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Heidi Heckelbeck and the Secret Admirer

Illustrated by Priscilla Burris
Book #6 of Heidi Heckelbeck



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About The Book

Someone has a crush on Heidi Heckelbeck! Can she figure out who it is—with a little help from her Book of Spells?

The Brewster Science Fair is approaching, and Heidi and Stanley are busy working on their project. But when Heidi finds treats in her cubby and her desk, she realizes that she has a secret admirer! Who can it be? Heidi starts to investigate, and she eventually turns to her Book of Spells for help. Will she discover her admirer’s true identity?
With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.


Heidi Heckelbeck couldn’t wait for the Brewster second-grade science fair. Science experiments were the next best thing to mixing magic potions.

  “We find out our science partners today,” said Heidi as she and Bruce Bickerson bounced along in their seat at the back of the school bus. “I hope I don’t get Melanie Maplethorpe.”

  “Same here,” Bruce said. “I wouldn’t want to get her best friend, Stanley Stonewrecker, either.”

  “Make a fist for good luck,” said Heidi.

  They both made a fist.

  “Pound it,” said Heidi.

  Bruce pounded his knuckles with Heidi’s.

  But it didn’t seem to do any good. When their teacher, Mrs. Welli, announced science partners, Heidi got Stanley and Bruce got Melanie.



  “Poor thing,” said Lucy Lancaster, who had gotten Charlie Chen.



  “You’re lucky you got Charlie,” said Heidi. “He’s nice AND smart.”

  Mrs. Welli asked everyone to sit with his or her partner. Heidi didn’t budge. I’d rather sit next to an egg-salad sandwich than Stanley Stonewrecker, she thought. Stanley set his chair next to Heidi’s and sat down. Heidi wanted to stick her tongue out at him, but she didn’t.



  “Now it’s time to pick a science experiment,” said Mrs. Welli. “I have a list to choose from—or you can come up with your own.”

  She handed a stack of papers to Melanie to pass out.



  “You have two days to choose an experiment,” Mrs. Welli said. “The science fair is the following Saturday. Be ready to show your experiment to the judges. You’ll also need to explain what happened and why on note cards.”

  Melanie dropped the list of science experiments on Heidi’s desk.

  “I’ll bet you were behind all this, weren’t you?” asked Melanie.

  “Behind all what?” asked Heidi.



  “Behind you getting my best friend for a partner and me getting your ding-dong friend,” Melanie said.

  “I’d say it pretty much stinks for all of us,” said Heidi.

  “Well, at least for once we agree on something,” said Melanie.



About The Author

Wanda Coven

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 Colorado Springs, Colorado. They have three cats: Hilda, Agnes, and Claw-dia.

About The Illustrator

(c) Priscilla Burris
Priscilla Burris

Priscilla Burris is the illustrator and author-illustrator of many books for children. She attributes her love of children’s books and library visits to the East Los Angeles Library. Priscilla loves her role of creating characters and stories for readers everywhere. She lives in sunny Arizona, where she finds the sunrises and sunsets awe-inspiring. 

Product Details

  • Publisher: Little Simon (December 18, 2012)
  • Length: 128 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442441750
  • Ages: 5 - 9
  • Lexile ® 630L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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