Safe At Second

Safe At Second

by Scott Johnson
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Safe At Second by Scott Johnson

Todd Bannister has it all: a fastball made for the majors, scouts lining up at his door, a beautiful girlfriend, and his best friend Paulie—his number one fan. It seems nothing can stop the bright future that lies ahead. But all it takes is one line drive—and Todd takes it square in the face, and loses an eye. Things are different now. Will Todd have the strength to give up his old dreams and move on? Will Paulie? Scott Johnson weaves a masterful tale about what happens after the big game in this engrossing coming-of-age story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698118775
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 04/28/2001
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 7.16(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Scott Johnson lives in Mahopac, New York.

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Safe at Second 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
johnnywhite More than 1 year ago
Todd Bannister has it all: a fastball made for the majors, scouts lining up at his door, a beautiful girlfriend, and his best friend Paulie--his number one fan. It seems nothing can stop the bright future that lies ahead. But all it takes is one line drive--and Todd takes it square in the face, and loses an eye. This is my favorite scene because I am a pitcher as well and this can happen to anyone on the mound. Things are different now. Will Todd have the strength to give up his old dreams and move on? Will Paulie? Scott Johnson weaves a masterful tale about what happens after the big game in this engrossing coming-of-age story. I give this book 4 stars because it was very good and kept you on the edge of your seat at all times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently had a choice to read any book I wanted for my class. The book just happened to be Safe at Second. When I first started reading the book, I figured it was going to be just another book about baseball. Something that was boring and wouldn't keep me peeled to the pages. But I was very wrong. Scott Johnson did a fantastic job of twisting things to make them seem unreal, yet very likely. Safe at Second taught me to re-think some things in my life. It also increased my interest in baseball. There isn't many books that I would finish reading in one day! The content and real-life scenarios helped me to relate to the things Todd and Paulie were going through. I could understand both sides clearly, and that made the story all the more interesting. When Todd lost his eye, you could feel the intense moments he went through. You could see how it affected him and Paulie. You could see how he was changed. Todd's story takes you through a tragedy that can be overcome, yet sometimes too devastating to go through. Paulie is also changed by the tragedy. He gets to see who he really is, even if it means changing his ways. Safe at Second made me appreciate the things that I have in my own life. After reading the book, I had more respect for things I owned and the people around me. I learned from the characters in the book that life is more than just what you want, its what you get. But if you give your all, no matter what the outcome will be positive. This book is not one for a specific age group. I would recommend this book for anyone of any age. Whether you are in 3rd grade or in college, Safe at Second will surely keep you on the edge.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Safe at Second is one of the most enjoyable books that I have ever read. This book is about two teammates, who are also friends, on their high school baseball team. One of the players is Todd Banister, a baseball star in the making. Todd is a senior on the team and he is widely recruited by colleges and major league teams. His friend and teammate, Paulie Lockwood, is not nearly as good of a ball player as Todd. This does not matter because they are best friends. Everything seems to be going as planned. Todd is likely to be drafted and Paulie will tag along as Todd's agent. Everything changes in an early season game when Todd gets hit in the eye with a line drive. Todd loses his eye and is left with a prosthetic eye. The struggle for Todd now is to once again be the player he once was and Paulie is by his side to help. One of the many reasons I enjoyed this book is because the story is told from Paulie's point of view. With Paulie telling the story , I can relate. Paulie is one of those players who, though he may not be one of the better players on the team, works his butt off. I play soccer for my high school team and I think of myself to be a teammate similar to Paulie. The plot of the story is different from the plot of any other book I have read. When I was about half way through the book, I thought I knew how the book would turn out. As I kept reading, however, the series of events I had anticipated never came true. This made me want to read the book all the way to the end. If you play a sport and consider yourself to be a player like Paulie or you think you are pretty good at predicting the plot of a story, then reading this book will be as enjoyable for you as it was for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paulie the kid that knows everything about baseball but is not every good player. Their team had a scrimmage and this was for the coach to see who was going to make the team. Then the next day at school he had the list of names the made the team and didn¿t make the team. Well Paulie was looking and his name wasn¿t on either list. After school that day he went to talk to the coach and the coach put Paulie on the team. His best friend Todd was so happy for him. Then one day they had a game, and Todd was pitching. Then bang the ball hit the bat! It was a line drive, and Todd got nailed in the face. After that game Todd never felt the same and he had a glass eye. Now Paulie would have to Todd through this. Paulie tries and get him to go to school which is hard for Todd because people talk to him different. Now Todd doesn¿t know if he is going to pitch again. Todd then gives away his favorite hat and he starts acting very happy. Paulie thinks he is going to kill himself because he is doing warning signs of it. Then one day Paulie follows Todd to the diamond and this is where he thinks he is going to do it. The Todd sets up this thing that he built to help him pitch. After Paulie sees that he is calmed down, and he walks on to the field. Now Todd is trying to pitch again but you had to read to find more about his pitching. Now you have to read to find out if he is going to pitch again. I liked how they explained Todd¿s eye when it got hit by the baseball. I didn¿t like how much was helping Todd I think he should have let him does stuff on his own. This book is not part of a series and it does not remind me of any television show. It is a sports book so if you like sports books then read this book. I think anyone who like sports this book is good for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book 'Safe at Second'. It was one of the best books I have ever read and I have read alot of them. I enjoyed the details that was in it. When I first started reading it, I figured it was just going to be another book about baseball. But it wasn't it was about more than just baseball it was about life.