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Wait Till Helen Comes

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  12,615 ratings  ·  1,459 reviews
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 wi

Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 2nd 1987 by HarperCollins (first published 1986)
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Nov 01, 2007 Martha rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: kids
Sigh...the good ghost stories that somehow passed me by as a kid...well, better late than never! 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.
Mr. Balcoms Class
Read this one aloud to my students again.

Nothing gets the blood chilling like ghost children. Shiver...
Jodi Meadows
When I was eleven, one of my teachers read this book to the class. I don't know what it was about WAIT TILL HELEN COMES, or if it was something the teacher said, but this was the book that somehow informed me that books don't magically appear on library shelves, as I'd previously believed. Books must be written. By people. Like, it's their job to make up stories. And if I worked hard enough, it could be my job, too.

It was also one of the first books I remember reading on my own where the magic w
Angie Elle
I haven't read this book since I was a little girl, but I'm giving it five stars simply because I slept with my light on for a week after reading it!
Kristina Horner
This is a book I've literally had on my shelf for over 10 years. My aunt gave it to me years ago, as it was her favorite children's book. I, being a terrible niece, never read it. Until now.
Wait Till Helen Comes is an interesting book. 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. Surprisingly dark for a middle grade book.
As an adult, I was extremely bothered by how terrible and worth
Feb 02, 2009 MEREDITH :) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
I loved this book! It was really creepy! I think all of you should read it! ......
Michaeal & Molly have to move to an old church (now a house) with their mom and new stepfather. They are not happy at ALL & will miss all of their friends! Unfourtunatly Molly has to share a room with her new step sister, Heather! She is really rude & creepy. One day Heather wanders off to the graveyard behind the house. She soon creepily comes attached to this one grave in particular. Then one day Heat
This book was ridiculously terrifying to me when I was eleven -- it isn't *quite* as nightmarish now, but it still holds up well. Moral of the story: When approached by tiny, waifish ghost girl who just wants to be your friend... run. Run like it's your job.
Just as creepy as when I was a kid. The kind of book that reminds me of what I like about ghost stories. Nothing over the top, just perfectly atmospheric and haunting. In some ways it reminds me of my favorite Disney movie from childhood.

Lauren Munoz
I haven't read this book for almost twenty years, but when my dad came across it and sent it to me, I had to check it out again.

As a child, I found this book terrifying. I remember reading it in bed at night with chills, even though I knew exactly what happened after the first time through.

As an adult, I found the book sort of annoying. The parents act like selfish fools (I would never forgive a stepparent who asked me what kind of little monster I was, for example), and the little girl at the c
Oh some days don't you wish were twelve again? Well, probably you don't, at least if you were like me. I was awkward and chubby and had all sorts of acne. Puberty is a biotch!

BUT...I remember my love for little gems such as Wait Till Helen Comes. Don't you love ghost stories? I love a ghost story. I love getting a little thrill from being afraid of what may or may not be lurking around the corner or in the dark. Not because I believe in ghosts, mind you. I sort of really scoff at the idea. Most
Title: Wait till Helen comes
Author: Mary Downing Hahn
Year: 2008 Pages: 184

Intended Audience: anyone who loves ghost stories
Main Issue: A little girl brings up a ghost from the grave.

Setting: The sitting at the old church just adds to the creepiness of the story
Description: Molly - 12 years old, oldest child; Michael - 10 years old, loves the outdoors; Heather - 7 years old, has psychopathic problems.

Summary: A family moved into the country in an old church with a graveyard in the backyard. One
Nov 01, 2010 Zak rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
Molly and her brother have a stepsister Heather which they don't like. They move to the a church which has a graveyard in the back. Heather finds a grave and starts to talk to imagined friend Helen ... Or is she? Well Heather get killed by Helen? Why does Heather hate her new family? What secret is she keeping? Is Helen real?

I really liked this book for the most part. The writing was great and the plot was pretty good for the most part. At first it's pretty boring but in the last quarter of it i
This book is amazing if you like thrillers this book is just that.
I thought it was great book because there was a lot of tention exciment and thrilling scenes i would reccomend this book to a lot of people. This book is about a family who move their children out of Baltimore for a better life. They move into a church they had three children Heather is the adopted one, Molly, and Michael they didnt like the idea of moving out of Baltimore. Just one day all of the three had their own activities to do during the day michael went out looking for bugs Molly just st ...more
May 30, 2013 Alex added it
The main characther in the story is Molly. Including her brother Michael, her mother, stepsister Heather, and her stepfather. Her mother gets married so they all move in the same home. When they move in, they find out their home was once a church, and they live on a graveyard. Molly and her brother have never got along with Heather because she always gets them in trouble by lying. Heather finds the graveyard very interesting because one the graves has the same initials as her own. The family sta ...more
Lauren Fidler
this book gave me nightmares as a small child and yet i reread it at least 97 times between the ages of 8 and 13. i think i still own a copy, actually...

re-read: december 3rd, 2011:

i forgot how much i hate heather in this book. yes, it's written in first-person from molly's POV, so, of course, we're supposed to hate heather, but dang! that girl is a witch!

and what's with parents marrying people that their children don't get along with? this plot point probably nagged me as a kid, but now, as a
Dec 30, 2007 Ibby rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes sort of scary books
Wait Till Helen Comes is a good scary story. I liked it a lot, even though I don't read a lot of scary stuff.

what it's about: a girl and her new younger stepsister move to the countryside, and they fight all the time. the younger stepsister is suddenly drawn in by a tombstone in the graveyard next to their house; the initials on the tombstone matches the little girl's. (sorry, I don't remember what the initials were!)
and so the story continues on as the stepsister uses her ghost friend for REVEN

Have you ever seen little kids speaking to themselves or talking to somthing it might be a GHOST then you should read this book it is scary lol. the genre of this book is suspance.I think this book is great it has a lot of detail of the setting and plot.It also shows you alot of the charactors back stories.

The setting of this book is in achurch that a family bought tthe people who used to live by the house has died in a fire.Heather is a little girl who causes trouble to her b
Kat Heckenbach
I really don't understand the great reviews on this. I gave up nearly half-way through. I honestly tried to read it--I read a lot of MG and YA books, so it's not that I didn't know what to expect. I felt the language was stilted. I didn't see all this beautiful description all the reviewers mention. All I saw was a lot of arguing, and parents who needed to be smacked up-side the head. The mom needed to grow a spine and the step-dad needed to wake up and see what a problem his daughter was. I und ...more
it is a good book because it has action and it is really exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!
i liked it a lot , but it was scary that is why i kept reading on .
So spooky! I listened to it and there were moments of true scariness as I was driving in my car. There are things that you could be critical about with this book: the characters could be a bit more fleshed out, the ending is a bit too neat, and I was really annoyed with the parents throughout, but that's looking with an adult critical eye. As a kid, I would have thought this book was perfect when I was looking for something truly spooky to read. It still holds up with only a few dated references ...more
I prayed for a captivating read, and while this book compelled me enough to read to the end, I had major issues. Am I spoiled much-better written ghost stories and children books? Perhaps, but it never did do the trick.

Never do I use reviews to tell you about books, something that could spoil or something you can see already a few clicks away, so let's get to it:

The characters: whiny, annoying, flat. I can understand these in the stepsister. Hahn does a great job in making me hate this little g
Ryleigh forist
The book wait till Helen comes is a good book because it keeps you wanting to read more. This book is about about a ghost named Helen. Molly & Micheal (main characters) have a step sister named Heather, ( also a main character)& Molly and Micheal hate Heather hates them to.

Helen is a lonely ghost that Heather can see. Helen & Heather end up getting attached to each other.
They become BEST FRIENDS & Molly knows about it. Mollys mother knows that she hates Heather so her mom tells
This book was really great, I loved the suspense it kept me in through out the whole book! I got really scared at some parts I could feel Helen in my room as i sat reading it (haha). This book is about Molly and her younger brother Micheal oh and of course Heather their younger step sister. When they move into a new house- with a graveyard in the back- things get a little strange, Heather stars saying weird things like: "just wait, wait till Helen comes you'll be sorry." The two don't believe h ...more
I read this book in grade school and it has stuck with me ever since. It it easily one of the scariest books I've read. Perhaps that is because I was extremely susceptible to its horror themes when I was younger, or perhaps it's because a young dead girl wants to coax little girls to their death by drowning them. Either way, this book was a fantastic, scary, edge-or-your-seat read.
This was my favorite book as a preteen! I just ran across a copy at the Book Loft in Columbus, OH and had to buy it. I loved this book so much I must have borrowed it from the public library a dozen times!

I'm a children's librarian. I often visit local schools. Last October, I had to more or less fill in for the media specialist at one of the elementary schools. These visits hadn't been going very smoothly, and I was scrambling for something to do. So I decided that a ghost story was just the t
Jennifer Lavoie
This book, when I first started it, made me so angry! Heather's actions towards Molly and Michael were something I could understand, having seen something similar first hand from an older step-sibling. However, Dave's reactions towards his daughter and his constant blame of the other kids angered me the most. Even Molly's mom took Heather's side often, and it frustrated me to no end. The story did end on a positive note, and when I found out why Heather acted the way she did, I not only understo ...more
I read this as part of a reading challenge (read your favorite book from when you were a kid). I remember loving the ghost story, but as an adult I can't believe how Molly's mom and stepdad guilted her into taking full responsibility for her seriously depressed younger step sister. "Molly, we're counting on you to watch Heather"... every day of the summer so we can work in our art studios. Have a nice summer!
Angel Gelique
This is a great mystery/ghost story for pre-teens. It is well-written and very entertaining. There are two siblings, Molly and Michael, who are coping with their mother's remarriage and relocation to a rural area. To add to their distress, they have a new stepsister, Heather, who is mean and cruel and never misses the opportunity to get them in trouble by manipulating her father. When Molly suspects that Heather has befriended a ghost, she does some probing and discovers that her stepsister may ...more
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