Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Safe at Home” as Want to Read:
Safe at Home
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Safe at Home (Comeback Kids)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  680 Ratings  ·  102 Reviews
#1 New York Times bestseller Mike Lupica continues his tribute to the underdog in his Comeback Kids series for young middle-grade readers

Nick Crandall feels like he doesn't belong anywhere. He never has felt like he belongs, really. He doesn't fit in this new family with his new foster parents, both of whom are professors. They don't know the first thing about sports, and
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published August 14th 2008 by Philomel Books
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Safe at Home, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Safe at Home

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Feb 16, 2016 Steve rated it really liked it
Nick Crandall is a talented seventh grade catcher on the JV baseball team. He is also a relatively recently adopted young man. . The story tells about his playing for his school teams during his seventh grade year. The variety of secondary kid characters was done nicely, and as for Nick, I particularly related to his response to pressure he puts upon himself. It was nice to see a boy with a girl best friend, as well as a thoughtful coach and loving parents. The story is gentle pleasure, a good b ...more
Mar 08, 2017 TJ C rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 3rd-9-weeks
Safe at home is about a 7th grader named nick. He was adopted at a young age and his parents were professors. Nick always loved to play baseball, but all his parents wanted to have was good grades. When nick was in 7th grade he made it on the varsity team, being the youngest baseball player to play on varsity. He had many challenges. He would get bullied by his teammates, while having a tutor to keep his grades up. I liked this book except the bully part. Why would a senior bully a second grader ...more
May 20, 2015 Juan added it
Title : Safe At Home

Author : Mike Lupica

Nick Crandall is a seventh grade boy who faces many struggles throughout the whole book. Nick Crandall is an adopted child who is always expected to do well in school. His foster parent's are always on top of him on his grades because that's what mostly matters to them. Nick Crandall doesn't get to spend much time with his foster parents and they don't realize that Nick Crandall has a passion for baseball. His second biggest struggle is being a starting ca
Apr 14, 2014 Alyssa rated it really liked it
Nick Crandall is a 12 year old who lives for baseball! However, his adoptive parents know nothing about it and are much more concerned with his grades. Just as his 7th-grade season is getting started he is moved up to catch on the Varsity team due to the 9th grade catcher being injured. Most people think this is a great thing, an honor – not Nick, and certainly not his new varsity teammates. Nick must work through his own nerves, his teammates harassment (at first, anyway), and getting his grade ...more
Daniel Rodriguez
Dec 01, 2015 Daniel Rodriguez rated it liked it
This book is about a seventh grader named Nick Crandall and how he wants to play for the baseball varsity team . Although he has to try to get to varsity he still has to try to fit in with his new parents because he is adopted and his parents are both professors and barely like sports.Nick had a chance to play for varsity once the varsity catcher was injured.Since he was a catcher he made the team and was playing for varsity.Nick was the first seventh grader to ever play for varsity.He was small ...more
Safe At Home was a solid book by Mike Lupica. It was realistic fiction and appropriate for kids who like baseball. Nick Crandall does not get along with his foster parents. They know nothing about his favorite sport baseball. Nick does not do so well in school, but when he is just 12 years old the high school varsity team calls him to play for them. His teammates do not want him on the team, so throughout the story Nick tries to prove himself to his team, his parents and to himself. This book sh ...more
Nov 27, 2015 Hope rated it liked it
This book was pretty good it is about a boy who loves base ball and wants to make the JV team but only gets in because Bobby broke a bone in his rist. His teammates need a catcher there own age because Nike is only 12 years old. But then his secret gets out that he is adopted. And Nike needs to prove that nike belongs to his parents and maybe young to play on a JV team but can be the best that he can ever be, him self.
Nov 15, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it
I liked this book because it was not all just good things that happened but there was not too much bad things that happened in it that would make it a bad story. Also that it was fast paced and had words that described the scenes good and did not make it boring. It did not have a lot of parts that were not important and tied the things that were happening to the character good together.
Sep 20, 2011 Grant rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a great story
I thought this was a great book and that this author is one of the best sports authors. This was a great story about how a boy named Nick Crandall felt like he didn't belong anywhere.
Aug 13, 2013 Josiah rated it liked it
In classic Matt Christopher style, Mike Lupica presents the Comeback Kids series of junior sports novels, focusing on the realistic family issues and on-field action that make all Lupica's novels so electrifying. The Comeback Kids books are shorter than Lupica's regular novels, however, and seem to hone in more on a single central issue relevant to the plot. Though Safe at Home is my first experiment with this series of books linked not by shared story elements or characters but rather by fairl ...more
Feb 24, 2017 Will rated it really liked it
When I read this book I feel sad because the main character Nick was a foster and he got adopted. The family wanted a new born and not him and gave him back to the foster home. It made me feel better when he got adopted again and got to play baseball which he loved and was good at. His best friend is a girl and her name is Gracie who forced him to be his friend but he really doesn't care and he tells her everything. Nick is a really good catcher. He got pulled up to varsity baseball from JV; how ...more
Alex D
Mar 02, 2017 Alex D rated it really liked it
The book Safe at Home by Mike Lupica is about a young baseball player on the JV team at Hayworth school. The varsity team is one of the most prestigious teams to be on in the area. Nick is a catcher. Then, Bobby Mazili the catcher on the varsity team breaks his wrist. Nick becomes the varsity catcher. He faces hardships on the team because his teammates did not want him. Then, Nick emerges as a hero in their rivalry game against King.
I liked how the book relates to all baseball players. I think
Tony Lobdell
I read Safe at Home for the reading challenge.This story is about Nick Crandall,a former foster child. Nick is a catcher for his school's junior varsity team, and is the best catcher on his team. Nick sees Coach Williams (the coach for the schools varsity team) watching him, so he decides to play better, but throws it over the second baseman's head. Coach Williams talks to Nick about how he has to play up because the varsity team catcher broke his wrist, and Nick says yes. The varsity te
Anthony Velez
Nov 16, 2016 Anthony Velez rated it it was amazing
This book would be great for kids who love baseball and love and a come back story. This story has to do with a kid named nick who loves the game of baseball and as a seventh grader kids called up from jv to play varsity but gets doubted because hes not as big as the other kids on varsity. I prefer this book to any kid from 12 and up.
Aaron Sauceda
Feb 05, 2017 Aaron Sauceda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked reading the book Safe at Home because it's filled with twists, turns, and surprises. Every book by Mike Lupica is packed with comebacks, intensity, ect. This book is very good and I recommend this book to anybody that likes sports.
Mar 09, 2017 Pierre rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rwr
Well written.
Would give a 4.762918630
Sep 28, 2016 Joe rated it liked it
Shelves: 7th-trimester-1
Nick Crandall is a seventh grader who is very good at baseball. He plays catcher and plays with the high schoolers because he is so good. He was adopted into a very strict family and is forced to get good grades. His adoptive parents are both professors and do not like that he plays baseball. Nick's dream is to play on the varsity team, but for right now he plays on JV. He has always felt like no one cared about him. This is what happened when he finally made the varsity team after their senior ...more
Zach Heitkamp
Jan 07, 2016 Zach Heitkamp rated it really liked it
The novel, Safe at Home, written by Mike Lupica is about a Junior Varsity baseball player named Nick, is seen doing good in practice and gets promoted to the Varsity team. Then when Nick gets to the Varsity team he needs to face some major challenges that are thrown his way. While on the Varsity team there are a few teammates that give him many challenges. This makes Nick feel no confidence in his baseball causing him to make mistakes. Because of this the coach ends practice early to help Nick g ...more
It'S Me
Nov 14, 2016 It'S Me rated it really liked it
"I love baseball, that's why, more than I'll ever love school, and that's another thing about me that is never going to change, no matter how hard you try." This quote is said by the main character Nick in this book called Safe at Home by Mike Lupica. I rated this book a four out of five because it was difficult to understand at the beginning. So much so that I almost quit reading it. The main character in the book is Nick Crandall a kid that loves baseball, comic books and happy endings. Nick i ...more
Oct 20, 2010 Joshua rated it really liked it
Comeback Kids Review
Nick Crandall loved baseball. The baseball field was the only place where Nick felt like he belonged. He did not feel that he fit in during school, with friends or at home because he was adopted at nine years old. Nick was a very good catcher. He could sense the direction and speed of a ball as soon as someone threw the ball to him. Nick was looking forward to playing on the junior varsity team at school but the varsity catcher was injured and Nick was asked to take his plac
Grant Guetle
Mar 06, 2015 Grant Guetle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Safe at home
Nick is a very hard working kid. He is adopted by new parents. His parents don't know the game of baseball very well but he works hard to try to teach them. Nick is in 8th grade and plays catcher for his high school. Nick started off at catcher for the varsity team. Nick could not throw anybody out from second base when they were stealing. Nick was working really hard to stay on the varsity team. The coach talked to him about going to the JV team and that he thought that it w
Justin Kooistra
Nov 30, 2016 Justin Kooistra rated it it was amazing
The runner is heading towards second and all he could think was, I need to get him out. In the book “Safe at Home” the main character is Nick Crandall but there are many other characters in the book.
In the book “Safe at Home” it shows that when you get an unexpected change in settings, once you adapt, you will be successful. Nick does not want to be switched from JV to varsity but he has to when the varsity catcher gets injured. Nick says “ I was happy on JV and now I'm on varsity, I'm not rea
April the Librarian
Feb 17, 2012 April the Librarian rated it liked it
Safe at Home is a juvenile fiction book aimed at 4-6th graders. This story is about a seventh grade boy who loves baseball and only feels comfortable and safe on the baseball field. The book is an easy read and may be a good selection for reluctant readers or those who only want to read about sports.

The story goes that Nick loves baseball and is the catcher for his JV team. When he is called up to the varsity team due to a short term injury, everything goes wrong. The other kids resent a younger
Mar 29, 2015 Hunter rated it really liked it
This book's about a hard working kid who does not give up. He is in the seventh grader and lives for baseball. He was moved up to varsity baseball.He is a catcher. But, his teammates don't treat like he's apart of the team. They throw the ball like a bullets to him and try to hit him with the ball.Nick is also nervous so, he would mess up a lot. Nick's adoptive parents do not get anything about him. They think baseballs a waste of time and he should focus on school work. But, they start to supp ...more
Luke Spegal
Mar 16, 2016 Luke Spegal rated it it was ok
This book is about a lot of things, but primarily about the life of a boy named Nick Crandall. Nick is a foster kid who is adopted by two professors. Nick is not the best student, nor is he the ideal son. He loves to play baseball and joins the middle school team. Once on the team, Nick is asked to come up and play for The Varsity team because the catcher gets injured. After enduring a lot of abuse by his older team mates, Nick begins to play for the varsity team. In order to play, Nick also had ...more
Derek Stanoch
Feb 10, 2015 Derek Stanoch rated it liked it
Nick Crandall was a young boy who loved to play baseball. One day at his junior varsity practice at the begging of the school year, he saw that there was a big crowd around home plate on the varsity field. After he saw the crowd move a way, he saw the varsity coach was watching.
At the end of the practice he was called by the varsity coach to come by him. Nick thought he was in trouble but turns out that the catcher for the varsity team was hurt and he was wondering if he wants to play with the
Sep 21, 2016 Tate rated it liked it
The book is about a baseball player that is a catcher the kid in the suite behind the the batter and in front of the umpire. He was a orphan from when he was just a baby until he was about 12 or 13. But as he was a orphan he had loved comic books and baseball. He first started loving baseball when he went out with a couple to a major league baseball game. He always had loved comic books.
In this book the mane character has a great great friend. He goes threw a lot with her I am not going to say h
Jun 04, 2014 Lucas rated it really liked it
This book was about Nick Crandall, a baseball player who was trying to fit in. The only place he felt he fit in was his baseball team where he was the best catcher on his team and he had a very good arm so no one would try to steal a base on him. At home he didn't feel like part of the family not only because he was adopted but he really wasn't the best student his two college professor parents wanted. In school he also didn't fit in with a lot of the other students because he wasn't the brighte ...more
Chris R
Jan 19, 2014 Chris R rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Tyler Tarpley
Sep 23, 2016 Tyler Tarpley rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Ratings Good or Bad 1 1 Apr 07, 2015 04:54PM  
Safe at home 1 1 Jan 19, 2015 01:49PM  
  • The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906
  • Mogo, the Third Warthog
  • Obi, Gerbil on the Loose
  • Bringing the Boy Home
  • Over the Wall
  • The Totally Made-up Civil War Diary of Amanda MacLeish
  • Barbed Wire Baseball
  • Henry Aaron's Dream
  • Rivals (Baseball Great, #2)
  • Miracle Mud: Lena Blackburne and the Secret Mud That Changed Baseball
  • The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy
  • A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson
  • Cicada Summer
  • Tough to Tackle
  • Jim & Me (A Baseball Card Adventure, #8)
  • Samurai Shortstop
  • One-Handed Catch
  • Who Was Babe Ruth?
Mike Lupica introduces his new middle-grade series, Mike Lupica's Comeback Kids."
More about Mike Lupica...

Other Books in the Series

Comeback Kids (5 books)
  • Two-Minute Drill (Comeback Kids)
  • Shoot-Out
  • Hot Hand
  • Long Shot (Comeback Kids)

Share This Book

“Nick said. “Failing at school, failing at baseball…” The last part just came out, one last part of this he couldn’t stop if he’d tried: “… failing at being your son.” For the second time that day, Nick ran.” 1 likes
“Nick wasn’t sure what he thought about” 0 likes
More quotes…