The SOS File

By Betsy Byars, Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers

Henry Holt (2004)


Junior Library Guild selection 2004

Oregon’s Children's Choice Award 2007 - Winner

Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award Master List 2005

Great Stone Face (New Hampshire) Children’s Book Award Master List 2006

Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List 2007

Michigan Great Lakes Great Books Award Master List 2007

West Virginia Children’s Book Award Master List 2007

Nebraska Golden Sower Award Master List 2007-2008

Illinois Monarch Award Master List 2008

Kansas City 3 Reading Award Nominee 2007


“engaging, plausible, and highly readable

collection of anecdotes.”

School Library Journal

“the 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.”


“this collection will be a hit with its target audience and is perfect for encouraging reluctant readers.”


“these anecdotal accounts … make for short takes that may well boost the confidence of reluctant readers”

Publishers Weekly