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Heidi Heckelbeck and the Christmas Surprise

Illustrated by Priscilla Burris
Book #9 of Heidi Heckelbeck



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About The Book

When Heidi gets in some Christmastime trouble, it will take more than magic to restore the holiday spirit!

Christmas is around the corner, and Heidi is very excited. She loves Christmas decorations, Christmas cookies, and, best of all, Christmas presents! But when she takes her mom’s special charm bracelet without asking—and then loses it—Heidi fears that her mom will be angry with her. And when she finally finds the bracelet, it has been totally crushed by a snowplow. Heidi tries to fix the broken bracelet with a spell, but that only makes things worse! Will Heidi have the courage to come clean and tell her mom the truth—and will there still be room for Christmas cheer?

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.


Hey, Santa,


  It’s me, Heidi Heckelbeck. How’s it going up there at the Nor th Pole? Hope you had a good year. Mine was very good. I hardly got into trouble! But you probably already know that. By the way, do you really see me when I’m sleeping and know when I’m awake? And are you really magical? Hope you don’t mind all the questions.




  Now I’d like to talk about Christmas. I only want one thing this year. Can you guess what it is? It’s PRINCESS CHARMING by Helen Cranston. Princess Charming is a witch in disguise. I love that because it reminds me of ME, except for one thing. Princess Charming is a princess and I’m j ust a regular ol’ kid at dumb ol’ Brewster Elementary. BOR-ing.


  I hope you have good weather for your sleigh ride.


  Your friend,








  Heidi folded the letter and slipped it into an envelope. Then she addressed it in her neatest handwriting:



  Heidi stuck a Christmas tree stamp in the upper right-hand corner. She looked at the envelope. Hmm . . . it seems boring, she thought. I’ll have to make it more cheery. I really want Santa to notice my letter. Heidi opened her desk drawer and took out her rainbow markers. Then she drew a candy cane, a snowman, and a reindeer on the envelope.


  “Done!” she said triumphantly. “My letter to Santa is ready. Now all I have to do is mail it.”

  Heidi tingled with excitement. I hope I get that new book, she thought. Then she trotted down the hall to find her mom.




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 (October 1, 2013)
  • Length: 128 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442481251
  • Ages: 5 - 7
  • Lexile ® 500L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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