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Safe at Home by Mike Lupica
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Feb 17, 12

Read in February, 2012

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 student playing on their team and he doesn't play well during his introduction. Nick is uncertain and scared, but as he gains confidence in his place in his team and family, he gets better on the field.

From a critical standpoint, the story was a bit light. The main character, Nick, was a child who was adopted at the age of 9. While the author does show one example of the emotional difficulties that foster children face, the adoptee angle did not add to the depth of the story, it barely scratched the surface. I actually would have enjoyed the book more if that twist either wasn't added at all, or was a more powerful part of the story. The story also could have focused more on the team dynamics and relationships. I didn't feel like either the adoption or team dynamics were explored well.

It is a solid, well written book for young readers.

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