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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.

©1986 Mary Downing Hahn (P)2008 Brilliance Audio. Produced by special arrangement with Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

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Great for family listening

We listened to this on a family trip. All four of my kids, ages 6-13 loved it, and so did my husband and I! I liked the narrator, I thought it was appropriate because of the young sounding voice. The story is from the pov of a12 year old girl. Nicely done! Great story.

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I'M A READER,NOT A LISTENER. BUT I GAVE IT A SHOT

Call me silly but I listened to this children's book and for me, the overall experience was terrific! Though the story line is simple and some may find it cliché, the narrator did a great job delivering every characters' lines, and that's all that matters. Sometimes, for a reader like me and not used to listen to audiobooks, it depends on the narrator if I will continue or not no matter how good the story line is. The narrator should be engaging and know how to switch his/her voice to match the characters personality the way the listeners would feel the emotion. And Ellen Grafton did an amazing job! Looking forward to hear from her more narrating Mary Downing Hahn's stories.

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Flashback!

I enjoyed flashing back to my youth. When I was young, I was terrified of this book and had nightmares. But I loved it then and I enjoyed it now as an adult. I doubt I'll listen to it again, but I'm glad I bought it and listened to it. The narrator did a great job, even though it did take me a bit to get used to her voice.

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I love this book

I loved this book as a little girl and I still do now. This author manages to put just the right amount of suspense and creepiness without making it to scary. I plan on my future kids and grandkids being able to pluck this book from my bookshelf and read it themselves one day. I can't wait to share it.

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Gave me goosebumps several times

It's a classic type story and I am an easy scare. Frustrating adults but I guess that's part of the deal.

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Best Book Ever

Wait till Helen comes is one of the best books I’ve ever read. I love how you can picture it in your mind.

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best childhood book

I was so happy to listen to my favorite elementary school book. I shared this with my children. Thank you.

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Childhood Favorite

This book gave me chills when I was in the 5th grade 30 years ago! Listening to it now, as an adult, gave me the same excited chills! So wonderful to reconnect with a long lost childhood memory.

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One of my favorite story’s for sure

Great story great story great story great story ong great story fuck great story great story amazing interesting me