The SOS File

The SOS File

By Betsy Byars; Laurie Myers; Betsy Duffey; Arthur Howard (Illustrator)

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Hardcover, 9780805068887, 80pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2004


"Have you ever needed to call 9-1-1, but you couldn't get to a phone? Have you ever needed to run, but your legs were like spaghetti? Have you ever needed to yell "help " but your throat was dry with fear?"

Laugh, cry, and panic with Mr. Magro's class as they listen to twelve exciting SOS tales

Throughout the year, twelve of Mr. Magro's students have written about their biggest emergencies and tucked them into the SOS file. Now it's time to read the stories out loud and try to guess whose contribution has not earned extra credit. Sit back and enjoy twelve humorously illustrated stories that are sure to keep your heart thumping.

"The SOS File" is a 2005 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

About the Author

Betsy Byars is a recipient of the Newbery Medal, and her two daughters, Laurie Myers and Betsy Duffey, are also well-known authors of a number of successful middle-grade novels. Their first collaboration was the popular My Dog, My Hero, illustrated by Loren Long. Ms. Myers's previous book with Holt is Lewis and Clark and Me.

Arthur Howard, an illustrator of note, is best known as the illustrator of the Mr. Putter and Tabby series by Cynthia Rylant. He has also written and illustrated three picture books of his own, including When I Was Five, an ABA Pick of the Lists. He lives in New York City.

Praise For The SOS File

"The mother daughter trio behind My Dog Hero are back with a more creative conceit to tie stories together. . . .this collection will be a hit with its target audience and is perfect for encouraging reluctant readers. Howard's illustrations are spot-on funny and frightening as usual. An excellent package." —Kirkus Reviews

"[T]he stories will inspire thought and discussion about the different kinds of crises that may touch our lives. The accessible format, lively tellings, and diverse characters may also appeal to reluctant readers older than the target middle-grade audience." —Booklist

"[E]ngaging, plausible, and highly readable collection of anecdotes." —School Library Journal

Additional Honors:

Junior Library Guild Selection

Oregon’s Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award

Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List 

Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award Master List 

Great Stone Face (New Hampshire) Children’s Book Award Master List 

Michigan Great Lakes Great Books Award Master List 

Nebraska Golden Sower Award Master List 

Illinois Monarch Award Master List 

West Virginia Children's Book Award Master List