|Great escape (S.O.S.: Society Of Substitutes)|
Author: Katz, Alan
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.
Kirkus Reviews (10/15/20)
School Library Journal (+) (12/01/20)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 12/01/2020 Gr 1–3—This fun, energetic story focuses on second grader Milton Worthy's classroom and their class pet ferret, Noah, who has a way of escaping his cage. Through a series of events, Milton's mother ends up being the class substitute, and things get more adventurous from there. Students now get two recesses (before 9:30 am), and the pets take a couple of students on a wild tour around the school building to find a hidden room in the basement. There, they discover what has really been going on at Beacher Elementary School, and work together to save the teacher, the school, and the world. 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. VERDICT Young readers will enjoy the antics in this chapter book, and teachers will enjoy reading it aloud. Highly recommended.—Sara Collins, Willa Cather Elem. Sch., IL - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 03/15/2021 In a tale liberally endowed with silly twists and astounding revelations (plus a checklist at each chapter’s end so that newer or reluctant readers can track their progress), second-grader Milton Worthy is stunned to discover that his mom is actually a crime-fighting secret agent, and electrified to learn that she’s been called in to his school because the class ferret he had inadvertently allowed to escape its cage is actually an evil supervillain making a bid, with the other class pets, to teleport the school (and the rest of the world) to, wait for it, Evil Pet Island. Nor is Milton just a passive observer, for when the nefarious ferret superglues his mom to a chair, he realizes it’s up to him to mount a rescue operation. 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—and a set of related extension activities. Milton’s Beacher Elementary isn’t Wayside School, but it’s definitely in the same district. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.