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In this fifth Henry Heckelbeck adventure, Henry races to the finish in his first derby!

Henry and his friends are going to race in a race car derby! The only problem is each racer has to build their own car. Can Henry magic together the perfect ride? Or will he crash and burn?

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


Chapter 1 GO FLY A KITE


  Henry Heckelbeck and his best friend, Dudley Day, raced into the backyard.

  Both boys stared at the tops of the trees. They watched the leaves flutter in the wind.


  “This is a PERFECT kite day,” Henry declared.

  “Finally!” agreed Dudley. The boys had been waiting for a windy day for weeks.

  They grabbed their kites, invited Henry’s dad, and then went to the park.



  Henry had a green-purple- and-blue kite. Dudley had a big rainbow-colored kite that was shaped like a diamond.


  At the park, the boys passed a kickball game, picnickers, and a dad playing catch with his daughter. Soon they found an open area.


  The boys backed away from each other so their lines wouldn’t get tangled. Then they grabbed their kites in one hand and their spools in the other.

  “Ready?” yelled Dudley.

  Henry nodded. Then both boys began to run. They let out their lines slowly. The kites began to climb into the air. The more line they let out, the higher the kites climbed.




“Let’s do some tricks!” Henry cried. He made his kite dive and spin.


  Dudley made his kite go in a figure eight. Then a huge gust of wind snapped Henry’s line, and his kite flew away.






  “Oh no! My kite!” Henry raced after his runaway kite.

  Dudley spooled his line and ran after Henry. Soon the wind began to let up, and Henry’s kite began to fall.

  Wisp! Wisp! Wisp! The kite swished toward the ground, and… CRASH!




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 (March 3, 2021)
  • Length: 128 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534486300
  • Ages: 5 - 9

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