Wait Till Helen Comes
A Ghost StoryBook - 1987
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
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 pond...to 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...
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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.
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!
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