Safe as Houses

Safe as Houses

Book - 2007
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The date is October 15, 1954. Thirteen-year-old Elizabeth, who lives in the Toronto suburb of Weston, is a typical grade 8 girl. She has a secret crush on a boy in her class and she thinks Elvis Presley is "dreamy." Elizabeth also has a part-time job babysitting an adorable little grade 2 girl named Suzie, and Suzie's not-so-adorable grade 6 brother, David. Elizabeth's job is to walk Suzie and David home after school and then stay at their house with them until their mother gets home from work. David resents Elizabeth because he thinks he is too old for a babysitter, and he goes out of his way to make life miserable for her.

On this particular evening, however, Elizabeth has more than a badly behaved boy to contend with. It is on this October night that Hurricane Hazel roars down on Toronto, bringing torrential rains that cause extensive flooding. David and Suzie's house is on Raymore Drive, a street that will be practically wiped out by the floodwaters.

David and Suzie's parents are unable to reach the house, which means the children's safety on this most deadly of nights is Elizabeth's responsibility. She finds herself increasingly isolated. They are surrounded by rising water. The electricity goes out. The phone goes dead. Still, Elizabeth is sure they will be safe as long as they remain in the house.

But are Elizabeth and the children really as "safe as houses"? Before this terrifying night is over, Elizabeth and David will have to learn to communicate and cooperate if they are to save their own lives and Suzie's. Their survival in the midst of one of Canada's worst disasters will depend upon their resourcefulness, maturity and courage.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c2007
ISBN: 9780385664424
Branch Call Number: WALTERS
Characteristics: 152 p


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Mar 22, 2017

Nice book about three resourceful kids working together to survive.

Sophiasajid Oct 25, 2013

best book ever

May 15, 2013

This probably one of the best books I'v ever read. Seriously

Feb 06, 2013

I agree with everyone. I love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oct 03, 2012

Great little story. I especially loved the historical notes at the end that gives credence to the story.

Jun 22, 2012

amazing! i just couldn't stop reading it!!!!!!!!!

hungergameslover007 Feb 23, 2012

i just started to read this book, livelovelaughpeace can you tell some information about this book even though it is a couple years ago red maple book? please reply soon!!!thank you

livelovelaughpeace Feb 22, 2012

A thrilling story. If you love action novels you'll love this book.

Jan 10, 2012

I read this as a part of my son's Reading Link Challenge. Very fast-paced, exciting read. :-) (Jan 2012)

Nov 28, 2011

Eric walter's is a really good writer

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Yasou_no_Hanabi Apr 07, 2011

Yasou_no_Hanabi thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Mar 26, 2011

cristinaderrick98 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 18

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Mar 26, 2011

When thirteen year old, Lizzie Hardy, is walking home the McBrides children: Suzie and David, it starts poring rain. Now Lizzie thought this was nothing but after the house begins to flood and she loses control everything goes wrong from there.

anoudconda Mar 31, 2009

she tells about how this girl survives thorugh a flood with 2 other babysitting kids


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Mar 29, 2014

safe as houses(Adjective)

Very secure

Origin: Originally from the concept that houses were a shelter from the elements; later from the concept that investment in property is more secure compared to other more risky ventures.

anoudconda Apr 01, 2009

Safe as Houses


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