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Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret (Heidi Heckelbeck #1)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  315 ratings  ·  74 reviews
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” f
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Little Simon
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My oldest daughter has really struggled with reading. Her struggles started in 1st grade. Because of this her reading level stayed at a "1" all last year during second grade as well. The worst part about this was finding books at her level that weren't about frogs and teddy bears. She is a typical 8 year old and loves girly things. I searched high and low for books at the correct level with topics that would interest her. We tried and failed many series and beginning chapter books.

Finally, I fou
Laura the Highland Hussy
My daughter's review on her blog KK's Books & Reviews

This is a really good book for a chapter book. I read it all in one night. Heidi is a witch, but I didn't know she was a witch, and I thought my mom was making it up. But she really is a witch!

She had to keep it a secret and I think I really want to try the spell, but I don't have a medallion or the eye of a gingerbread man.

Heidi is homeschooled and when she has to go to a normal school she is scared and doesn't have any friends. She makes
This book pissed me off, and I'll tell you why:

The description on this book says it's about a girl who is a witch. This is not a book about a girl who is a witch. This is a book about a girl having the most mundane, generic school day ever. How boring is that? She pulls out a spell book on the LAST PAGE. Lame-o. Lots of kids aren't going to make it that far, since the book doesn't really deliver.
Mrs. Knott
This is a great new series for young girls. It has easy to read chapters, with pictures on almost every page.
In this first book of the series we meet Heidi and her family. Heidi has a secret, which we don't find out until the end, and it is a cliffhanger once you get to it! Heidi and her younger brother, Henry, are about to go to school for the first time since they have been homeschooled. Heidi is about to enter the second grade and Henry is about to start kindergarten. While Henry is excited a
Jasmine Olivia
Jasmine finished her 1st chapter book of the new year in TWO days! GoOOoOOoooo Jasmine!!!! <3
Heidi wakes up in a grouchy, grumpy gloomy mood. After being homeschooled with her younger brother, her mother decides it's time for Heidi to start second grade in the public school. Heidi isn't very happy about the new arrangement, even her favorite outfit of black jean skirt with striped black-and-white- striped tights isn't enough to cheer her up. To make things worse, on Heidi's first day she gets picked on by meanie Melanie. What's a girl to do? Heidi decides it's time to pull out her speci ...more
I'm not a big fan of these. I understand that starting at a school is hard but Heidi was incredibly negative, there was no hope or optimism to be found.
AND it ends in the middle of the story. I can understand cliffhangers in books for older kids and teens but I really feel that this will leave the younger ones without that feeling of accomplishment they need to get when they finish a book. Make them like your book so much they want to read the next one, not because you stopped in the middle of
Holly Letson
I read book #7 of this series ( Heidi Heckelbeck Is Ready to Dance! ) awhile back in Alabama. So, when I saw most of the books on the shelf up here at the North Spokane Library, I knew I had to check them out and read them. It's a fun series, but not extraordinary. I'd give Book #1 a rating of 3.25*.

Heidi is a spoiled little brat that has been-a-being homeschooled by her mother. She is very used to this, and throws a fit, when she is enrolled into school. Her brother, Henry, however, enjoys sc
Eliza loved this story. I read it outloud to her and a visiting cousin. It is a chapter book but has a picture nearly every page. I was not expecting what the secret was at the end and am wondering where the author is going with it. Eliza wants to read more of these.
Amanda Harris
Heidi and her brother have always been homeschooled. Now they are going to a traditional school and Heidi isn't very happy about it. Heidi is starting 2nd grade and her brother, Henry, is going into Kindergarten. On the first day of 2nd grade, Heidi meets a super mean girl, Melanie, and never fully recovers from her negative attitude the rest of the day. She does meet a nice friend and survives the day, but she never really perks up until the end of the book when she pulls out a book of "spells" ...more
Jen B.
I was SO excited the whole time I read this book! Finally, a book about a NORMAL girl, with no ridiculous quirks. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a few of the quirky girls, but I feel they have taken over and left nothing for our normal girls to read! I enjoyed this so much that I read it in two sittings, which is NOT my norm.

I loved the way Heidi lived out the emotions of being the new girl in school, the target of a bully, and the hope for a new friend to a sweet classmate. I loved her relationsh
Heidi Heckelbeck will be starting second grade at Brewster Elementary School. However, she is definitely not excited about school at all! In fact, she has NEVER been to school! Heidi and her younger brother, Henry, have been homeschooled by their mother. So, Heidi is very nervous about her first day at a real school. As she sits at her very own desk, in her second grade classroom, Heidi notices a girl beside her making mean faces. Miss Melanie Maplethorpe (aka Meanie Melanie)! Heidi tries to be ...more
it was Heidi's first day of school. She didn't want to go to school because she had more fun at home. She was having breakfast she had a pancake with a smiley face but turned it in to a frown. Heidi met a girl named Melanie and she squeeezed her nose and made fun of her. She made a friend named Lucy.When her mom asked about school she said it was the worst. She got to test a soda. She has an idea of how to make Melanie forget her lines of a play.
Heidi begins second grade at Brewster Elementary after being home-schooled with her younger brother, Henry. She faces the usual fears of new kid at school and her first day is not the best, especially when she becomes the target of the classroom bully, Melanie Maplethorpe. At home that afternoon,
Heidi remembers her special medallion and Book of Spells. Could her magic help her get back at Melanie? The fast paced story, easy text, gentle humor, believable characters, and engaging illustrations a
Calvin  Kwon
I liked this book because Heidi had a secret. Her enemy, named Melanie, is really mean. But Heidi figured out the way to stop Melanie and you should find out how by reading this book. I only gave it two stars because it wasn’t that great of a book because they didn’t tell the secret until the very end.
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Background: Heidi Heckelback is going to school for the first time, before her mother had home-schooled her. She is very upset about the whole idea. Heidi Heckelback 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 illustra
I guess I'm going to have to read more than one to see if this series is any good - her secret, that she is a witch, gets revealed on the very last page. Otherwise it's hum drum new girl stuff. Grades 1 - 2
It was a good chapter book for beginning readers.It is easy to read because of the size of the words and the illustrations.I recommend this series to first and second graders.
Penny says: "This is the best book I've ever read. It was more exciting than other books to me. I got a jean jacket like Heidi's, and I can't wait to read the other books.
Heidi is eight and going to public school for the first time. No more backyard cafeteria, or treehouse classroom for her. She is NOT excited. Book one takes us through her horrible first day but ends in a cliffhanger about what she has in mind for her second day. This will be a great series for students in grades 1-3. I had a teacher read it to her 3rd grade afterschool group and even the boys liked it.
Junie B. Jones, scoot over, there's a new girl on your shelf. Heidi Heckelbeck has been home-schooled her entire life and is not looking forward to real school. Even her favorite outfit can't give her the courage she needs, especially when Melanie decides to pick on her on her first day! But Heidi Heckelbeck has a secret, a special talent that could help rid her of all her school problems, and it has to do with a spell book hidden under her bed. The first in a new series, Heidi Heckelbeck is sur ...more
My niece and I love Heidi. The secret surprised us both. We can't wait to see what she does with her special abilities.
i liked this book. however, i think it is a little mean spirited for reading rangers. bummer
Really cute - 2nd grader Heidi Heckelbeck has a big secret, she is a witch. Easy book. Nancy
A great start to a soon-to-be popular series! Lots of pen and ink illustrations help new readers with the story plus break up a beginning chapter book into easily digested sections. Heidi is a second-grader that is starting school for the first time after being home schooled by her mom. She is very reluctant and a little scared that isn't helped when one of her classmates greets her with a smelly comment. Heidi has a huge secret though! In the last chapter she reveals that she is a witch and has ...more
It was good and cute but I hate that it's not a standalone book.
Melissa Wehunt
Cute. Loved the use of words... Merg... Meep... Smell-a-nie...
Cute series. Second book is much better.
What was up with that ending?
It's very interesting.
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