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Author: Mary Downing Hahn
ISBN: 0380704420
Language: English
Pages: 192 pages
Category: Growing Up & Facts of Life
Publisher: HarperCollins (November 2, 1987)
Rating: 4.3
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Wait till Helen comes. Summary: Molly and Michael dislike their spooky. After wading for about five minutes, I came around a curve and was confronted with a rusty, barbed-wire fence from which hung a No Trespassing sign.

Wait till Helen comes. new stepsister Heather but realize that they must. try to save her when she seems ready to follow a ghost. On the other side, a herd of cattle looked up from the water and lowed. For a minute, I thought they were going to charge at me, fence or no fence, and I scrambled up the bank to Heather's side.

Wait Till Helen Comes is a 1986 novel by American author Mary Downing Hahn. It was first published on January 1, 1986 through HarperCollins and has since gone through several reprints. The book won a 1989 Young Reader's Choice Award and follows a young girl that must deal with supernatural events that surround her. The book deals with the subject of death and suicide, which has led some parents to request that the book be removed from school reading lists and school libraries.

Mary Downing Hahn, a former children's librarian, is the award-winning author of many popular ghost stories, including . Wait Till Helen Comes is a ghost story about a typical blended family

Mary Downing Hahn, a former children's librarian, is the award-winning author of many popular ghost stories, including Deep and Dark and Dangerous and The Old Willis Place. An avid reader, traveler, and all-around arts lover, Ms. Hahn lives in Columbia, Maryland, with her two cats, Oscar and Rufus. Wait Till Helen Comes is a ghost story about a typical blended family. The family (mom, sister, and brother) is trying to adjust to a new move, a new stepfather, and a bratty little sister (with a secret of her own). The imagery is pretty good for the basic character plot Downing Hahn use however, some parts of the plot are pretty predictable.

Wait Till Helen Comes: . .has been added to your Cart . great lessons, all wrapped up in a spooky, well-written package. 5 people found this helpful.

by Hahn Mary Downing. Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right. Wait Till Helen Comes - A Ghost Story. 121 Pages·1986·623 KB·28 Downloads·New!. Horror Stories: 51 Sleepless Nights: Thriller short story collection about Demons, Undead. Summary: 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. geniemagikGo to geniemagik's profile, opens in a new window. Once I started this book I couldn't put it down. It was first published on January 1, 1986 through HarperCollins and has since gone through several reprints

Wait Till Helen Comes book. Wait Till Helen Comes is an interesting book. I think it might have scared me, as a child

Wait Till Helen Comes book. Heather is such a whiny little brat  . This is a bone-chilling goodie, too. Everything I love in a ghost story: creepy little girls, hidden graves, faces in windows, crumbling ruins in the woods, even a dark and murky pond. Brrrrr!! A bit dated, but none-the-less, a gem of a read right before Halloween. I think it might have scared me, as a child. It deals heavily with death, some twisted forms of manipulation from a ghost, and multiple people dying in fires.

The Old Willis Place: A Ghost Story. I first discovered Mary Downing Hahn in the sixth grade when my English class visited the school library to be shown around and to check out a library book

The Old Willis Place: A Ghost Story. Deep and Dark and Dangerous: A Ghost Story. I first discovered Mary Downing Hahn in the sixth grade when my English class visited the school library to be shown around and to check out a library book. Feeling frustrated that they didn't have any of my go to authors, I began perusing the shelves and came across a book called Time of the Witch by Mary Downing Hahn.

By Mary Downing Hahn. Wait Till Helen Comes brings me a delightful shiver every time I read it! I really like the author Mary Downing Hahn because she writes kid's ghost stories. Molly and Michael live with their terrible new stepsister, Heather. When their parents move out into the woods, things turn from bad to worse. Molly is sure something supernatural is up: how couldn't there be, they live next to a graveyard! Then Molly has the most horrifying experience in her life: she watches Heather become best friends with a ghost

Beware of Helen...

Heather is such a whiny little brat. Always getting Michael and me into trouble. But since our mother married her father, we're stuck with her...our "poor stepsister" who lost her real mother in a mysterious fire.

But now something terrible has happened. Heather has found a new friend, out in the graveyard behind our home -- a girl named Helen who died with her family in a mysterious fire over a hundred years ago. Now her ghost returns to lure children into the pond...to drown! I don't want to believe in ghosts, but I've followed Heather into the graveyard and watch her talk to Helen. And I'm terrified. Not for myself, but for Heather...

Comments (7)
Trex
This was among my FAVORITE books when I was a child. I first read it when I was about seven years old after my librarian recommended this one due to the fact she knew I loved ghost stories. Then, two years later I was overjoyed when I got to read it again in school! I will give only a brief synopsis. The story concerns bookish 12-year-old Molly and her younger aspiring scientist brother moving to the Maryland countryside with her mother, stepfather, and stepsister. Unfortunately, their stepsister is a huge brat and Molly finds it difficult to get along with her. Making the family somewhat tense. They move into an old church where there is a graveyard behind, and it seems the stepsister becomes entranced by a ghost there. Nobody believes Molly and the terror begins. A genuinely terrifying book with lots of beautiful descriptions of the Maryland countryside and even in adulthood, I still consider this one of my favorite books. I absolutely cannot WAIT for the movie! Hopefully it stays faithful to the book. Cannot recommend this book enough!
Mushicage
Twelve-year-old Molly isn't happy that her mom has remarried, and she's even less thrilled when her new blended family moves to an old converted church far out in the country. The graveyard behind the church frightens Molly, but her new stepsister, 7-year-old Heather, is strangely drawn to it. Molly soon discovers that Heather's imaginary friend, Helen, isn't quite so imaginary. Helen is the ghost of a drowned girl, and she may be leading Heather to the same fate...unless Molly can stop her.

I read this book for the first time when I was 9 or 10, and I probably read it at least 20 times in the 3 or 4 years that followed. I recently read it again as an adult, and I was so happy to discover that a book I loved so much when I was growing up has withstood the test of time. Aside from a few dated references, Wait Till Helen Comes feels timeless. It's an inventive, well-told, and eerie ghost story.

Hahn's writing is age-appropriate, but doesn't feel "dumbed down" in the least; the writing is fantastic, actually. Her prose is beguiling, weaving an atmosphere that is rich with detail and rife with tension. You can feel the oppression of a stifling summer day, just as you can feel the chill of an otherworldly presence. As a pre-teen, I remember feeling truly chilled by some of the spookier scenes, and I'm not too proud to admit that some of those scenes still haunt me to this day (in particular, the scene in which Helen trashes Molly's and Michael's rooms and their mother's art studio, as well as the climax at Harper Pond).

What makes this novel such a great one for pre-teens, though, is not necessarily that it's a ghost story. The relationships and issues that Hahn explores in Wait Till Helen Comes also lend to its timeless quality: the dynamics of a blended family, the nature of forgiveness and acceptance...great lessons, all wrapped up in a spooky, well-written package.
Goldcrusher
I love ghost stories and it's not always easy to find them for younger kids. This is something that makes you cringe, waiting for the worst, and then you breathe a sigh of relief when it's not quite as bad as you think it'll be. (Trying not to spoil anything.) It got creepier and tense toward the end, but still okay for middle grade readers. And this was much better than a different book I'd read from the author. It's no wonder this story got made into a movie. Now I'm ready to read more from the author.
Amerikan_Volga
Great book with an underlying theme of guilt, forgiveness and communication. Blended family moves into a creepy house that was formerly a church complete with a graveyard attached to the property. Realistic teens are uncomfortable with both their new stepdad and his strange and hostile daughter. Things start to get scary when Heather connects with a ghost who passed at her very own age.(seven years old). There is a lack of communication between the overwhelmed adults and the kids. The older daughter bravely tries to protect the younger, angry Heather and in the end they learn a valuable lesson. Great way to open a discussion about feeling safe enough to confide anything to your parents. Honesty is always the best policy. I would read it before I would let my child attempt it. It can be really scary.
Coiril
This book grabs the reader from the first chapter where we meet first the mom and her two children (Molly and Michael), and then the husband’s child (Heather) and then the husband. I don’t know how the author did it, but Heather, comes across as a creepily hateful, troublemaking antagonist from the moment we meet her. Each character is drawn vividly and we are instantly experiencing the story along with the children. It is a good ghost story for younger readers, probably great in 1986, but the ending (at least now-a-days) is pretty predictable. I have a whole other ending in my head, much creepier, I think. This might be a good project for students, write an alternate ending – see what they come up with. I believe there was some confusion as to the ages of Molly and Heather, as in some places in the book Molly seemed so much younger than 12 and in other places, Heather seemed so much older than 7 – in terms of what they said, the words used, and how and when they said it. [Molly: “You don’t understand, Mom!” I threw myself at her, trying to climb into her lap.] Also, some of the tags used would be absolute no-no’s today: [Heather: “Do you believe in Helen now?” she hissed.” (you can’t hiss words). “I told you she’d make you sorry! The next time it will be much, much worse. You just wait!”] I do love the author’s descriptions as she always invites many senses: “A breeze shushed through the grass, rustling the leaves and bringing with it the scent of honeysuckle. The night seemed very still and private.” Still may creep out younger readers.