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Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander

The Fourth Stall
by Chris Rylander
ISBN: 978-0-06-199496-8
Suggested Ages: 8-12
Buy From Indigo

Description: Do you need something? Mac can get it for you. It's what he does—he and his best friend and business manager, Vince. Their methods might sometimes run afoul of the law, or at least the school code of conduct, but if you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can pay him, Mac is on your side. His office is located in the East Wing boys' bathroom, fourth stall from the high window. And business is booming.

Or at least it was, until one particular Monday. It starts with a third grader in need of protection. And before this ordeal is over, it's going to involve a legendary high school crime boss named Staples, an intramural gambling ring, a graffiti ninja, the nine most dangerous bullies in school, and the first Chicago Cubs World Series game in almost seventy years. And that's just the beginning. Mac and Vince soon realize that the trouble with solving everyone else's problems is that there's no one left to solve yours.

The Good Stuff
  • Rachel described it as Godfather for middle school & that is exactly what it is - well without the violent deaths of course
  • Dialogue is hilarious
  • fast paced, exciting and funny story that middle school boys will lap up
  • Good message of friendship and trusting and being their for each other
  • Would be great book to talk about for Grade 5/6 classrooms
  • Discusses problems faced by those from lower income families
  • The premise is wonderfully unique
  • Likeable characters that most kids can relate to
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Drags a wee bit, might turn off the more reluctant reader
  • Bullies are put in an almost postive light at times
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"By "they" I mean every kid in the school. First graders up to eighth graders. Everyone comes to me for help, and most of the time I'm happy to provide it. For a small fee of course."

"There are teachers who monitor the halls, but I've found over the years that most teachers are pretty  clueless when it comes to how things work among kids. They are never around when the real stuff comes down."

"Plus, he used "please" and "thank you" more than any kids I knew, and those words were like drugs to adults."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Middle grade boys will love this
  • Even good for middle school girls
  • Adult readers will get tons of giggles with the thinly veiled Godfather plot points and dialogue
  • A must have for middle school libraries
4 Dewey's

I picked this up at OLA last year and hadn't gotten around to reading it till now

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