When Daniel's dad loses his job, the family decides to downsize. They leave their comfortable home and private school behind for an old farmhouse in West Virginia and a poorly funded public school. If that weren't bad enough, the place give him the creeps. He always feels like someone is watching from the woods surrounding the house.
The kids quickly set Daniel and his little sister, Erica, apart as outsiders and tease them mercilessly. Even though Daniel and Erica have never been close, they form an alliance to survive. As time passes, Erica spends more and more time talking to the doll their parents gave her in exchange for giving up their old life.
His parents struggle to find work, and they spend more time arguing with each other than anything else. This new start is turning out to be a disaster.
Then there are the rumors about about an impossibly old woman who lives in the forest and steals little girls. Daniel knows it's just a story, but he can't seem to shake the uneasy feeling he gets from the woods. What if Old Auntie is real? What if she wants Erica for her next victim?
This is another fast-paced ghost story full of chills and atmosphere from Mary Downing Hahn! I read Wait Til Helen Comes when I was nine years old and fell in love with ghost stories. I love passing her books on to my students today!