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Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story

Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story

Escrito por Mary Downing Hahn

Narrado por Ellen Grafton


Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story

Escrito por Mary Downing Hahn

Narrado por Ellen Grafton

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4.5/5 (51 valoraciones)
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3 horas
Publicado:
Feb 20, 2009
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9781423381204
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Twelve-year-old Molly and her ten-year-old brother, Michael, have never liked their younger stepsister, Heather. Ever since their parents got married, she's made Molly and Michael's life miserable. Now their parents have moved them all to the country to live in a house that used to be a church, with a cemetery in the backyard.

If that's not bad enough, Heather starts talking to a ghost named Helen and warning Molly and Michael that Helen is coming for them. Molly feels certain Heather is in some kind of danger, but every time she tries to help, Heather twists things around to get her into trouble. It seems as if things can't get any worse.

But they do-when Helen comes.

"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

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Sobre el autor

Mary Downing Hahn’s many acclaimed novels include such beloved ghost stories as Wait Till Helen Comes, Deep and Dark and Dangerous, and Took. A former librarian, she has received more than fifty child-voted state awards for her work. She lives in Columbia, Maryland, with a cat named Nixi.

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  • (5/5)
    This book is about a 13 year old girl who moves into a haunted house. Her mom gets married and she then has a little sister. Her little sister sneaks around to try to find rocks to collect when they find that their new house has a graveyard in the back. At that momennt the 10 year old sister meets a ghost named Helen. Helen then tries to drown her when the big sister saved her. This book is a really good scary book. I love all of the books Mary Downing Hahn writes. This book happens to be one of my favorite ones. If you want to read a scary book about ghosts, then i think you should read this book. Mary Downing Hahn writes alot of scary books so if you like this one, then you will like all the rest of hers too! I rate this book a 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. I rated it like that because there are some parts that are left hanging, and some that can be lead for a long time and not make sense.
  • (4/5)
    Scary, well-written: excellent portrayal of a step-family and the painful secrets behind a young child's cruel behavior. Realistic and compassionate. flag
  • (5/5)
    What can I say? There is no such thing as a bad ghost story from Mary Downing Hahn!
  • (5/5)
    This is about a little girl and her dad who marrys 2 kids mom but the little girl has a secret a really horrible secret that will drive you crazy as she goes along she annoys the butt out of her 2 siblings
  • (5/5)
    I fell in love with Mary Downing Hahn in the 90s, with Doll in the Garden and Time for Andrew. As fantastic as those are, they fall a bit short of Wait Till Helen Comes. It's possibly more of a young adult book because it is, simply, very scary! And so well written that it leaves most children's/YA books in the dust--or should I say in the grave? Here's the blurb: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 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....
  • (5/5)
    The book was okay but it could have been a little bit better. The story has a feeling that something like it happened before. It was a pretty played out thing
  • (5/5)
    This was my favorite book as a kid. I read it over and over; I can still recite lines from it. It really lit a fire in my imagination, for whatever reason. Blame this book for my enduring interest in ghost stories and the paranomal. But I wonder what I'd think of it if I re-read it as an adult? I'm almost afraid to try! (P.S: don't you love that girl's sweater on the cover?)
  • (3/5)
    This was a fairly satisfying ghost story, sure to provide thrills and chills to intermediate-level readers. Molly and Michael have a new stepsister, Heather, who is making their lives unpleasant. When Molly discovers Heather may be possessed by a ghost, she's got to figure out how to help her - before it's too late!I enjoyed it for what it was; I have to say that the blended-family dynamics probably played out more realistically than your average Brady Bunch episode; but the parenting still really bothered me in this book - Heather's dad is outright mean to Molly and Michael. I'd have a very hard time accepting his behavior from my spouse or from any interloping stepdad! But it sure ratcheted up the tension in the book, which I'm sure was the author's purpose.
  • (5/5)
    I think this book is scary, strange, some sweet part but it has very nice part and scary ones to I give it 5 stars!!!!
  • (4/5)
    Once I started this book I couldn't put it down. I read the whole thing in one night. It was really scary. Nothing really bad happens in the story but tales of the past are full of death and doom. A very good halloween read.
  • (5/5)
    Wait Till Helen Comes is a ghost story about a family that moves into a house connected to an old church. The cemetery behind the church holds the grave a young girl whose spirit is haunting one of the children which causes problems for the troubled new family. This novel was highly entertaining and a real page turner! The characters have a deep back story that is woven into the main storyline. The ghost story builds throughout the novel and leads up to a chilling ending. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys ghost stories and young adult novels!
  • (4/5)
    Very nicely done. I liked this a lot. Very scary. As much as I appreciate good children's books I can't truly erase the effects of the last few decades of living and know what they would have been like had I read them when young but I bet this would have been totally nightmare worthy if I were 10.
  • (4/5)
    Molly and Michael just can't get along with their new step-sister Heather. Heather's a brat who's always trying to get them in trouble no matter how nice they are to her. Things get worse when they move to a church in the country, because in their backyard is a graveyard and in the graveyard is a mysterious grave with Heather's initials on it. Soon Heather is being even brattier than usual and warning Michael and Molly that they better "wait 'til Helen comes" because then they'll be sorry. Only Molly believes that Heather is seeing a ghost named Helen and is in danger of being possessed. Is there really a ghost? Can Molly convince her family in time? Will she be able to save Heather? Does she even want to save the brat? Curl up with this spine-tingler to find out!

    I read this when I was in grade school, but this was much spookier than I remember it being. I'm actually surprised I read it considering how much I've always avoided scary movies and books. Re-read for 4th-6th Grade Book Club at the Algonquin Library - October 2008 selection.
  • (5/5)
    Molly and her brother, Michael, are not thrilled to be leaving Baltimore to live out in the country in a renovated church. Molly really is not excited to be sharing a bedroom with her stepsister, Heather. Heather is a sullen child who resents her new step-brother and sister and especially her new step-mother. When Molly finds out their new home includes an old cemetery, she is less than thrilled, but Heather seems to be drawn there. Molly soon discovers that Heather has a friend in the cemetery and she does not think it is the imaginary kind. Molly is convinced that this friend, Helen, is a ghost. After doing a bit of research, she is also convinced that Helen plans to kill Heather and she is determined to stop the ghost, no matter what.This is a good ghost story. It is just scary enough. And there is an excellent story about blended families and their issues as well as a lesson about the power of forgiveness. I am glad that I finally read this kid's ghost story. I will certainly be recommending it in the future.
  • (5/5)
    Great little story. Genuinely scary, a well crafted ghost fantasy. A first rate teen thriller. I have to add this to my favorites, 5 stars...
  • (5/5)
    Finally a copy of my own. Very well-written, remarkably scary book for the intended age group. Involves a not-so-happily blended family, and the struggles Molly has trying to adjust to a younger stepsister who is manipulative and spoiled. Hard enough to do with the interference of a ghost.
  • (5/5)
    After Mollie's Mother remarried, the family, including Mollie's brother Michael and new sister Heather, moves into the country so that the parents have studio room. Heather, however hates the idea and decides to make Mollie and Michael's life a horrible nightmare. Although she is the one causing the problems, since she is much younger and still trying to get over her mother's tragic death, the blame always seems to fall on Mollie and Michael. To make matters worse, Heather claims to see a ghost named Helen, and she is out for Mollie. This book would excite any reader, giving them a nice fright.
  • (4/5)
    I received this as a secret santa gift and while not my usual type of read I enjoyed it a lot. It's a ghost story aimed at younger readers, but don't let that put you off. It's well worth a read.
  • (4/5)
    This book is a quick read because it is certifiably scary. The story is told through the eyes of Molly, who does not get along at all with her creepy stepsister, Heather. When Molly's mother and father move the family (which includes Molly's brother Michael) out to the country, strange, paranormal events start to happen. Molly insists the series of events are taking place due to the fact that Heather communicates with ghosts, namely Helen, who happens to be the same age and have the same initials as Heather. Nobody believes Molly until things take a turn for the worst and she alone is left to save her stepsister's life.
  • (5/5)
    Love this book. Great ghost story but beware - it IS scary. I advice children to NOT read this before bedtime. It is very age appropriate for 4th or 5th grade through middle school. Every year students are comping at the bit to get to the ghost stories by Mary Downing Hahn and this one is always a favorite in my class. When former students come to see me, they always mention this book as one of their favorites.
  • (5/5)
    This book is "below" my reading level, but I've read it five times and love it every single time. It's creepy and suspenseful.
  • (4/5)
    Loved this in 5th grade!
  • (5/5)
    This book is about a 13 year old girl who moves into a haunted house. Her mom gets married and she then has a little sister. Her little sister sneaks around to try to find rocks to collect when they find that their new house has a graveyard in the back. At that momennt the 10 year old sister meets a ghost named Helen. Helen then tries to drown her when the big sister saved her.
  • (5/5)
    I'm on a nostalgia kick this morning, finding all these books I loved as a kid. I was really into ghosts when I was in elementary school, and this was one of my favorite books. I can still remember the entire plot!
  • (5/5)
    My favorite part of the book was when Molly and Heather were together near the end and they talked and were becoming sisters that loved each other
  • (4/5)
    Molly and her brother Michael have just moved to the country to live in a converted church with their mother, step father and their horrible new step sister Heather. Trying to get along with Heather is not easy, as the youngest of the family she constantly fights, lies, cries and tries to pressure her father into thinking that her new step-siblings are horrible to her when it’s really the other way around. When Molly finds out there is an old graveyard on the property she is uneasy, but when Heather starts going into the graveyard to talk to one of the graves and strange things start to happening, Molly is forced to confront her fears to protect her family from Heathers spooky new friend. This book is a really great ghost story designed for younger readers. The characters and family dynamics are very realistic, which makes the things they do and how they react to the various developments seem perfectly natural. The details that go into fleshing out the characters and the plot really make this story enjoyable, and when you add in the ghost, well, you’ve got yourself the prefect read for a dark and stormy night. This book was a YRCA winner in 1989.
  • (5/5)
    Heather hates Molly and Michael. Heather has no friends.Then she mets Helen the ghost and be friends with her. Because Heather hates Molly and Michael she use Helen to kill Molly and Michael. AND guess what happens????????? 
  • (3/5)
    I finally got around to reading this book that my students who are love ghost stories have been recommending to each other. It was a winner. Molly’s family including her mother, brother, Michael, her mom’s new husband, and bratty stepsister, Heather, move into an old church in the country. Her stepsister claims to talk to Helen, the ghost of a seven year old who died a hundred years ago. Heather insists that when Helen comes she will get even with Molly. Although she tried to help Molly’s mother and stepfather believe that she is trying to cause trouble for Heather. Mary Downing Hahn’s books are the perfect blend of terror and family problems. The characters are likeable and realistic. Several of my students have read every one of her books in our collection. This might be a fun book club choice a special scary book for Halloween.
  • (4/5)

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    This was my favorite book when I was younger. I've read it more times than I can count. I love how the two unwilling sisters become friends in the end, and learn to trust eachother. The ghost part is scary and sad. The idea of a little girl seeing a ghost, and that ghost is trying to lead the girl to her death so the ghost won't be alone. Ah, so sad. But, in the end, everything is worked out

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  • (3/5)

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    For a children's book (and a ghost story) this one had a lot of heart. If I read this as a child I would have probably been frightened by it a bit. It wasn't scary, but it did hold my attention and overall, the ending was alright. Quick children's read for people who like ghost stories. 6.5/10.

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