Wait Till Helen Comes

Wait Till Helen Comes

A Ghost Story

Book - 1986
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Molly and Michael dislike their spooky new stepsister Heather but realize that they must try to save her when she seems ready to follow a ghost child to her doom.
Publisher: New York : Clarion Books, c1986.
ISBN: 9780899194530
0899194532
9780547028644
Branch Call Number: J
Characteristics: 184 p. : map ; 22 cm.

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NerdyMuslim May 16, 2019

I loved this book as a kid and I still love it now. How can you go wrong with a blended family moving into an old church that's haunted by the ghost of a girl who died a century earlier? No matter how many times I have read it, it's still so spooky! If you're looking for middle-grade horror, Mary Downing Hahn should be your go-to.

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KEFaith
Jan 15, 2019

A decent middle grade read. It was a good ghost story without being keep-you-up-at-night scary.

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petal2014
Jan 03, 2019

I just saw the movie.

LVCCLD_hakluyt Jul 31, 2018

Read this book as an adult and liked it, sorry I missed as kid. I actually started to read of her books and have yet to be disappointed.

Lovestoread5 Jul 30, 2018

I agree with the statement below that Heather was hard to get past. For a seven year old, she certainly exhibits snotty and disrespectful behavior to her new family and in the way she talks to them all - I was surprised to learn she was not a pre-teen when introduced to the reader. The real pre-teen of the story, Molly, has more patience and stick-to-it-iveness for her age than I give others her age credit for. That being said though, she seemed to show no spine, for that matter, neither did Heather's dad. I kept waiting for her to lash out at Heather. The plot is okay, some suspense, a little predictable. But generally, and entertaining read.

SaraLovesBooks Jun 23, 2017

As a child, this book scared me. I loved the spooky and unusual atmosphere of the book. I related to the character of Molly, while Heather frustrated me. I loved the build-up to the climax of the story. It's a really good choice for children who love spooky stories, especially ghost stories.

lakevilla_IDOL Jun 10, 2013

This book was great! I couldn't stop reading it once I started! If you like scary stories; this is the book for you!

CRRL_AdrianaP Oct 24, 2012

Looking for a spooky story to read in October? Wait ‘Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story, by Mary Downing Hahn, is a great book for brave readers ages 10 and up. It’s narrated by 12-year-old Molly, who has moved into a new house out in the country with her 10-year-old brother Michael, her mom, her new stepdad, and his 7-year-old daughter, Heather. The home just happens to be a converted church bordering extensive grounds, ruins, and even a graveyard. Sounds like the perfect setting for something sinister to happen, right? See the rest of my review on our library blog here: http://www.librarypoint.org/wait_till_helen_hahn

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krystalamanda16
Oct 18, 2012

Wasn't as scary as i thought, but i still couldn't put it down!

ashleyblake225 Aug 27, 2012

i love this book. its not really scary. then again that depends on whats scary for you.

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Dec 24, 2014

indigo_raccoon_15 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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ashleyblake225 Aug 27, 2012

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krystalamanda16
Oct 18, 2012

Molly and Michael dislike their new step-sister Heather. She's always trying to get them in trouble and her father is blind sighted by his love for his daughter. But when they move to a church in the country, Heathe gets even weirder, hanging out by the graveyard and talking to "Helen". But when Molly is the only one who believes and sees that Heather is in trouble, she needs to try and save her before someone, or something, gets them as Heather warns.

cmjoy May 12, 2012

Molly, the 12-year-old narrator, and her brother Michael dislike their bratty 5-year-old stepsister Heather and resent the family move to an isolated converted church in the country. The adjourning graveyard frightens Molly, but Heather seems drawn to it. Molly discovers that the ghost of a child (Helen) who died in a fire a century ago wants to lure Heather to her doom. Molly determines to save her stepsister. In so doing, she learns that Heather's strange behavior stems from her feelings of guilt at having accidentally caused her mother's death by playing near a stove and starting a fire. Eventually, Molly wrests Heather from Helen's arms as the ghost attempts to drown them. The girls discover the skeletons of Helen's parents, and their burial finally puts to rest Helen's spirit.

MissJen Feb 15, 2011

Molly and Michael just can't get along with their new step-sister Heather. Heather's a brat who's always trying to get them in trouble no matter how nice they are to her. Things get worse when they move to a church in the country, because in their backyard is a graveyard and in the graveyard is a mysterious grave with Heather's initials on it. Soon Heather is being even brattier than usual and warning Michael and Molly that they better "wait 'til Helen comes" because then they'll be sorry. Only Molly believes that Heather is seeing a ghost named Helen and is in danger of being possessed. Is there really a ghost? Can Molly convince her family in time? Will she be able to save Heather? Does she even want to save the brat? Curl up with this spine-tingler to find out!

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ashleyblake225 Aug 27, 2012

"just wait, molly. wait till helen comes"

iheartmilkyways Jun 22, 2012

" just wait molly, wait till helen comes"

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