Beware Of HelenHeather Is Such A Whiny Little Brat Always Getting Michael And Me Into Trouble But Since Our Mother Married Her Father, We Re Stuck With Herour 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 With Her Family In A Mysterious Fire Over A Hundred Years Ago Now Her Ghost Returns To Lure Children Into The Pondto Drown I Don T Want To Believe In Ghosts, But I Ve Followed Heather Into The Graveyard And Watch Her Talk To Helen And I M Terrified Not For Myself, But For Heather

10 thoughts on “Wait Till Helen Comes

  1. says:

    JANUARYas part of my personal reading challenges for 2017, once a month i will be revisiting a favorite book from when i was a little bitty karen and seeing if it holds up to my fond memories and determining if i can still enjoy it as an old and crotchety karen.fingers first things first in answer to the question does this book hold up it does i mean, i read this book countless times in my childhood, so the plot is still emblazoned on my brain and the tension of what will happen next was obviously not a factor, but the risk of revisiting childhood favorites is that instead of giving feelings of sweet nostalgic warmth to the adult reader, the book will instead cause some harsh self scrutiny along the lines of how did i ever like such garbage baby karen s review this is a good story it is spooky and mysterious and it has a mean ghost i hated the part view spoiler where helen ripped up all of molly s books and smashed her glass unicorns hide spoiler

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    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 was real where ghosts weren t explained away by wind or pale but living creatures When I knew I liked this book, I was able to tell my librarians and get books that set my imagination free.I will always love this book.

  3. says:

    Sighthe good ghost stories that somehow passed me by as a kidwell, 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.

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    I was really enjoying this young adult ghost story until we got to the ending I wish Hahn had gone a different route, or at least made it that things were not wrapped up so smoothly Then again maybe I m a blood thirsty reader who wanted some murder and mayhem to occur Told in the first person, we follow 12 year old Molly as she and the rest of her blended family move from Balti to some random place in the country Right away Hahn causes all my sympathies to lie towards Molly and her 10 year old brother Michael Molly and Michael s mother Jean has remarried a man named Dave Dave has a 7 year old daughter named Heather Heather sucks I don t care about how Hahn tries to absolve that kid of some of the things that goes on, but nope She s awful Her father is too.Picture it, you re randomly just told that you and your brother and the rest of your blended family are moving out to the country There goes your summer of hanging out with your friends, the ability for you to participate at a lot of events Instead of you re getting moved to some old church so your mother and your stepfather can concentrate on their artistic endeavors Frankly I kind of hope the parents would meet a bad end in this book Because those two were probably two of the most selfish human beings ever They sucked as parents and even partners I just couldn t get over how Molly and Michael s mom just expected them to sit there and watch their terrible stepsister while she did things Also I m kind of baffled that they would move this family out somewhere randomly in the country that doesn t seem to have a school system set up to what the kids were used to Once the family settles into the old church, things start to happen They find out that they have a graveyard on their property, and a dilapidated home nearby as well Things take a turn for the worse when it appears that Heather seems to be talking to someone named Helen and Heather keeps threatening Michael and Molly that when Helen comes she s going to make them pay We have a lot of tension being built in the story as Molly starts to realize what s going on and nobody believes her But also there s tension because a family of five plopped down in the middle of nowhere is going to have a lot of issues especially when half of the family doesn t appear to like each other much.Molly is cast in the role of a modern day Cassandra that will not be believed no matter what is being shown to everybody around her Her brother Michael is a budding scientist and skeptic, and doesn t believe in ghosts He just believes that Heather s doing what she can to get a rise out of Molly The two parents are just oblivious and jerks and blame both Molly and Michael anytime Heather s upset about anything Frankly it would have done everybody a lot of good of Heather had just been turned over somebody s knee and spanked, but there you go And Heather is at turns dishonest, shows jealousy and just general jerkitude about everything that s going on I did like the writing and thought that Hahn did a very good job of setting the mood so to speak The illustration was pretty cool to look at at the beginning of the book that showed the layout of the church, the graveyard, Harper House, and the pond that is nearby The flow was okay, though after the first couple of incidents you just kind of want the story to get on already But this is a really short book and you can easily complete it in about an hour This is definitely a good book to read on a rainy day or at night right before you go to bed I have already said though I did find the ending to be just blah I think Hahn could have gone for maximum horror effect if she had just decided to change the ending up and this would have easily been a five star book in my mind.

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    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 worthless every character except for Molly and Heather were The parents were exceptionally terrible we pulled you out of your wonderfully educational summer programs to move to the country to work on our art, find something else to do also, take care of your deeply troubled stepsister, and anything she does will be your fault because it s now your responsibility parents OUT No You can t just put all the responsibilities of taking care of your OWN KID on YOUR OTHER KID Bad parenting Stop making clay pots and sort your shit out.Michael, too, was a joke He spent most of the book running off to collect bugs and leaving Molly to deal with Heather on her own when she s clearly EXTREMELY UPSET and totally needs his help.The overall plot of the Helen stuff was pretty interesting, for a middle grade, but I think the selfish horrible family members really ruined the book for me I truly wish I d read this as a kid when my aunt first gave it to me, but I m glad I ve at least finally checked it off my list.

  6. says:

    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.

  7. says:

    Read in one sitting Really great middle grade ghost story I d give this one a 3.5 star rating Full review to come.

  8. says:

    Read this one aloud to my students again.Nothing gets the blood chilling like ghost children Shiver

  9. says:

    This book is a bit childish and the only reason why it holds my interest for an hour or two is because Heather annoys me I want pinch her cheeks.

  10. says:

    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 Heather pushes Molly down a wellJK Lol, but you do need to read this book to find out the rest. NO No one falls or gets pushed down a well PEACE MeReDiTh