Eighth grader Alexandra Martinez recommends. . .

Helen Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn

Have you ever felt like there’s a ghost next to you or near someone you know? Well that’s what happens in Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story written by Mary Downing Hahn. I really liked this book because it makes you feel like you are in the book with the main characters.

The story stars with Molly’s family moving to the country side. Molly and her brother Michael’s mom gets remarried with Dave. Dave has a little girl named Heather, but when Molly and Michael try to give love to Heather, she changes everything around. After about a month or so Heather starts talking and seeing a ghost named Helen. When Helen comes she makes Molly’s and Michael’s lives miserable.

Molly is a very young girl that goes through a hard thing when a parent dies or they get divorce, and mom gets remarried with Dave. Molly’s personality is calm and happy, but when Heather starts talking about Helen, she becomes scared about everything in their house. Michael’s (Molly’s brother) personality is calm and active about everything. He is always telling Molly that she’s crazy about seeing a ghost. Heather’s personality is kind of weird because she changes everything around, so it’s hard to understand her personality but she is serious about things and very selfish, always wants her dad (Dave) with her all the time.

Some main messages in the book are not to mess with a younger person than you or they would make your life more miserable than it already is. One quote in the book shows how Heather is making Molly and Michael’s life miserable. “I told you she would make you sorry! The next time it would be much much worse you just wait.”

I like how my author makes everything unique. Mary Downing Hahn makes you feel like you are right there with the characters. I like the word choice that Mary Downing used for example “just as I was hovering on the edge an nice dream about our neighborhood, I heard Heather’s bed creak and on the floor.” She used first person in the book to make it sound like the character is saying everything to you.

These are some reasons you should read this book. Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story won the Young Readers Choice Award in 1995. If you want to, read some other books of Mary Downing Hahn, also winners of some other medals.


Several of Alexandra’s classmates have also allowed us to publish reviews of what they’re currently reading.  And for recommendations from kids of all ages, check out our Kids Recommend section.


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