I remember reading this book when I was a pre-teen. It is an excellent book for that age group!
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.
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.
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 faultsâ¦ 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.
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.
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
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...