The SOS File (Paperback)

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

Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks, 9781627790970, 80pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2004

List Price: 17.99*
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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, a Newbery Medal winner for The Summer of the Swans, is the author of many revered and popular books for children. She and her husband live in South Carolina.

Laurie Myers lives in Georgia.

Betsy Duffey lives in Georgia.

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