Safe as Houses
A NovelBook - 2009
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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When thirteen year old, Lizzie Hardy, is walking home the McBrides children: Suzie and David, it starts poring rain. Now Lizzie thought this was nothing but after the house begins to flood and she loses control everything goes wrong from there.
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safe as houses(Adjective)
Origin: Originally from the concept that houses were a shelter from the elements; later from the concept that investment in property is more secure compared to other more risky ventures.