Continuing on with the Halloween/Horror/Thriller theme of this month, I give you WAIT TILL HELEN COMES by Mary Downing Hahn.
I think this was likely one of the first books I picked up based solely on the cover. Dark night? Check! Graveyard? Check! Ghost? Double check! At the time, this was considered Young Adult, but by today's standards it's very much a Middle Grade.
Wait Till Helen Comes
Author: Mary Downing Hahn
Release Date: November 2nd, 1987
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...
Did you read this when you were younger?