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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Tween (Tw); Reissue edition (Nov. 1 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380704420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380704422
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,314,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

PI Harper Blaine sees a strange shift in clientele in Richardson's dizzy urban fantasy debut. After being dead for two minutes as a result of a clobbering by an angry perp, Harper discovers icky side effects complicate her Seattle life in unexpected ways—she sees ghosts and attracts otherworldly business as she pops in and out of a shadowy overlapping world. Harper seeks the assistance of Ben Danziger, self-proclaimed "ghost guy" and linguistics professor, and his wife, Mara, a witty Irish witch. They educate Harper on the Grey, "a place between our world and the next." Harper tries to maintain a normal life, dating a sexy antiques expert while battling wits with Seattle's vampire king, but being a Greywalker means she can only "pass for human." Fast-paced fun, this first novel will captivate fans of Charmed, Buffy and Charlaine Harris (Definitely Dead). (Oct.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-7 Ghost story fans have a spooky treat in store with Hahn's eerie new novel. Molly, the 12-year-old narrator, and her brother Michael dislike their bratty 5-year-old stepsister Heather and resent the family move to an isolated converted church in the country. The adjourning graveyard frightens Molly, but Heather seems drawn to it. Molly discovers that the ghost of a child (Helen) who died in a fire a century ago wants to lure Heather to her doom. Molly determines to save her stepsister. In so doing, she learns that Heather's strange behavior stems from her feelings of guilt at having accidentally caused her mother's death by playing near a stove and starting a fire. Eventually, Molly wrests Heather from Helen's arms as the ghost attempts to drown them. The girls discover the skeletons of Helen's parents, and their burial finally puts to rest Helen's spirit. This is a powerful, convincing, and frightening tale. The details of everyday life quickly give way to terror. The pace never slackens. Characterization is strong, and descriptive passages set a mood of suspense. There should be a heavy demand from readers who are not "faint at heart." Judy Greenfield, Rye Free Reading Room, N.Y.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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By Megan on July 4 2004
Format: Paperback
This is an amazingly well-crafted ghost story. Spooky without ever being really scary, it is a good read for anyone of any age.
Molly's mother has remarried, and the new family (including Molly's brother Michael and new step-sister, Heather) moves out to the countryside so that the parents can have studio space. Heather, however, is a horrible little brat that tries to make Molly and Michael's a nightmare. Since she is younger than Molly or Michael, and still hasn't gotten over her mother's death, Molly and Michael always get blamed. Even when Heather starts claiming that she can see a ghost named Helen, who is coming to get Molly...
I have a very low fear tolerance, especially as a child, and still can't watch horror movies (Christine scared the living daylights out of me as a teenage, and I couldn't sleep for days), but I still love this book. I re-read it every year on Halloween for years, and I still enjoy reading it. Any child, teenager, or adult who likes ghost stories should definately pick this one up.
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By A Customer on May 25 2004
Format: Paperback
Wait Till Helen Comes is my favorite book. It has to do with three kids named Molly, Micheal, Heather who just moved into an old church and formed it in to a house. Behind the house is a cementary where Heather finds a stone with her intials on it. She then meets Helen a beloved friend who only gives and brings her danger. Molly and Micheal try to help Heather but she is si wrapped up into Helen that she refuses and wants to be with Helen. Heather adn Helen are related in a way because both of their moms died in a fire. Helen makes heather do bad stuff and make her self look like she didn't do it. Helen tells Heather that she wants her to go away with her because she actually loved her but really she only wants Heather to die and be with her in the after world. She tells her to walk inot the lake and that soon they will be together. Molly comes just int time to save Heather and help Helen reunite with her parents and be happy. Helen leaves with her parents and Molly and Heather and Micheal go home and live happly ever after.
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By A Customer on March 29 2004
Format: Paperback
I first read this book about 15 years ago. I've probably read it at least 50 times. It wasn't a book - it was an experience. I mean, how often does this happen - a stranger comes up to you because you're holding a book, says they knew they had to talk to you when they saw it, you bond over it and go on to be friends for years. That's what kind of book this is...!
This is a scary book. I wouldn't go near anything or anyone with the name "Helen" or "Harper" for years. This book also got me started reading the other books by Mary Downing Hahn. Every time I went to a library or bookstore, I immediately looked for new books by her.
I know my paperback is around here someplace (I remember the library hardcover's much nicer cover illustration...) but I haven't read it in a while. However, little bits of it or certain phrases from it pop up for me now and then... I think the book got so ingrained in me that I don't even notice it! Parts of it were so vivid and (fittingly) haunting - the link between the girls' names, the ruins of the house, the damage done to Molly and Michael's rooms, the creek that wound around through the forest and near the graveyard before finally leading to Harper Pond. Thinking about it still gives me chills.
Excellent... I can't recomend it enough.
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By A Customer on Nov. 7 2003
Format: Paperback
Book Title: wait til Helen comes
Author: Mary Downing Hahn
Number of pages: 184
Publisher and publication date: Houghton Mifflin company 1986
ISBN: 0-380-70442-0
Do you believe in ghost? Well if you don't than you will have a whole different look on things after you read wait till Helen comes. This book is based on a true ghost story and the way this story is told will thrill you and will keep you thinking about it for hours.
Heather had become Michael and Molly's sister after their mom married her dad. Heather is usually a brat to Michael and Molly and hardly has any friends. Until they move to a new place and Heather finds a new friend out in the graveyard. She has been dead for about a hundred years and her name is Helen. Her ghost is still around and she tries to get kids to go in a pond to drown. Molly is scared to death but for heather.
I believe that wait till Helen comes is one of the best books I've ever read in my life. This book has a really good plot and that is one thing that makes this book so great. Also this book really makes you think about real live situations. Also the thrill of this book makes the book a whole lot better.
The characters in Wait till Helen comes remind me of real live people. The reason why I think this is because Molly in this book finds everything very scary just like one of my friends. Heather thinks everything very interesting, which reminds me of another one of my friends.
Wait till Helen comes would be great for those who likes thrilling ghost stories or mystery. I don't think teenagers would really like this book probably people 9 through 13 would find this book very interesting. Also this book would be great for both genders and I think they should read it.
So like I said before do you believe in ghost? You will have a totally different opinion after you read this book. That is if you get too.
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