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Henry Heckelbeck and the Haunted Hideout

Illustrated by Priscilla Burris
Book #3 of Henry Heckelbeck



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About The Book

Henry uses magic to build an awesome fort…but is his new hideout haunted? Find out in this third Henry Heckelbeck adventure!

Henry 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 that he’s magic.

Henry also needs a hideout. He needs a place to play with his best friend where his sister can’t bother them. A hideout like this calls for a magic spell. But can magic make a hideout haunted?

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




  Dudley Day whispered, “I spy an anthill!”

  Henry Heckelbeck joined his best friend to watch the ants. They both wondered if the ants had secret tunnels inside.


  “I spy a bird’s nest!” cried Henry, pointing his binoculars at the treetops. “Wouldn’t a nest make a cool hangout?”

  Dudley stood up and said, “Yeah. So would an anthill.”

  Then Henry spotted a red-orange cat in the garden.

  “I spy something FURRY,” he whispered. The cat belonged to the next-door neighbors. Henry had nicknamed him Kevin.

  Dudley tiptoed to Henry’s side. “Let’s follow it!” he said.



  The boys tracked Kevin along the stone wall and down into Henry’s dad’s vegetable patch. Kevin stopped and chewed on some spinach.

  “Ew!” the boys cried.

  Then Kevin trotted toward the house and leaped onto a windowsill.

  The boys crouched under the window. They slowly stood up to spy on the cat, but Kevin bounded away.


  Now the only things in the window were Henry and Dudley.

  Henry could see his sister, Heidi. She was inside the house with her friends Bruce Bickerson and Lucy Lancaster. Then Heidi saw Henry.


  “HEY!” she shouted at her brother. “Quit SPYING on us!”

  Henry and Dudley ran away before they got blamed for anything else Kevin did.

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 (July 21, 2020)
  • Length: 128 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534461161
  • Ages: 5 - 9
  • Lexile ® 610L 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

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