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Beware of HelenHeather is such a whiny little brat Always getting Michael and me into trouble But since our mother married her father, we re stuck with herour 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 pondto 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 Read this one aloud to my students again.Nothing gets the blood chilling like ghost children Shiver JANUARYas part of my personal reading challenges for 2017, once a month i will be revisiting a favorite book from when i was a little bitty karen and seeing if it holds up to my fond memories and determining if i can still enjoy it as an old and crotchety karen.fingers crossed.so first things first in answer to the question does this book hold up it does i mean, i read this book countless times in my childhood, so the plot is still emblazoned on my brain and the tension of what will happe JANUARYas part of my personal reading challenges for 2017, once a month i will be revisiting a favorite book from when i was a little bitty karen and seeing if it holds up to my fond memories and determining if i can still enjoy it as an old and crotchety karen.fingers crossed.so first things first in answer to the question does this book hold up it does i mean, i read this book countless times in my childhood, so the plot is still emblazoned on my brain and the tension of what will happen next was obviously not a factor, but the risk of revisiting childhood favorites is that instead of giving feelings of sweet nostalgic warmth to the adult reader, the book will instead cause some harsh self scrutiny along the lines of how did i ever like such garbage baby karen s review this is a good story it is spooky and mysterious and it has a mean ghost i hated the part view spoiler where helen ripped up all of molly s books and smashed her glass unicorns hide spoiler and i think heather should have been punishedbecause she was such a brat the whole time.the adult review of this iscritical, andfocused on one particular element terrible parenting there will probably also be spoilers reading this as a kid, the adult characters were inessential they had no purpose other than as representations of the unfairness of the world they don t believe that the ghost is real, or that heather is a manipulative little monster, and the children suffer because of their unwillingness to listen believe.but adult me is horrified with how irresponsible these people are if you recall, molly 12 and michael 10 are siblings whose mother jean has just remarried a man named dave who has a seven year old daughter named heather heather s mother died in a fire when she was three and she they had been living with her grandmother until this union brought everyone under one roof in balti suddenly, jean announces that in three months, the whole brood will be moving to the country, into a renovated church with space for jean to paint and dave to have a pottery workshop so, in the throes of newlywed bliss and arts n crafts mania, they pick up stakes and move to the middle of nowhere, despite both children having made wholesome, academic plans for their summer molly taking an enrichment program in creative writing and michael signed up for the science club and what do they get to do in the middle of nowhere instead of broadening their minds babysit babysit a little brat who hates the children, their mother, suddenly having to share a room, and everything about her life except the creepy little ghost who totally gets her but surely jean will notice when things start going wrong, right nope She has a maddening habit of drifting away into her private dream world just when you need her most.not a good quality in a mommy.so these hippies get to do as they please he in the carriage house, she in the choir loft, isolating themselves from the goings on of their children and unconcerned with what they could be getting into exploring their own backyard graveyard where old caretaker man tells them tales of dead children, running around the burned out shell of an abandoned house where there is evidence of beer bottles and other teenage mischief and no place for little kids, riding their bikes miles away to town, which may not be balmer but in a time before cellphones and bike helmets, they should probably be supervised their first time out, right not here, in this summer of neglect and free childcare the children immediately take a backseat to the artistic pursuits of the people who should be acclimating everyone into their new living arrangements That evening, after Dave s friends left, we had our first dinner in the church Mom and Dave did most of the talking they didn t make much of an effort to involve us in the plans they were making for their art projects.molly is particularly entrusted with the care and maintenance of heather, despite heather s vehemently expressed hatred of herI ve got a lot to do, Molly As soon as you finish eating, please go out and keep an eye on Heather I don t want her wandering off Can t I stay in and help you She patted my shoulder The nicest thing you can do for me is to look after Heather andYou know, though, Molly, that Dave and I count on you and Michael to take care of Heather It s up to you to make sure she doesn t run wild in the woods all day and, most selfishlyWe moved here so Dave and I would have time to work without worrying about you all Go on, now, and find something to do I ve got to get back to my painting priorities very clear, there.and all this time, heather is a malignant little creature trying to start fights and get her stepsiblings into trouble, quite successfully the adults frequently refer to her as unhappy, and disturbed, and sensitive, but no one seems to want to do anything about this despite her screaming nightmares, constant lies and threats, and outbursts where she says she hates everybody and wants her own dead mother back, no one s working towards making this kid any betterYou know perfectly well what Dave thinks of shrinks, Michael I heard him tell Mom that all they do is mess up your head instead, the solution is to leave heather in the care of children she hates and dave s kind of a dick he s condescending to molly s fears of the graveyard on their property You ve been fretting about that graveyard ever since we moved in here It doesn t bother anybody else, so forget it, okay he calls them little monsters, and yells at them both, frequently, for things heather has lied about them doing, and even grabs michael by the neck of his t shirt, while screaming at him and yet at one point, molly and michael ride their bikes to the library, leaving heather with her father in his studio when they return dramaYou were supposed to be here watching Heather andWe couldn t find any of you We called and called Finally I found Heather way down on the other side of the creek near that ruin you told your mother about which just means that he was too caught up in his pot s to notice when his young daughter left his side and wandered off into danger bad daddy and yet a few days after this, it s as though all fears of unattended children are forgotten while molly and michael are outside, the adults both go off shopping in balti, leaving heather alone in the house watching t.v., and via note, instructing them to watch her, naturally, and also stating that heather promised to stay indoors until they got back which she doesn t naturally and she has wandered off into some serious trouble.it s just a pattern of bad decisions and carelessness and expecting pre teens to become guardians to a little girl who hates them and i know it s silly to judge a children s book so harshly for its absentee parenthood, since the whole point is that the children are on their own against supernatural forces and the lesson is about manning up and standing on your own and being a hero when the world has left you to fight your own battles, but it s just something that struck me in my adult reading that never even occurred to me as a babe, so i guess i just ran with it oops.but come on after helen destroys all of jean s paintings Mom fell against Dave, too upset to speak He put his arms around her and stroked her hair as if she were a child, letting her tears soak his shirt.Heather hovered near her father, obviously displeased by the attention he was giving Mom Don t cry, Jean, don t cry, Dave whispered If I can t fix the easel, I ll get you another one But we can t afford it, Mom sobbed We were counting on the sale of my paintings to get through the winter Now they re ruined How will we pay the mortgage How will we heat the house if you are one easel away from bankruptcy, you have no business packing up your kids to the middle of nowhere in order to become artists, for goodness sake stay in balti where there are proper jobs, do right by your children and don t risk them starving or freezing to death because you think you re gonna live off of paintings of barns and lopsided bowls better adulting, please also, i don t know if i mentioned that i would be reading my actual childhood copies of these books, found and snatched from my dad s place when he was moving a couple years back.look how cheap books were and look how cute i was with my bookplate having self also noteworthy to those of you whose hobby is forging other people s childhood signatures and lo this is how the ancients kept track of the books they read these hieroglyphs tell us that at one point i had not read the jellyfish season, and then, later i did it s important to keep records up to date FEBRUARY the little gymnastMARCH zucchiniAPRIL something queer at the libraryMAY good bye pink pigJUNE the girl with the silver eyesJULY the phantom tollboothcome to my blog When I was eleven, one of my teachers read this book to the class I don t know what it was about WAIT TILL HELEN COMES, or if it was something the teacher said, but this was the book that somehow informed me that books don t magically appear on library shelves, as I d previously believed Books must be written By people Like, it s their job to make up stories And if I worked hard enough, it could be my job, too.It was also one of the first books I remember reading on my own where the magic w When I was eleven, one of my teachers read this book to the class I don t know what it was about WAIT TILL HELEN COMES, or if it was something the teacher said, but this was the book that somehow informed me that books don t magically appear on library shelves, as I d previously believed Books must be written By people Like, it s their job to make up stories And if I worked hard enough, it could be my job, too.It was also one of the first books I remember reading on my own where the magic was real where ghosts weren t explained away by wind or pale but living creatures When I knew I liked this book, I was able to tell my librarians and getbooks that set my imagination free.I will always love this book Sighthe good ghost stories that somehow passed me by as a kidwell, better late than never 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.