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Heidi Heckelbeck Has a New Best Friend

Book #22 of Heidi Heckelbeck
Illustrated by Priscilla Burris



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About The Book

Heidi has a new best friend in the twenty-second Heidi Heckelbeck adventure!

A new family moves in next door and Heidi is excited to meet them. They have a daughter Heidi’s age! Her name is Bryce Beltran, and she’s Heidi’s super nice, super talkative new neighbor. After spending the day together, Heidi promises to introduce her to Lucy and Bruce. But on the first day of school, things don’t go as planned. Bryce is convinced that her so-called best friends aren’t very good ones and tries to get in between them. Can Heidi help everyone get along before she loses them all?

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




  “Ha-a-a hu-u-um,” Heidi yawned.

  She rubbed her eyes and padded across the kitchen in her bunny slippers and pink polka-dot pajamas. It was a quiet and peaceful morning. Heidi loved to have breakfast in her pj’s every Sunday.

  But she didn’t love it when Henry acted like an unexpected alarm clock.

  “GUESS WHAT!” Henry yelled as he walked through the back door.

  Heidi was so surprised, she spilled her milk.


  Henry didn’t even make fun of her, so the whole family knew he must have big news. “We have NEW NEIGHBORS!”


  Heidi wiped up the mess. “We do?”

  Henry put his hands on his hips proudly. “Yep. There’s a moving truck and everything. RIGHT. NEXT. DOOR.”


  Heidi’s bunny slippers hopped across the floor as she ran to the window to see.

  “You’re right!” she cried.

  “TOLD YOU!” Henry said. “I’ve been spying on them ever since I got up.”

  Mom set her teacup on her saucer. “HENRY!” she scolded. “It’s not polite to spy.”

  Henry shrugged. “But, Mom, how else am I going to find out important stuff, like that they have a GIANT trampoline?”


  Mom frowned. “Nobody likes a snoop, young man.”

  Heidi whirled around. “I DO!” she announced. “Especially if there are trampolines involved. Hey, snoop! Do they have any KIDS?”


  Henry nodded. “A GIRL,” he said as he made a gross face. “And she looks like she’s your age. I heard her mom call her Bryce.”

  Heidi clapped her hands. “Yay!” she cried. “I wonder if we’ll be friends!”


  Heidi always dreamed of having a friend next door. Then she had an idea. “Mom, can we bake chocolate chip cookies for our new neighbors?” she asked excitedly.


  “I think that sounds sweet, Heidi,” her mom said with a smile. “But listen up, Henry. It’s time to stop your spy-guy game. You’re going to be on cookie patrol with your sister.”

  Henry and Heidi stood up straight and gave Mom a salute. Operation: Welcome to the Neighborhood was a go.




About The Author

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 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.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Little Simon (January 2, 2018)
  • Length: 128 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534411081
  • Grades: K - 4
  • Ages: 5 - 9
  • Lexile ® 620L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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