Safe at Home: A Baseball Card Mystery

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Safe at Home tells the story of Trevor Mitchell, an 11-year-old boy, whose aged great-grandfather gives him a 1915 Babe Ruth rookie card valued at $50,000. Trevor's joy is threatened by the mysterious disappearance of the card and by his friends' skepticism about great-grandpa’s claim of being the only man in baseball history to steal home off Babe Ruth. Eventually Trevor learns some priceless lessons about truth and friendship.
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Overview

Safe at Home tells the story of Trevor Mitchell, an 11-year-old boy, whose aged great-grandfather gives him a 1915 Babe Ruth rookie card valued at $50,000. Trevor's joy is threatened by the mysterious disappearance of the card and by his friends' skepticism about great-grandpa’s claim of being the only man in baseball history to steal home off Babe Ruth. Eventually Trevor learns some priceless lessons about truth and friendship.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982165218
  • Publisher: Cross Training Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 91
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2000

    Read for Creative Writing, Values Education, Enjoyment

    As a secondary teacher of creative writing, I selected Safe at Home to read in class for several reasons. First, it is easy to understand and not too lengthy. Second, the plot is interesting and moves at a rapid pace. Third, I liked the values espoused in the book. I was looking for a means of demonstrating to students how to make their writing 'show' instead of 'tell.' Skead accomplishes this well in his first novel, Safe at Home. The class enjoyed the story thoroughly, so much so that they chose to write to the author! I was particularly surprised at two student reactions: They hung on every word, including those students who had previously said they did not enjoy stories about sports (Safe at Home is about a young boy whose grandfather played against Babe Ruth); additionally they latched on to and showed great interest in the values education that is a strong theme throughout the story. I had feared that someone would be 'turned off' by strong values education in a public school, but I was most pleasantly surprised to find that, in fact, these values became one of the points students most desired to discuss when the story was finished. Their reactions reaffirmed my belief that students want someone to show them ways to 'do the right thing' without appearing to be nerdy in front of peers. Trevor Mitchell, in Safe at Home, accomplishes this in Skead's story. Skead does a great job of 'showing' the reader actions and family relationships. Skead employs interesting diction choice, carefully structured dialogue, and a plot that quickly and interestingly explores the themes of family, truth, trust, respect, honesty, and more. It is not surprising that Skead's favorite class as a student was creative writing! Of particular interest is Skead's exploration of baseball fact & fiction relating to this story as an afterword. His relating of elements of the story to his own personal life is touching and memorable--which in itself becomes a values lesson, too. This novel is appropriate for both boys and girls, ages 8-14. I read it to a class of 16 students, ages 15-18. It's a great read-aloud book. Bravo to Mr. Skead for a good story, well-written and packed full of good lessons. This teacher will look forward to Skead's future works.

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