Skip to Main Content

Henry Heckelbeck and the Haunted Hideout

Book #3 of Henry Heckelbeck
Illustrated by Priscilla Burris
LIST PRICE $5.99

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.

Chapter 1: Backyard Spies Chapter 1 BACKYARD SPIES
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.


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 San Jose, California. They have three cats: Hilda, Agnes, and Claw-dia.

Priscilla Burris has illustrated numerous books for children, parents, and teachers. She enjoys cake painting and creating art for products that include murals, greeting cards, and rubber stamps. Priscilla lives with her family in Southern California.

More books from this author: Wanda Coven

More books from this illustrator: Priscilla Burris

More books in this series: Henry Heckelbeck