The students in Mr. Magro’s class submit stories for the SOS file about their biggest emergencies, and then they read them aloud for extra credit. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2008-2009, 4-6 Nominee
Children looking for humors short stories to take a break from rigorous homework will find The SOS File by Betsy Byars, Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers the answer. Throughout the school year teacher, Mr. Margo asked his students to write a short story about an emergency to receive extra credit in the class. Twelve students take him up on his offer and all but one receives extra credit.
Children will love the twelve wonderfully written funny stories. My favorite is the ¬Chocolate SOS were the writer must sale candy bars for his baseball team only to have to borrow forty dollars from his mother because he eat the candy bars. Find out if his mother loans him the money and read the one story that the student did not receive extra credit for writing. Sit back and enjoy these humors stories, you will sure have a belly ache from laughing so hard.
Recommended by: Denyce Malone, Flanner House Branch
Living with his family in a prison in Bolivia due to his parents’ convictions for drug trafficking, twelve-year-old Diego does his best to live a normal life, but when his mother receives additional fines, Diego risks everything to earn quick money.
I read this novel because of the odd title. Diego, age 12, lives in a prison in Cochabamba, Bolivia. His parents, falsely accused of smuggling drugs, must serve out a 16 year sentence. Diego, however, can come and go; he attends school and earns money as a “taxi,” running errands for other inmates. After a stroke of bad luck, Diego is forced to look for additional ways to make money. His friend, Mando, convinces him “big money” will come from working for foreign men deep in the jungle. The men turn out to be cocaine smugglers and the boys become slaves in the coca pits, stomping coca leaves into a paste that will become cocaine. Attempting escape, Mando dies and Diego barely escapes with his life. The ending of the book is as odd as the title, but the fast pace will keep readers glued to the text, eager to find out if Diego ever sees his family again. I learned a great deal about prison life, “taxi” work and the production of cocaine and plan to read the sequel, Sacred Leaf, very soon.
Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.
Kyle Keeley loves, loves, LOVES games. But books? Uh…not so much. Still, he is excited when he wins a chance to be in an overnight lock-in at his town’s brand new library because it has been designed by the world’s most famous game maker. Once he is there, he is even MORE excited to accept a challenge to win his way out of the library by playing a game designed by that same person. What is not so exciting is the realization that most of the clues he needs to solve to win the game are based on his knowledge of…books! Everything he needs to win his escape from the library is IN the library, and this is the first library he’s ever been in.
A moving rehabilitation story of a pit bull that was rescued from Michael Vick’s notorious dog-fighting ring describes how he and his kennel mates were saved from being euthanized before he was retrained to be a gentle companion animal and adopted by a loving family.
Many pit bull dogs are raised for dog fighting. It’s a brutal life and can make the dogs mean. In 2005 the famous football player, Michael Vick, was arrested for training fighting dogs. Some of his rescued dogs were puppies. This is the story of one of them. Audie started out as a scared little puppy and through love and hard work he became a loving companion. If you love dog stories, this book is for you.
Recommended by: Mary Sullivan – Decatur Branch Library
Will stage fright prevent a very funny bear from becoming a stand-up comedian?
Have you ever wanted to do something, but were too afraid to try? Well Bear knows exactly what you are going through. Bear is a comedian who really wants to make his friends laugh. His jokes are hilarious, he does great in front of the mirror at home, and he is really cool. There is just one problem: Bear gets terrible stage fright. Can Bear get over his fears and make his own dreams come true? OR Will bear end up embarrassing himself in front of his friends? Find out by reading Grin and Bear It by Leo Landry.
Recommended by: Kamara McKinney – Spades Park Branch Library