Skip to Main Content

Henry Heckelbeck Never Cheats

Illustrated by Priscilla Burris
Book #2 of Henry Heckelbeck



Free shipping when you spend $40. Terms apply.

Buy from Other Retailers

See More Retailers

About The Book

Henry uses magic while playing soccer in this second Henry Heckelbeck adventure!

Henry Heckelbeck is just like any other normal kid. He plays soccer. He isn’t a huge fan of homework. He even has an older sister, Heidi.

What’s not so normal about Henry is his family. His sister and mom are magic.

Not Henry, though…he’s just a normal kid. Or is he?

Henry Heckelbeck is excited to start the soccer season. He really wants to be the teams’ goalie this year, but there’s a new star player on the team, Max Maplethorpe. Is magic the answer to being the MVP on the soccer field, or would using his Book of Spells be cheating? What’s a wizard to do?

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


Chapter 1: Hey, Goalie! Chapter 1 HEY, GOALIE!
Henry Heckelbeck pulled a round sandwich out of his lunch box. Mom had made it with a cookie cutter. Henry showed his best friend, Dudley.

“What does THIS look like?”

Dudley smiled. “It looks like a soccer ball to me!”

“RIGHT!” Henry said. “And today we have the first soccer practice after school!”

Then he held up his free hand, and Dudley smacked it.

Max Maplethorpe heard the boys as she walked by.

“What are you talking about?” she asked.

“Soccer,” Dudley said.

Max sat down. “Do you play?” she asked.

Dudley’s mouth fell open.

“Well, OF COURSE I play!” he said. “And for your information, I am a center back. My position tries to stop the other team from…”

Max held up her hand like a stop sign. “I know. I know,” she said. “You try to stop the other team from scoring a goal.”

Dudley was surprised. “Do YOU play soccer?”

Max looked up from under the brim of her baseball cap. “I played goalie at my old school.”

Henry smiled. “Hey, goalie!” he exclaimed. “That’s what I play.”

Max didn’t say “that’s cool” or anything at all. She just stared at Henry.

Henry swallowed hard. “Well, um, soccer sign-ups are at practice after school. Maybe you should join us?”

Max shrugged. “Maybe,” she said.

Then she picked up her tray and walked off.

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 10, 2019)
  • Length: 128 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534461062
  • Ages: 5 - 9
  • Lexile ® 550L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®
  • Fountas & Pinnell™ M These books have been officially leveled by using the F&P Text Level Gradient™ Leveling System

Resources and Downloads

High Resolution Images

More books from this author: Wanda Coven

More books from this illustrator: Priscilla Burris

More books in this series: Henry Heckelbeck