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Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn
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Oct 11, 2011

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A lot of students seem to gravitate to this book: spooky cover, spooky title, and a truly scary ghost story. It's been around since 1986, but the story is pretty timeless. Michael and Molly move with their mother, step-father, and his daughter to an old church in the country. The parents feel it has the makings of a perfect home for the family. Of course, there is a graveyard behind the church. There is also considerable tension between the step-daughter, Heather, who resents her father's love for her new mother, and her new family. Heather is younger than Michael and Molly and does everything she can to make them look bad to her father. She hates to share his attention. Heather also finds a friend in a ghost, Helen, a young girl who is buried in the graveyard behind their house. Molly is able to see the ghost, but everyone else thinks Molly is just so afraid of ghosts that she imagines the whole thing. Scary things happen in the book, which makes it a great read for Halloween and perfect for middle school.

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