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The SOS File Hardcover – May 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805068880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805068887
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #886,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5–Mr. Magro asks his students to write about a big emergency, for "fun and extra credit," and the 12 stories that follow are the result of that assignment. (All but one receives extra credit.) The situations described are as varied as the personalities that emerge as the children read their stories aloud. Some tales are poignant, others are humorous; all are as credible as the characters sketched. Some youngsters are determined; with the help of her mom, Joy Frazure tracks down the man who saved her as an infant, just to thank him. Others demonstrate quick thinking or the ability to rethink opinions: Abe Lincoln's words save Augustus T. Bruewhiler III from a bear during a camping trip while a goat helps Robbie Robinson change his mind about mean Mrs. Meany. The final story–the one that didn't get extra credit–by Anonymous reveals how an astute teacher helped shape a boy who had trouble learning and had to repeat first grade. It's Mr. Magro's own inspiring story. Lighthearted sketches enhance characterization and add to the already open format. Children's ages are not specifically mentioned, broadening the appeal of this engaging, plausible, and highly readable collection of anecdotes.–Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at District of Columbia Public Library
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From Booklist

Gr. 4-6. In another collection of stories by the authors of My Dog, My Hero (2000), students describe distressing situations in which they needed help. Framed as extra-credit class assignments for Mr. Magro's class, the 12 first-person narratives reveal a range of personalities and situations, from a dramatic runaway go-cart ride and facing the consequences of eating one's fund-raising candy to overcoming fear of failure in playing baseball. The concluding story about coping with a learning challenge is revealed as Mr. Magro's own, illustrating that teachers are people, too. From familiar difficulties (losing a beloved object) to extraordinary ones (the sobering but ultimately uplifting account of being rescued as a newborn from a motel dumpster), 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. Black-and-white, cartoonlike drawings enliven the stories. Shelle Rosenfeld
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Leal on March 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As a fourth grade teacher, this book was useful on so many levels. First of all, I read it aloud, chapter by chapter to my students. They were enthralled! Then, we conducted our own "SOS" Writing contest in the classroom. The book addressed many of what fourth grade writing teachers experience in the classroom: the personal narrative. This book will answer the frequent kid question, What do I write about? Enjoy! This is a keeper!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
In The SOS Files, Arthur Howard provides the zany cartoonish illustrations to this set of twelve short illustrated stories about students' 'biggest emergencies'. From a Pink Panther adventure to an encounter with the neighbor Mrs. Meany, The SOS Files provides some fun situations and entertaining tales for beginninger readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Allain on December 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"Mr. Magro invites his students to write about the biggest emergency in their lives. From riding in a go-cart out of control, to being the last at-bat when you need a run to win, each essay interprets "emergency" differently." (summary by Texas Library Association)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you like people in trouble you will love this book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Flalamingo on March 19, 2014
Format: Paperback
Have you ever wanted to read a book just about something adventurous? Not something about Yellow, mellow laziness. Well this is the book for you! 13 stories about kids (And one teacher!) make this book unlucky! Haha! Get it?
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