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S.O.S.: Society of Substitutes #1: The Great Escape (HarperChapters) (Paperback)

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By Alan Katz, Alex Lopez (Illustrator)
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I am loving this new series of early chapter books! Milton must foil a plot for world domination with the help of his super substitute teacher mom. Each end chapter contains a progress marker which tells readers how many words, pages, and chapters they’ve completed which can help encourage reading!

— Lindsay A.


If there’s a problem in school, there’s no substitute for the world-saving substitute teachers of the S.O.S.! This is the first book of this hilarious, highly illustrated early chapter book series.

When Milton Worthy learns his classroom’s pet ferret is the evil mastermind behind a dastardly plot for world domination, it’s more than just about any kid could handle. But then not every kid is the son of a member of the super-secret, super-awesome Society of Substitutes!

Now it’s up to Milton and his substitute teacher mom to save Beacher Elementary School before time runs out.

HarperChapters build confident readers one chapter at a time! With short, fast-paced books, art on every page, and milestone markers at the end of every chapter, they're the perfect next step for fans of I Can Read!

About the Author

Alan Katz has written more than 40 highly acclaimed children’s books, including Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs, The Day the Mustache Took Over, OOPS!, Really Stupid Stories for Really Smart Kids, and two Awesome Achievers titles. Alan has received many state awards for children’s literature, and he frequently visits schools across the country. 

Alan is also a six-time Emmy-nominated writer for series including The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Taz-ManiaPinkalicious and Peterrific, numerous Nickelodeon shows, and more. He hosted a long-running game show on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live channel, and he’s also created comic books, trading cards, theme park shows, and hundreds of others special projects for kids and their parents. 

Born in 1976 in Sabadell, Spain, Alex Lopez started drawing when he was a kid, which inspired a love of creating comics and cartoons. With over fifteen years of working as an illustrator, he is often asked “What is your secret?” His answer is simple—listening to music and eating chocolate!

Praise For…

"True to Katz’s style, the plot is funny, surprising, and a little bit silly. Checkboxes and interactive prompts at the end of each chapter inform readers of their progress and encourage them to keep going. Young readers will enjoy the antics in this chapter book, and teachers will enjoy reading it aloud."
— School Library Journal (starred review)

“Interspersed with scenes of frazzled students, leering pets, and action highlights on every page of well-leaded narrative, the caper races along to a final, thrilling surprise!”

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062909299
ISBN-10: 0062909290
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: January 5th, 2021
Pages: 96
Language: English
Series: HarperChapters