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In this thirteenth Henry Heckelbeck adventure, a leg sprain may cause Henry to lose his role in the school play!

Henry has landed the lead role in the school play. Even better, the play is written by one of his best friends, Max. Oh, and even Dudley has a role! But a small leg injury threatens to lose Henry his part. Will “breaking a leg” ruin everything his acting debut?

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


Chapter 1 NICE PLAY!


  “Class, I have a surprise!” Ms. Mizzle announced.

  Henry Heckelbeck and his friend Dudley Day were very worried. Sometimes a class surprise was not a good thing.

  Henry raised his hand. “Is it a mega pop quiz?” he asked.

  Ms. Mizzle shook her head.


  “Is it a homework assignment the size of a HOUSE?” asked Dudley.

  Ms. Mizzle shook her head again.


  “Did you invent a grade higher than an A-plus?” asked Max Maplethorpe.

  “No,” the teacher said with a laugh. “Those ideas may be a little too magical.”


  Henry sat up when he heard the word “magical.” Nothing is TOO magical, he thought. He was a wizard, after all.

  “We are going to put on… a play!” said Ms. Mizzle. “In fact, we are putting on four short plays written by students in this room!”

  The whole class cheered. This was a surprise!


  Ms. Mizzle put four lists on the board at the front of the room.

  “Here are the teams,” she said. “Everyone can get up from their desk and look now. But remember not to run.”


  The children speed-walked instead.

  Henry, Dudley, and Max searched the lists. Then they spied their names. Henry and Dudley were going to act in Max’s play!

  The three best friends looked at one another and whooped.

  They were on the same team! How rare was that?!


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 (November 15, 2023)
  • Length: 128 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781665933766
  • Ages: 5 - 9

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