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Safe as Houses

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  1,078 ratings  ·  67 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Doubleday Canada
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Oct 22, 2013 Troy added it
The novel Safe as Houses by Eric Walters is an astonishing book. It is about a 13 year old girl named Elizabeth Hardy who babysits the McBride children David and Suzie. One day they are walking home from school near the Huber River in Weston Ontario, through a rainstorm. Soon they realize it is no ordinary rainstorm. Water floods the back yard, turns out the power, floods roads which stopped Mr. and Mrs. McBride from coming home. Soon the flooding begins to invade the McBride’s home and Elizabe ...more
Kayla Ashley
I decided to read this book because my younger brother is currently reading it for school. I was intrigued because when I was in his grade I read The Giver by Lois Lowry and LOVED it! I've loved almost every book I had to read for school. I wanted to give this book a chance to see if I loved it as well!

What a tough little book to rate. I really did enjoy it. According to goodreads, the 3 stars means "I liked it" which is true. I did like it. Yet I feel like it deserves more than 3 stars, but ma
Janice Boychuk
"Fast-paced and dramatic..." is so true! It's a quick read, and one that you'll likely read in one or two sittings. You will probably become as absorbed as I did.

The characters are believable and real, Eric doesn't downplay the impact and severity of the event, or how children in this situation might react. Love his writing style, and I'll be sure to read more of his books.

Books based on historical events fascinate me, as they inspire me to learn more about that time period, and specifically ab
Ysa Nollido
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Lorraine Montgomery
Nov 22, 2014 Lorraine Montgomery rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: grade 5 up
This is another dramatic novel from Eric Walters based on a true story. Safe As Houses (2009), in this sense, is an ironic cliché. Houses should be safe, hence the expression. However, this particular house, its neighbouring houses and its occupants are not safe. It's October 15th, 1954 and Hurricane Hazel is about to hit its peak in Toronto, Canada. Worse, Suzie and David McBride are home alone with their teenaged babysitter, Elizabeth, and their dog, Daisy.
Elizabeth, a typical teenager, loves
Starlight Starbright
Elizabeth Hardy is a typical 13 year-old girl who lives in Weston, Ontario. Elizabeth has a part-time job babysitting an adorable little girl named Suzie, and her rebellious brother named David. Elizabeth’s job is to walk Suzie and David McBride home after school and then stay at their house until their mother and father get home from work. David is annoyed by Elizabeth because he thinks he is too old to be in the care of a babysitter, and he strongly believes that he can look after Suzie all by ...more
This is another one of Eric Walters interesting books based on a disaster in time, in this case the flooding of Hurricane Hazel. It makes a challenge for poor Elizabeth to have David trying to pick a fight all the time and to have a house almost under water not to mention having to to take care of little Suzie. I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys reading realistic fiction.
Bonnie Ferrante
An outstanding mixture of Canadian history and thrilling suspense, safe as houses keeps you biting your nails until the very end. Well researched unbelievable, the story does not get lost in facts and figures, but pulls you along fretting for the safety of three children caught in an horrific flood short, sweet, and riveting.
I figured my son was old enough that we could enjoy some of Eric Walters books together. He loved it as did I. Eric Walters has an excellent way of capturing the attention of children. I've only read one other (Camp X) which also was very good but I plan to read more probably with my son!
This book has excitement, fright and humor in every page. Based on a true story, see what happens to a group of children stuck in a flood. But not any flood. A huge flood. One that can pull houses out from the ground and move them! Eric Walters is a great author and I loed this book!
Kassie K.
This was definitely one of my favourite books yet! I read it in two days. Despite wishing there was a family reunion at the end of the story, I loved the book thoroughly. I wish there was a sequel!
Feb 07, 2013 Emma rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I love this book. It cost me 10 bucks but I bought it a while ago I read it in school before and I wanted to read it again.
This story is about 13 year old Elizabeth who is babysitting when a huge flood hits. She fights through water and rubble for hours with a young boy and his little sister. Trying to get to higher ground they have to work together to survive. I enjoyed this book because of the tension that it left you with in between chapters and the feeling of I can't stop now, I have to finish this book!
The story line is fun to read and is full of twist and turns. The characters are described in depth and you ca
Zehna Reddon
I'm really impressed. I couldn't put it down once I picked it up.
I was really surprised. This was an amazing book.
Curtis Lowton
Always on the lookout for an engaging read-aloud for my students, a colleague recommended this gem by Canadian writer Eric Walters. A quick read, this story chronicles the fictionalized experience of three children trapped in Hurricane Hazel, which ravaged southern Ontario in 1952. While I was familiar with Walters' body of work, I had never actually read any of his novels, but if his other works are as engaging as this one (I couldn't put it down!), I will be reading many more of his YA titles!
Elizabeth is a typical grade 8 girl. She has a part time job babysitting two kids and her job is to walk them home from school everyday and stay with them until their parents get home. On one particular evening though, it starts to rain really hard causing their banks and roads disappear as they are swallowed by water. Lizzie finds herself and the children in the middle of an escalating situation while their house from the storm and advancing waters, is in danger of being washed away with the no ...more
Matthew Thiessen
I love this book very much because I like how the houses are moving when the water takes over and how she is confident that she will be able to save the kids. It's really intense when the water starts creeping in the house and how it goes up the floors until there forced on the roof. And the ending is very well written how they finally get saved and see their parents again. I like how the book was based on a true story and how Eric Walters made it sound interesting.
It is 1952. Elizabeth is a happy, typical grade 8 girl. She has a crush on Elvis Presley and has a part time job babysitting two kids. A 7 year old girl and 11 year old boy. Her job is to walk them home from school everyday and stay at their house with them until their parents get home. She is used to this routine, as it gets easier everyday. Although on October 15th, this drastically change. The weather has been awful lately, pouring and thundering. After getting home with the kids, she realize ...more
Baby-sitter (Lizzie Hardy) and 2 kids (David and Suzie McBride) get stuck in the middle of a rainstorm. But it isn't an ordinary rainstorm, this rainstorm starts to make a flood across her street. It's night, the phone dies, the lights go out, and the flood soon enters the house and its rising fast. Cars float by, big trees snap. How will they get out of this?

I picked this book up because I am fimiliar with the author.
I finished this book because during this book it makes you think what will hap
Maggie Redmond
This was such an amazing book I loved it so much! I love Eric Walters his books are just fabulous
Elyse Mary
I read this book to my class during my practicum as a teacher. What an amazing book! The students and I both loved it and were able to have great discussions about it! The kids were amazed that it was based on true events which they then were really interested in learning more about it afterwards. Great teaching moment for sure!
I read this phenomenal book when I was in grade six, and I had just recently came across it again. From what I can remember about Safe As Houses was that it was one of my favourite books when I was younger, and that I was so addicted I stayed up til midnight (which was really late on a school night for me back then) to finish reading it. It was a fantastically written book, and the fact that it took place where I live right now (literally just a few minutes away) was both shocking and crazy to m ...more
This book demands to be read in one sitting.
Daylon Steinback
I honestly did love the book safe as houses. It was a very thrilling.
Read this for school, it was okay
Too predictable for my reading ability
It was awesome I want to read it again
May 15, 2014 Derek added it
I just want to read it!
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Eric was born in Toronto in 1957, which makes him "real old". But, as Eric says, "Just because I have to grow old doesn't mean that I have to grow up!" In his many roles as parent, teacher, social worker, youth sports coach and writer he is in constant contact with children and young adults. He draws from these experiences and feels that this helps him to capture the realistic interaction between ...more
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