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Henry Heckelbeck and the High-Dive Dare

Book #12 of Henry Heckelbeck
Illustrated by Priscilla Burris



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About The Book

In this twelfth Henry Heckelbeck adventure, Henry tries the high dive at the new community pool!

Henry and his friends go to the new community pool that has just opened for summer! And the timing couldn’t be better because it is hot-hot-hot outside. When Henry’s friends see that there are diving boards at the pool, let the splashing begin! But Henry’s got a secret…he’s a little afraid of heights.

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


Chapter 1 UGGY-MUGGY!


  “I’m ROASTING!” said Henry Heckelbeck.

  “I’m BROILING!” said Dudley Day.

  “Well, I’m BROASTING!” said Max Maplethorpe.


  “What’s that?” asked Henry.

  “It’s a mix of roasting AND broiling,” said Max. “Because today is the HOTTEST day in Brewster’s history! My aunt said so, and she’s a weather reporter on TV!”

  Max picked up a pine cone from the floor of Dudley’s tree house and pretended it was a microphone.

  “Let’s stay INSIDE today, Brewster!” she warned. “The weather is UGGY-MUGGY! With a one hundred percent chance of hot, sizzly, sweaty GROSSNESS.”

  The boys laughed.

  “Maybe this will help,” Dudley said.


  Then he reached for a bottle of lemonade he had brought from the kitchen. “Who wants some?”


  Henry and Max held out their cups, and Dudley filled them. All three friends raised their glasses and made toasts to things that were cold.



  “To ice cubes!” said Henry.

  “To snowflakes!” said Max.

  “To Popsicles!” said Dudley. “And ice-cold lemonade!”

  Then they sipped their drinks.

  “EEEEEW!” cried Max. “It’s WARM!”

  Henry wiped his mouth with the back of his hand. “And watery!”


  “Sorry, dudes. How are we going to beat the heat now?” Dudley asked. “I say we head to the North Pole. We can hang out with the penguins!”



  Max rolled her eyes. “The only problem is, penguins live at the SOUTH Pole.”

  Dudley shrugged. “Then we’ll go THERE.”



  “It would be cool to slide on the ice with penguins!” Max said as she fanned herself with her spy notebook.

  “Since the South Pole is SO far away, I have a better idea,” said Henry.

  Dudley sat up. “Is it a cold idea?”

  Henry smiled. “Cold AND wet!” he said. “The new town pool just opened! It may not have penguins, but it has a waterslide and a spray park.”

  Max dropped to her knees. “Oh, please! Take us to the SPLASH!”


  The boys burst into laughter. Then the three friends climbed down the ladder and raced across the lawn to Dudley’s house.


  “TAKE US TO THE SPLASH!” they chanted all the way into the house.




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 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 4, 2023)
  • Length: 128 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781665933742
  • Grades: K - 4
  • Ages: 5 - 9

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