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Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-08-15 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 457 user ratings
ISBN:0547028644
LANGUAGE:English

"Molly and Michael's mother remarries and the family moves to the country to live in an old renovated church. Trying to adjust to their new life is hard enough. Dave, their step-father, spoils his daughter, Heather. Heather constantly tries to cause trouble for Molly and Michael. Things start to get out of control when she claims that the ghost of Helen is there, and she does not like them! Molly believes in the ghost of Helen, especially when bad things start to happen!

I read this book in elementary school and recently reread it. There is a definite eeriness to the story. I recall being spooked by it as a child. Reading it as an adult was still a lot of fun! Heather is a brat. She found ways to manipulate everything around her and had her father wrapped around her little finger. Dave, the step-father, was the perfect example of step-parenting gone wrong. He blamed everything on Molly and Michael and treated Heather like a fragile doll. (Funny how as an adult these are things I pick up on in the story!)

Molly was a good lead character, being likable and willing to see the best in people even when they are at their worst. She was very frustrated with Dave and Heather and claimed to hate them at times, yet when it came down to it, she felt sorry for Heather as well and wanted to help her more than anything. Michael was the practical minded younger brother. He believed in science, not ghosts, and looked for a logical explanation to the mystery of Helen.

I had to chuckle at the reference to Romper Room and Molly's listening to cassette tapes on her Walkman. This is definitely a book of the 1980s, but I think the story has enough to keep readers of today interested. Although, I do wonder how many kids will scratch their heads and wonder what a cassette is?
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"Molly and her brother Michael really aren't keen on the idea of moving to an old renovated church in the country with their mom and new stepdad, and especially not with their malicious little stepsister, Heather. But move to the country they do, and when Molly realizes that there's a creepy old graveyard adjacent to their church, she's none too pleased. Before long Heather starts to behave strangely and making ominous threats about her new friend Helen. Molly never thought she was a scaredy-cat before, but it might be time to start believing in ghosts.

This was another grab-off-the-Halloween-display-shelf find, just because it looked spooky from the cover -- and I should mention, once I looked it up and realized when it came out and what the cover art used to look like I totally remember this book. I don't know that I ever actually read it, but I remember thinking it looked intriguing and a little scary at the time. Well, as it turns out, it was intriguing and a little scary even now! (Though the original cover art definitely has that dated look to it.) It's a tidy little ghost story, just right for younger readers but interesting enough to keep me turning pages and surprised. There's just a handful of characters, and the plot moves along nicely, with plenty of eerie happenings and infuriating misunderstandings (but seriously, couldn't Molly have had ONE ally??). It even managed to get a little mixed-family drama in there without being heavy-handed about it, and does pretty well with subplots about growing up and sisters learning to get along. It was written a few decades ago, but it actually holds up really well and doesn't seem dated in the writing or story at all.

This ghost story is written and appropriate for younger readers, but kept my interest pretty well too. It has a nice tone and good atmosphere, it builds really well and doesn't disappoint when the event hinted at in the ominous title manifests itself. It was a really fun Halloween read.
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" Diana ocegueda
Wait till Helen comes
BY:Mary Downing Hahn

SPOILER ALERT!!!!! DO you like ficton books?I do especioly realistic fiction.Wait till Helen comes is a realistic fiction book.It is also a very suspenceful Story and intresting.

The setting in my story was a church whit a grveyard in the back yard this is important because this is where the charecters spend most of their time.The main charecters in this story are Helen who is a ghost,Hether who is a 7 year old girl,Molly who is Hethers step sister,Michel who is molly brother,Dave who is Hethers dad,and Jene who is Molly and Michels mom.Also the conflict in this story is person vs supernatrull.The them of the story is ghost.The story is about a family who move to the country and has a Grave yard in their backyard.One day Hether gose to the grave yard and meet a ghost who is named Helen they become good friends but thene Molly is afraid because Hether says Helen will come for Her and Michel.MOlly is worried about Hether and feels shee is in danger because Helen is tring to harm her.BUt every time Mlly tries to warn Hether,Hether twist things to get Molly in to trouble.it semms likke thigs cant get any worts but they do when Helen shows up.

The title relate to the book by adding abit of suspence because you dont know who Helen is but you want to find out who she is and who or what she is going to come for.For example after i read the book i realised Helen was a ghost.Also Hether keept saing Helen was coming to get michel and Molly.

I thought the ending of the book was so touching because Hether and Molly hated eachother but at the end whene Hether was about to dround in the pond because of Helen Molly had a choise to save her or let her die and shee desided to help her littel stepsister.After that Molly and Hether became so nice to one another and Helen found her parents who had forgiven her for causing their death.

The rating i would give this book would be 5-5 stars because it was a very touching and suspenfull story i loved it.I would recomend this book to people who like scary story but also like abit of love and sadness.Thes were afew resons why you should read the book Wait till Helen comes it is the best book ever!!!!!!!!.
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"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." said.

" it is a good book because it has action and it is really exciting!!!!!!!!!!!! " said.

"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 REVENGE-dun dun dunnnn.
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"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 understand there is some reconciliation in the end, but I just couldn't get that far because I found the writing boring and the pacing far too slow, without real character development. I have a daughter who fits the age range for this book, but I would not want her reading it." said.

" This book is amazing if you like thrillers this book is just that. " said.

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