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Wait till Helen comes : a ghost story
Hahn, Mary Downing.
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Publication Information:
New York : Avon Books, 1987.

Physical Description:
184 pages : map ; 19 cm
Molly and Michael dislike their spooky new stepsister Heather but realize that they must try to save her when she seems ready to follow a ghost child to her doom.
General Note:
"An Avon Camelot book."
Reading Level:
750 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.6 5.0 596.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 4.7 8 Quiz: 12173 Guided reading level: U.

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X Juvenile Fiction Classics

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Beware of Helen...

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 our home -- a girl named Helen who died with her family in a mysterious fire over a hundred years ago. Now her ghost returns to lure children into the drown! I don't want to believe in ghosts, but I've followed Heather into the graveyard and watch her talk to Helen. And I'm terrified. Not for myself, but for Heather...

Author Notes

Mary Downing Hahn grew up in College Park, Maryland. After graduating college, she worked as an art teacher, a college instructor, and a children's librarian in Prince George's Public Library System. She published her first novel, The Sara Summer, at the age of 41. Since then, she has been a full-time writer and averages one book a year. Her ghost story Wait till Helen Comes was the winner of 12 state children's book awards and she received the Scott O'Dell award for her World War II novel Stepping on the Cracks. She currently lives with her husband in Columbia, Maryland.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 5-6. A ghost story extraordinaire is one way to bring on the chills and tingles of Halloween. Another choice, more closely tied to the holiday, is Ray Bradbury's Halloween Tree, where some children travel through time to learn the origins of the festivities.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-Mary Downing Hahn's haunting tale (Clarion, 1986) is the story of 12-year-old Molly, her 10-year-old brother Michael, and stepsister Heather, a 5-year-old brat. Molly and her family move to the country to live in a converted church in the middle of nowhere. Their home comes with its own graveyard (complete with a grave the caretaker has never noticed before) as well as an old burned-down husk of a house. Even worse, tales and sightings of unexplained beings have been told behind closed doors for years by the residents. Helen, a sinister ghost, lures Heather from her family with claims of eternal friendship and happiness, and it's up to Heather to rescue her. Ellen Grafton's voicing of Molly and the other characters is spot-on. This eerie, sinister, powerful tale will entrance listeners.- Amy Olson, formerly Lexington Public Library, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.