|Heidi Heckelbeck has a secret. [#1] (Heidi Heckelbeck)|
Author: Coven, Wanda
Heidi, who is no longer homeschooled, enters a regular school in second grade, where she encounters a mean girl named Melanie who makes her feel like an alien.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.10
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 149436
Common Core Standards
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Kirkus Reviews (02/01/12)
School Library Journal (06/01/12)
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Booklist - 02/15/2012 Heidi has always been taught at home, and she is nervous and grumpy about starting second grade at Brewster Elementary. And it’s a not-so-promising beginning when mean-queen Melanie puts Heidi on her radar, taunting her, vandalizing her art project for Mr. Doodlebee, and suggesting she play a tree in the class production of The Wizard of Oz (while Melanie is Dorothy, of course)—and all on the first day! Even though Heidi meets a nice girl named Lucy, she feels she doesn’t fit in at school and wishes she never had to return. But sudden inspiration leads her to conjure up a plan for payback and her secret is revealed in the teaser ending. Geared towards new readers, this series opener features simple vocabulary, large and well-spaced text, short chapters, and interspersed black-and-white cartoon-style drawings while sympathetically depicting Heidi’s challenges, from dealing with bullies to finding friends. Assorted characters—including Heidi’s supportive mom, soda pop–formula inventor dad, and peppy younger brother—add lively touches, and the ending hints of more mischief to come. - Copyright 2012 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 06/01/2012 Gr 1–3—After being homeschooled, Heidi Heckelbeck is not happy about starting second grade at Brewster Elementary. Her bad attitude shines through hilariously in dialogue and details, such as a math problem she makes up: "Heidi + School = Yuck." Quickly, mean Melanie and nice new friend Lucy emerge as Heidi makes her way through class, lunch in the cafeteria, and rehearsal for the school play. Much of the plot centers on Melanie's nasty antics. Don't worry; Heidi gets even, thanks to the fact that she is a witch and she consults her Book of Spells in the cliff-hanger ending. It's this secret about her identity, and Heidi's relatable personality, that will keep readers coming back for more. Large font, an engaging story, and frequent illustrations make this a good choice for new chapter-book readers.—Amanda Moss Struckmeyer, Middleton Public Library, WI - Copyright 2012 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.