Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story

Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story

by Mary Downing Hahn


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Ghost story master Mary Downing Hahn spins a suspenseful yarn about two children who dislike their malicious younger stepsister, Heather—and tensions that escalate when Heather starts talking to a ghost named Helen.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547028644
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/21/2008
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 36,737
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Mary Downing Hahn is the best-selling author of more than twenty award-winning books for young readers, including Stepping on the Cracks, which won the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. Anna on the Farm is the follow-up to Anna All Year Round, both based on the author’s mother’s memoirs about growing up in Maryland pre-World War I.

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"A ghost story par excellence in which a difficult seven-year-old is drawn into a frightening relationship with the ghost of a dead child." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

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Wait till Helen Comes 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 686 reviews.
Ashley96 More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book!!!! It is Amazing!! The story is wonderful, Amazingly Written, and scary. Mary Downing hahn is an Amazing writer, trust me, READ THIS BOOK!!!!! Amazing book!!!
TreesinBrooklyn More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was the first Mary Downing Hahn book I read and it got me hooked on her ghost stories. Now she is my favorite author and Wait Till Helen Comes is still my favorite Mary Downing Hahn book. It is about a girl who has a really bratty stepsister...but then her sis starts acting weird. This isn't one of those "Friendly Ghost" stories, I assure you. But it also doesn't leave you wondering about Helen, and why in the world she would do all those things. Everyone had a story and it made for a chilly but warming (sort of warming...at the end) novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wait til Helen Comes is about a girl named heather whose mother died in a fire years ago. Now her father is married to Jean who has two kids, Michael and Molly. Heather tells lies to her father to get them in trouble. Heather is a hateful little girl and hard to get along with. Yet she makes a ghost friend when they move into a church. This book teaches you an important lesson about being friends and being brave when something bad is about to happen. I liked this book because it is scary. This book is great for you if you want to be scared. Check it out!!!
seattle1985 More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this when I was about 12 or so, I have been looking for it ever since (so about 11 years). I couldn't remember the name up until I saw it mentioned in a BN book club. Anyway, this book scared the living daylights out of me, but in such a good way. It's got to be one of the best ghost stories for younger girls I have ever read. I am actually considering ordering it and rereading it, since my copy is long gone. If you are a girl in the age range of 9-13 (depending on your maturity), or you are buying for one, and you are looking for a great scary story, this is totally it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On a scale of 1 to 10 this book was an 11! It takes a few chapters to get into it but once you do it is a really exciting mystery. I like reading about ghosts and mysteries so I loved this book. The book also had a happy ending and I like that too. Added by Mom: The book is not too scary - but there is a real ghost in it - and has some good points for discussion - about why people do things and about forgiveness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book just played a little movie in my mind. I wish that anybody could have this book! I almost thought that this story could happen in the real world. this book is about how these two sisters deal threw not talking to each other then everything changes when Helen comes to ruin all of the family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. It had great detail. Not only that, but it went really smooth. It really fritened me, I felt like it was a movie. It really got me thinking, I asked myself lots of Questions like is there really such things as ghosts? or like How do the charictors feal in this posistion? or are the charictors worried? All I have to say is this book is one of the best books I have ever read, after 'Someone Like You'.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am pretty picky about ghost storys. I did not really know if i would like it or not, but i read it and WOW it is now my all time favorite book. I can really relate to Molly too!! I WOULD RECOMENDED FOR AGES: 8_ 12 love this book!!!
WhitneyRosie More than 1 year ago
This book is really good! Most of it is action and spine-chilling, but the only part I don't like is how mch of a brat Heather is, even when I found out why, I still really didn't like her. If you're interseted in ghost books, this is the book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mary is a amazing book writer. After I read the first page of this book I was so into this book. Ghost stories are my type of books. Keep writing ghost stories Mary!!!!!!
sandy_pandy401 More than 1 year ago
One of three of my all time favorite books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was more than great!It was just creepy enough.If you are looking for a book you can't put down,GET IT!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this and I absolutely loved it! If you are interested in spirits/ghosts then you will love this book like I did :).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so scared for Molly and Heather I almost cried. It is a great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 5th grade teacher read this book to us and it was awesome it is an edge of ur seat kind of book. Get it get it not a waste of money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We are readingtihs in class and we watgced the trailer i was so scared
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg i love this book i couldnt put it down once i started it! Such an intence mystery!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!! You have to read it. Press yes if you agree.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i just finished reading this book for my second time, and it is still such a great book. It's the type of book that you just dont want to put down! It is a great story about a 12 year old girl Molly. Molly has a brother, and now that Molly's mom married Dave, Molly has a step sister, Heather. When this family moves out in the country in a house that used to be a church and a graveyard in the backyard, Molly gets scared. But more fear is to come when Heather says there is a ghost, Hellen, who is Heather's friend, and is now going to come get revenge on Molly and her brother for all the things they have done to Heather. So, just WAIT TILL HELEN COMES!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!! Once i opened the book there was no stopping me till i was done i love the way she describes a sceen when u keep reading it you just read it faster and faster like your actually there!! It an awesome book you should really read it!!!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4 anone who hasnt read it... READ IT!!!!! ITS SO AMAZING!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG!!! I love this book sooo much! Trust me you have to read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of hahns best books it kept me guessing til thee end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best ghost story ever!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book