Thursday, August 15, 2013

STUDENT REVIEW - Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn

Wait Till Helen Comes
By Mary Dowling Hahn
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1986
192 pages (paperback)

Since its publication in 1986, the deliciously frightening novel Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story has not only haunted countless readers, it has also won 11 state book awards. The spine-chilling tale begins when 12-year-old Molly and her 10-year-old brother Michael learn they’ll be moving to a refurbished old church in rural Maryland with their mother’s new husband Dave and their younger stepsister Heather. Heather is an insufferable brat, but that turns out to be the least of the family’s worries. When she strikes up a friendship with Helen, the malevolent ghost of a seven-year-old girl who died in a mysterious fire more than 100 years ago, things really heat up… and Heather’s unsettling threat "Wait till Helen comes" becomes a grim reality. (from

It scared me, but not too much. If it was longer it would be more interesting. Yes, [I would recommend this book] because it is really good for the horror genre.
--Isabella S.

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