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Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story | [Mary Downing Hahn]

Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story

Twelve-year-old Molly and her 10-year-old brother, Michael, have never liked their younger stepsister, Heather. Ever since their parents got married, she's made Molly and Michael's life miserable. Now their parents have moved them all to the country to live in a house that used to be a church, with a cemetery in the backyard. If that's not bad enough, Heather starts talking to a ghost named Helen and warning Molly and Michael that Helen is coming for them.
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Publisher's Summary

Twelve-year-old Molly and her 10-year-old brother, Michael, have never liked their younger stepsister, Heather. Ever since their parents got married, she's made Molly and Michael's life miserable. Now their parents have moved them all to the country to live in a house that used to be a church, with a cemetery in the backyard.

If that's not bad enough, Heather starts talking to a ghost named Helen and warning Molly and Michael that Helen is coming for them. Molly feels certain Heather is in some kind of danger, but every time she tries to help, Heather twists things around to get her into trouble. It seems as if things can't get any worse.

But they do - when Helen comes.

©2008 Mary Downing Hahn; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Genuinely scary, complete with dark secrets from the past, unsettled graves, and a very real ghost." (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)

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    AppleCrazy 07-12-14
    AppleCrazy 07-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Read but don't listen to this book.."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I liked this story as a kid. I came across it again by accident and downloaded it for my kids. It's a bit dated but still as spooky as I remember. I'm not sure how my kids will react. I was hoping the audible would give it more effect but it ruined the entire story.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Mary Downing Hahn? Why or why not?

    Definitely. I read most of her books as a kid.


    What didn’t you like about Ellen Grafton’s performance?

    She was very stiff and a bit shrilly at times. I would rather listen to Neil Gaiman recite the telephone book than listen to her again. Nicola Barber who read Spirit Animals 1 was great. If you got her to read "Wait Till Helen Comes," I would definitely listen to it again. Now, I'm looking for away to return the audible and get my money back.


    What character would you cut from Wait Till Helen Comes?

    The parents.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book. Lousy audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Sunde SANDY, UTAH, US 09-23-13
    Joshua Sunde SANDY, UTAH, US 09-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "All Ages"
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    My teacher read this book to me when I was a kid and since I've read it on my own and also to my children. I love this story.

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    Amazon Customer 07-26-13

    Teacher, reader, listener! I am a southern lady with conservative views.

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    "Love It!"

    This was one of my favorite books when I was in elementary school! I remember rereading it, so that I could feel the eerie suspense again and again. Now I am a teacher, and shared the book with my fifth and sixth grade students. They absolutely loved it! Even my male students, who are usually hard to motivate when it comes to reading, were hanging on each word!

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    Michael Spanaway, WA, United States 05-23-13
    Michael Spanaway, WA, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "So Disappointing..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone under the age of 15 would probably really enjoy this book.


    What was most disappointing about Mary Downing Hahn’s story?

    The narrator was a child and it made the entire book sound like a child had written it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    If an adult would have narrated it, it may have been more believable.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Just disappointment. I was really looking forward to a good ghost story.


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