Safe at Home (Comeback Kids Series)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Safe at Home (Comeback Kids)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  430 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Nick Crandall feels like he doesnt belong anywhere. He never has felt like he belongs, really. He doesnt fit in this new family with his new foster parents, both of whom are professors. They dont know the first thing about sportsand hes not exactly a model student. Its only a matter of time until they realize hes not the right kid for them. And Nick certainly doesnt belong...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 15th 2010 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published August 14th 2008)
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

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 706)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Alyssa Prater
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
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
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
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Oct 11, 2011 Grant rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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.
Hank Fisher
Nick Crandall can do it all, but he doesn't know it. He can hit, run, and especially throw from behind the plate. He is the best catcher on his JV school team, but when the catcher's spot on the varsity team suddenly opens up, it's Nick who is called to the job. The varsity coach believes in Nick, but Nick doesn't believe in himself. Can his friends Gracie and Jack help Nick regain his superpowers like in his comic books, or will Nick get slapped by reality.

I really liked this book because I c...more
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
April the Librarian
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...more
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...more
Bruce Snell
Book Four in the Comeback Kids series by Mike Lupica - 3 stars. Nick Crandall is a star catcher on his middle school JV baseball team, but when he is given a chance to play varsity ball he goes into a slump that threatens to destroy his love of baseball.

This book follows the formula for all of Lupica's Comeback Kids books - a star player has problems with his game. In the end, with the help of family, friends, and coaches, he overcomes his problems and learns a life lesson. I am not saying this...more
Masen Beatty
I liked this book it had a great story going and then I felt like it just cut off and ended right after he made a great play. It made me the reader want to continue to read on and find out what happens after the varsity catcher comes back and takes his place, then find out what Nick does when he goes back to JV.
Mar 06, 2011 Benny added it
Safe at Home by Mike Lupica is about a seventh grade boy who has 2 major struggles: 1. Meeting his strict foster parents' academic expectations. 2. Replacing an injured catcher on the High School's varsity team, and playing against much older boys. He is teased because of his age on the team, and although he is extremely talented, fails to show any of that talent in his first practices. While he's trying not to be too miserable from baseball, his foster parents are concrened about his grades. Th...more
A good book for kiddos about believing in yourself, family, real friends and that its worth it to keep on trying!
A great read for third through seventh graders. Nick, a twelve year old, seventh grader, is adopted. He spent nine years in foster care until his dream of a family came true. His parents, a math and English professor, are caring and attentive but push Nick to make better grades and don't understand sports at all. Nick just wants to read comic books. He is such an awesome catcher that when the varsity catcher gets injured, Nick gets drafted. Too bad the team doesn't want a seventh grader on their...more
Josh Candy
Truly awesome book!! Well, all Mike Lupica books are awesome!
Shem Henrichsen
The theme of this book is proving that you are good enough. One example of the theme is when Nick made the varsity baseball team when he was young. Another example is when Nick is trying to prove to his old junior varsity teammates that he's not too good for them. One example of symbolism is the varsity team's catcher's injury because it is like the things in life that give us opportunity to do things at the next level. People should read this book because it is a great example of how a kid find...more
Amy Taylor
Nick Crandall is an awesome catcher. In fact, the baseball field is where is feels most comfortable. His specialty - throwing out players got stealing. But Nick starts to doubt himself and make bad plays when he’s called up to the Varsity team as a seventh grader. Can Nick find himself before he makes a total fool of himself? This is a terrific story about baseball but also about meeting expectations and finding a place where you feel comfortable. Nick not only struggles with his place on the te...more
The book i read was called Safe at Home by:Mike Lupica. If you like sports and baseball books then you will love this book.Let me tell you about this book.To Nick Crandal baseball wasn't a game it was life.When he was little he would go see the NY Meets play. He tries out for the school baseball team and makes it as a catcher but almost quits.But when he plays all-star player[Zane Diaz] everything goes Nicks could find this book in a store or maybe the Clinton library. by:HUNTER HUGUNIN$...more
It was fun to watch the character Nick grow up and learn that sometimes you just need to believe in yourself. The plot was simple and engaging and his friends offered great insight to what Nick should do with his life. Although, struggling with homework, having teachers for parents, and being adopted were the least of his problems; when almost his entire varsity baseball team didn't believe he even deserved to be there. However, with the support of his friends and family he was able to make it a...more
I finally put the Mysterious Benidect Society book down because it was too confusing and, I started this book and now I it's really hard for me to put this book down. It's soooooo good. I'm at the part where Nick just got moved up to varsity from JV because the varsity catcher is injured, and he did his worst throwing of his season. It was so embarrassing for him and, now everyone has a bad impression on him. This is such a good book and i can't wait to see what happens over the season and if Ni...more
I read this for my son's book club. It was better than I expected. A good choice for a reluctant reader than is interested in sports. It makes connections between the challenges of being a new kid on a baseball team and being the new kid in a new family after adoption. Many preteen boys can connect with challenges faced by the main character than involve facing difficulties at home, in sports and at school.

Certainly not the book for me, but for boys this age, a great choice.

I rated safe at home three stars because I didnt really get it till the end. But at the end I really liked it. It is about a kid who is a foster child and he has new parents that he can tell are not going to work. He loves baseball but his foster parents dont. He dosnt feel like he belongs anywere. Like the varsity baseball team and he is only 12. But I liked this book because I love baseball!That is why I rated this three stars.
This was a really good book. I really like Mike Lupica's books. I like them because he keeps it interesting. I am still reading this book, but I cant put it down because something new is always happening. The only time I stop reading Mike Lupica's books is when I get to a new chapter because it is the only time something is not happening. To sum it all up, I really liked this book.
Nick 21
This was an amazing book . This book is about a boy named Nick. He's a foster child and all he has left is baseball. When he gets moved up to varsity for catcher his whole life changes. He has new parents that dont know anything about baseball he has to go through a lot.

Although it was a great book it was a little dull at some Points.
Lutz Elementary Media Center
I was not a baseball fun until the last few years so I didn't always understand the subtlety of the game. This book is great for beginning fans as it helps to explain the importance of the catcher. (Who knew the catcher did more than just be a backstop?) This is a great story that reminds us of the importance of being true to yourself.
Ben Ba
Who would like this book is my friend Alexander Roman because he the best baseball player in 5b and he's on a baseball team.Also he was born playing baseball and that why hes so good in baseball and inschool he read alot of book about baseball like the albert pujlol book.Last he read the book.
Kyah H
I thought this book was good. It was about a boy who gets picked to play on a higher baseball team. In the beginning he doesn't believe he is right to play for the team. He also has to keep things straight with his life , his family, and his friends.
My son is going into second grade and read this book like he couldn't put it down. He loves baseball, so this story engaged him from the very beginning. He can't wait to get all the other books by this author. I love that he loves to read.
The story of an adopted boy who finds himself on the Varsity baseball team when he is not quite ready to play with the big kids. My first Mike Lupica book, pleasantly surprised. It has some issues beyond the baseball diamond to deal with.
I gave this book 4 stars because it is about a foster kid who plays baseball and I love baseball. He doesnt feel like he belongs on the varsity team but he makes it anyways. And thats why I gave this book 4 stars.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 23 24 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906
  • Football Hero (Football Genius, #2)
  • The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy
  • Cicada Summer
  • Heart of a Champion
  • Jim & Me (A Baseball Card Adventure #8)
  • The Big One-Oh
  • Change-up: Mystery at the World Series (The Sports Beat, #4)
  • Do Not Pass Go
  • Billy Creekmore
  • Way Down Deep
  • Kenny and the Dragon
  • The Gollywhopper Games
  • Piper Reed: Navy Brat (Piper Reed #1)
Mike Lupica introduces his new middle-grade series, Mike Lupica's Comeback Kids."
More about Mike Lupica...
Heat Travel Team Summer Ball Million-Dollar Throw The Big Field

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »

“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.” 0 likes
More quotes…