Book Reviews of Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story (Avon Camelot Books)

Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story (Avon Camelot Books)
Wait Till Helen Comes A Ghost Story - Avon Camelot Books
Author: Mary Downing Hahn
ISBN-13: 9780380704422
ISBN-10: 0380704420
Publication Date: 11/2/1987
Pages: 192
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 48 ratings
Publisher: HarperTrophy
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story (Avon Camelot Books) on + 37 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
I remember reading this book when I was a pre-teen. It is an excellent book for that age group!
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Helpful Score: 3
I read this book because my daughter was reading it and wanted me to read it with her. I found it to be very interesting even though written for a much younger age than myself. A very good ghost novel.
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Helpful Score: 3
A favorite ghost read for Elementary school level readers! It is a nice ghost story with the right amount of spooky in it for a younger reader, but not enough chills to stir up nightmares.
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Helpful Score: 3
Twelve year old Molly and her ten 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 that their parents have moved them all to the country to live in a house that used to be 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 ever time she tried 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.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a good easy read story of a ghost who lures children into a pond to drown.
"A powerful, convincing, and frightening tale...Ghost-story fans have a spooky treat in store" School Library Journal Starred Review.
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Helpful Score: 2
I remember reading this book as a child, and enjoying the story. I read my copy the day I received it and it was everything that I remember it to be. I recommend this book to anyone with children or anyone that just enjoys a good story.
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Let me tell you â the mother and father annoyed me a fair bit in the beginning and throughout the book even. I understand wanting to do your own thing, but these kids are only 7, 10, and 12. Maybe back then it was normal to consider them able to make decisions even a teen might struggle with. Seriously, snakes. Also, believing in your own children, but still being able to see their faults⦠Well, I could go on.

Anyway, this book is a good example of parents or adults not believing kids because of their age. It's not just about the ghost thing, but also about the deal with Heather. I was hoping for an apology to Molly and maybe Michael in the end, but the end of the book made that useless because of the circumstances. I actually forget about that until I started writing this. But I got pretty frustrated at how people were treating Molly, even though I could understand to some extent their reasoning for not believing her. I like that in a book though, if it can make me frustrated as long as I'm still enjoying it.

At one point, Molly was thinking about death and I swear I felt like burrowing in a hole and crying. The way she thought of it was so touching and frightening.

There were a couple of grammar mishaps I happened to catch, just a couple.

I was very glad about the happy ending. I wish the author had gone into a bit more detail about Heather's change, but overall it was good.
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Wait Till Helen Comes was popular when I was a child (about a million years ago -- ok, maybe about 20 years ago), and I remembering feeling both intrigued and horrified by the ghostly Helen. This is one of the books that planted the horror fiction seed in my mind, and I'd recommend it for 8-12 year old girls who enjoy supernatural tales but aren't quite ready for YA.
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A good book to read. Only thing I wasn't happy with is that it was a little short read compared to other's I've read. All in all a good little book.
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I LOVED this book when I was a kid. I don't know how many times I read it!
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BEWARE OF HELEN-
Heather is brat-she gets Michaell and his siter int trouble. But since their mother married her father, they are stuck with her. Something terrible happens--ghosts
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From the cover - Heather is such a whiny little brat. Always getting Michael and me into trouble. But since our mother married her father, we're stuck with her... our "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 out home- a girl names Helen who died with her family in a mysterious fire over a hundred years ago. Now her ghost returns to lure children into the pond... to drown! I don't want to believe in ghosts, but I've followed Heather into the graveyard and watched her talk to Helen. And I'm terrified. Not for myself, but for Heather...