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Twelve-year-old Molly and her ten-year-old brother, Michael, have never liked their seven-year-old 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.

Library Binding, 184 pages
Published on November 1, 1987 by Perfection Learning
ISBN-10: 0812456408
ISBN-13: 9780812456400
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  • galaxynails_101
    galaxynails_101Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 7:58 pm55 stars
    This is the best horror author I have ever read. I love this book sooooo much. It is a great book. You should definitely go look for it.
    • bookstory13
      bookstory13Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 5:44 pm55 starsFeatured
      Wait Till Helen Comes brings me a delightful shiver every time I read it! I really like the author Mary Downing Hahn because she writes kid's ghost stories. Molly and Michael live with their terrible new stepsister, Heather. When their parents move out into the woods, things turn from bad to worse. Molly is sure something supernatural is up: how couldn't there be, they live next to a graveyard! Then Molly has the most horrifying experience in her life: she watches Heather become best friends with a ghost. She tries to help Heather, but the master of the mouth always makes it look like Molly is hurting her! One night things go too far: the house is in ruins, and then Heather turns up missing! Where did she go? The only way to know: to read the book! --BKS
      • wiccanbat666
        wiccanbat666Monday, July 2, 2018 at 12:38 pm55 stars
        This is a bone-chilling goodie, too. Everything I love in a ghost story: creepy little girls, hidden graves, faces in windows, crumbling ruins in the woods, even a dark and murky pond. Brrrrr!! A bit dated, but none-the-less, a gem of a read right before Halloween
        • Sally .s.Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 11:34 am
          It is really spectacular beacause it is really scary and I love scary books😀
          • peaches21
            peaches21Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 9:03 am
            i read the other ones and they r good
            • emojis_rule_202
              emojis_rule_202Friday, March 17, 2017 at 11:27 am
              I really want to read this book, but I haven't.
              • ElephantLover1Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 9:04 am
                This book is suspenseful it makes you wait to see what happens so you just want to keep reading it! I loved this book! It is the best book I've ever read. The author Mary Downing Haun is my favorite author. She writes the best books! I read Wait till helen comes 8 times cause the first couple times i read the book it was really good, but when i read it after that i realized i missed a lot of details!
                • princessdope
                  princessdopeSunday, November 6, 2016 at 4:49 am
                  This author is awesome! This book seems great ! I want to read it so bad!
                  • soccergirl43
                    soccergirl43Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 3:50 pm
                    O M G ! This book is so good I read it with my fourth grade teacher . Mary downing Hahn is a great author and has written more great books
                    • princessdope
                      princessdopeSunday, November 6, 2016 at 4:50 am
                      I agree! Have you read her new book " Took" ?
                    • soccerlover1511
                      soccerlover1511Friday, September 16, 2016 at 12:56 pm
                      This book is amazing love the author too