Special! (Paperback): $5.99
- #18: Heidi Heckelbeck and the Big Mix-Up (Paperback): $5.99
- #19: Heidi Heckelbeck Tries Out for the Team (Paperback): $5.99
- #20: Heidi Heckelbeck and the Magic Puppy (Paperback): $5.99
- #21: Heidi Heckelbeck and the Never-Ending Day (Paperback): $5.99
- #22: Heidi Heckelbeck Has a New Best Friend (Paperback): $5.99
- #23: Heidi Heckelbeck and the Snoopy Spy (Paperback): $5.99
- #24: Heidi Heckelbeck Is So Totally Grounded! (Paperback): $5.99
- #25: Heidi Heckelbeck Lights! Camera! Awesome! (Paperback): $5.99
- #26: Heidi Heckelbeck Lends a Helping Hand (Paperback): $5.99
- #27: Heidi Heckelbeck and the Wacky Tacky Spirit Week (Paperback): $5.99
- #28: Heidi Heckelbeck Takes the Cake (Paperback): $5.99
- #29: Heidi Heckelbeck Pool Party! (Paperback): $5.99
- #30: Heidi Heckelbeck for Class President (Hardcover): $17.99
- #31: Heidi Heckelbeck and the Hair Emergency! (Paperback): $5.99
- #32: Heidi Heckelbeck and the Lost Library Book (Paperback): $5.99
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....
I enjoyed the book although it's not one I would have selected on my own. Especially for a debut novel I thought it was well done and engaging. I can't attest to the historical accuracy of the book's premise (yes, I know it's historical fiction). Over-all I would recommend it to anyone looking for an easy, entertaining read for beachside (when beaches reopen) or for a weekend of relaxation even if it's in your own backyard. There were moments where I thought the perspectives of the protagonist - Anita (The Woman in Red) - stemmed from our 21st century experiences as opposed to how the setting might have been perceived in the time period of the book, but this wasn't so distracting that it ruined the novel. On an entirely positive note, I would say that one place where most novels fail for me is the ending - too many novels are either entirely predictable or feel rushed and hurried as if trying to tie up all the loose ends. I was not expecting the outcome at the end of The Woman in Red!
Overall I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars . It was a respectable first novel from Diana Giovinazzo, with an engaging story line that was enjoyably uncomplicated yet intriguing, a likeable protagonist, and a surprise ending.
- reviewed by Diane, customer