Heidi wakes up in a grouchy, grumpy gloomy mood. After being homeschooled with her younger brother, her mother decides it's time for Heidi to start second grade in the public school. Heidi isn't very happy about the new arrangement, even her favorite outfit of black jean skirt with striped black-and-white- striped tights isn't enough to cheer her up. To make things worse, on Heidi's first day she gets picked on by meanie Melanie. What's a girl to do? Heidi decides it's time to pull out her special Spell Book that has been handed down in her family and teach mean Melanie a lesson. O.K. This is where the action ends. With a great premise of a witchy girl going to school and wonderful illustrations by Priscilla Burris whats not to love? Oh yeah, cliffhanger ending. I found this to be a very different approach to a chapter book for young readers and really hope it doesn't continue with each book. I just picture unhappy little faces wondering what happens to mean Melaine. Guess they'll have to pick up Casts a Spell to find out. And I really recommend those who read the first have the second available, it's the kind of book that someone who is interested in early chapter books would like.
I found Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret as iBooks free ebook of the week selection. It would make a great pick for five to seven year olds.