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Inhaltsangabe: 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.
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Über den Autor:
Eric Walters published his first novel, Stand Your Ground , in 1993, and has since become one of Canada?s best known and most prolific writers of literature for children and young adults. He has had 39 novels published, including Safe as Houses . Eric?s books are available in places as far away as Australia and New Zealand, and have been translated into French, Dutch, Japanese and Chinese. Eric?s novels have won more than 30 awards; among them the Red Maple, Blue Heron, Snow Willow, tiny Torgi and Ruth Schwartz awards. Eric has also received awards from the Canadian Library Association and UNESCO. He is the only writer who has won the Ontario Library Association Silver Birch Award three times. A long-time teacher, Eric still interacts with children and teenagers, doing presentations that blend storytelling, drama and audience participation. In his research for Safe as Houses , Eric interviewed people who had survived the great storm, and incorporated some of their actual experiences into the story.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Buchbeschreibung Seal Books. Mass Market Paperback. Buchzustand: VERY GOOD. Very Good: Cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. May have light creases on the cover and binding. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 2668075091
Buchbeschreibung Random House of Canada, Limited, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2009. Mass Market Paperback. Buchzustand: Very good-. First Thus. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. The book is inscribed and signed by the author on the half title page. The book is very good- with light edge wear and creased at spine. Signed by Author. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 011684