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Heidi Heckelbeck Is Not a Thief!

Illustrated by Priscilla Burris
Book #13 of Heidi Heckelbeck



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Heidi Heckelbeck is a witch, but she is NOT a thief! Can she clear her name and help find her best friend’s missing pen? Maybe…with some magic!

Heidi Heckelbeck’s best friend, Lucy, has a brand-new pen. It’s glittery, looks like a lollipop, smells like strawberries, and even lights up. It’s the coolest pen ever! Heidi wishes she had one just like it. And when it goes missing, Lucy accuses her best friend of taking it! Heidi Heckelbeck might be a witch, but she is NOT a thief! Heidi searches all over for Lucy’s pen, but it’s nowhere to be found. So what’s a witch to do…except turn to her Book of Spells?

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





  Heidi Heckelbeck loved pizza day. She slid a hot slice of pepperoni pizza onto her lunch tray. Then she sat down with her friends Lucy Lancaster and Bruce Bickerson.

  “I have great news!” said Bruce.

  “What?” asked Heidi and Lucy at the same time.

  Bruce looked around to make sure no one was listening. Then he lowered his voice to a whisper. “My latest invention is finished!” he said. “But don’t tell anyone. It’s top secret!”



  Bruce’s inventions were always top secret. He didn’t want anyone to steal his ideas, but he trusted his two best friends, Heidi and Lucy.

  “What’s it called?” asked Heidi excitedly.



  Bruce leaned forward so only the girls could hear. The girls leaned in too.

  “I’m calling it the Bicker Picker-Upper,” he whispered.

  “What does it do?” Lucy asked.

  “It picks stuff up automatically,” said Bruce.

  “Like a robot?” asked Heidi.

  “Like a robot’s arm,” Bruce said.



  “What kinds of things does it pick up?” asked Lucy.

  “Stuffed animals, action figures, socks, underwear, pajamas—basically everything on my floor,” said Bruce.

  “It picks up your room?” Heidi questioned as she took a big bite of pizza. “THIS I gotta see!”

  “Me too!” said Lucy.

  “Can you guys come over after school tomorrow?” asked Bruce.

  “Probably,” said Heidi.

  “I’ll check with my mom,” Lucy said. Then she pulled her baby owl notepad from her backpack.



  Lucy also took out a pink pen shaped like a lollipop. The lollipop had a spiral design and sparkled with pink and silver glitter. She wrote a reminder on her notepad:



  The lollipop lit up as she wrote. Heidi dropped her pizza on her lunch tray and stared at Lucy’s pen.

  “WHERE did you get THAT?” asked Heidi.

  Lucy twirled the pen in front of her friends.

  “Isn’t it beautiful?” she said. “My dad brought it back from his last business trip.”



  “I LOVE it!” said Heidi. “May I see?”

  “Sure!” Lucy said.



  But just then the bell rang. It was time to go back to the classroom. Lucy dropped the pen into her backpack.

  “I’d better show you at recess,” she said.

  “But I want to see it NOW!” Heidi complained.

  Lucy laughed. “I promise I’ll show you LATER!”

  “Oh, okay,” said Heidi.



  Then they cleared their trays and headed down the hall.





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 (January 6, 2015)
  • Length: 128 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481423250
  • Ages: 5 - 9
  • Lexile ® 620L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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