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Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story Paperback – April 21, 2008
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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
"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
"An unusually scary, well-crafted ghost fantasy." -- Kirkus Reviews
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This is a scary book. I wouldn't go near anything or anyone with the name "Helen" or "Harper" for years. This book also got me started reading the other books by Mary Downing Hahn. Every time I went to a library or bookstore, I immediately looked for new books by her.
I know my paperback is around here someplace (I remember the library hardcover's much nicer cover illustration...) but I haven't read it in a while. However, little bits of it or certain phrases from it pop up for me now and then... I think the book got so ingrained in me that I don't even notice it! Parts of it were so vivid and (fittingly) haunting - the link between the girls' names, the ruins of the house, the damage done to Molly and Michael's rooms, the creek that wound around through the forest and near the graveyard before finally leading to Harper Pond. Thinking about it still gives me chills.
Excellent... I can't recomend it enough.
Molly's mother has remarried, and the new family (including Molly's brother Michael and new step-sister, Heather) moves out to the countryside so that the artist parents can have studio space. Heather, however, is a horrible little brat that tries to make Molly and Michael's life a nightmare. Since she is younger than Molly or Michael, and still hasn't gotten over her mother's death, Molly and Michael always get blamed. Even when Heather starts claiming that she can see a ghost named Helen, who is coming to get Molly...
I have a very low fear tolerance, and still can't watch horror movies (Christine scared the living daylights out of me as a teenager, and I couldn't sleep for days), but I still love this book. I re-read it every year on Halloween for years, and I still enjoy reading it. Any child, teenager, or adult who likes ghost stories should definately pick this one up.
I liked the part when Heather got back the locket from Helen.But I didn't like that the only thing on the letter was don't forget me.But I wonder if Michael will beleve in Helen.
I think that the theme is love is strongest overall. In the book two charecters did horrible things.But they where forgiven by other charecters.So I think that love is strongest overall.
I think a lot of kids will find this story cathartic and moving and will benefit from its basic message, that parents (normal parents, I should stress) will love their children no matter what. I also think that it might help children to cope with feelings about death. One of the other reviewers criticized Molly's dark view of death, and while she had a point, I do think that the author realistically portrayed the fear and anguish that a child -- or anyone of any age, indeed -- would have when first having to confront mortality.
Now, the bad. Molly and Michael are realistically portrayed, but their parents and Heather are not. The message about a parent's unconditional love would be much more convincing if this particular mother and father had actually acted loving before the book's end. On the one hand, you have a man who spoils his daughter and is completely fixed on an obviously unrealistic view of her while at the same time refusing to do anything that would really help her, like send her to a counselor or try to facilitate a good relationship between her and her stepsiblings.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Always as favorite book of mine. Eerie and gripping to the reader. Recommend to anyone looking for a little otherworldly freighting.Published 9 days ago by nate
This was among my FAVORITE books when I was a child. I first read it when I was about seven years old after my librarian recommended this one due to the fact she knew I loved ghost... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
Read these books in 7th grade, bought them as an adult because I loved them so much! I feel like Im there as everything is happening like a fly on the wall!Published 2 months ago by Samantha Rose
I read this book nearly 30 years ago and the story has stuck with me all this time. It was my first foray into the horror genre and it set the bar high. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Christie S. Killey
My fifth graders love this book but I always warn them not to read it at night because it can be scary!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was sad for the 7 year old and I was scared at certain parts for her. I wasn't a huge fan because I am older and would be scared if that was my child. It ended well.Published 4 months ago by mshef
I liked the book it was a good book it was a ghost book and i liked it because it was interresting and it was a good book because it gives you clues kinda lf what happens with... Read morePublished 4 months ago by nicole