The Fourth Stall by Chris RylanderThe Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander

The Fourth Stall

byChris Rylander

Paperback | January 3, 2012

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The humor of Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets a Godfather-like tale of crime and betrayal in this first book in Chris Rylander's The Fourth Stall Saga.

Do you need something? Mac can get it for you. 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 boy's bathroom, fourth stall from the high window. And business is booming. Or at least it was, until this particular Monday. Because this Monday is when Mac and Vince find out that the trouble with solving everyone else's problems is there's no one left to solve yours.

The school setting; fast-paced, cinematic, and funny story; and engaging voice make The Fourth Stall a perfect classroom read.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Chris Rylander is the author of the Fourth Stall saga. A fan of half-eaten candy canes, earnest failures, and Yahtzee, he lives in Chicago.
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Title:The Fourth StallFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.67 inPublished:January 3, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061994979

ISBN - 13:9780061994975

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kids at their Best As adults, we often underestimate what our kids are capable of. A problem arises and we solve it for them thinking that they are just kids. In The Fourth Stall, Mac, Vince and their friends show what kids can accomplish when they set their minds and energies toward a goal. Sixth graders Mac and Vince have been solving problems for themselves and for other kids since their kindergarten days. They work well as a team and even better as best friends. All is going well until and older kid starts muscling in on their school and threatening their class mates. The boys know that it's up to them to solve this problem now before it gets any worse. I found this book both funny and serious. At times, the boys are typical sixth graders with their interest in sports and gaming. Other times, they seem old beyond their years with their concerns for the safety and well being of their class mates. Friendship and trust play a huge roll in their lives, forming a code for their behaviour. When that trust is broken, the results are devastating. I listened to the audio book as read by Mike Rylander, the author's brother. 6 hours 54 minutes. I was amused by the voice characterisation of the bullies. Mostly they had big booming voices and when an odd squeaky one crept in I had to laugh. The women's voices were the best, exactly as I imagine a sixth grade boy would think his mother sounds. Young readers will enjoy the antics of the friends and how they have learned to deal with the bullies of their school. The sports angle will cry out to any fan who wants to see their team in a pennant race. While the situations the kids find themselves in are serious, there are lots of funny incidents that help to defuse the tension. The stories of Mac and Vince continue in The Fourth Stall Part II &III.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "Amazing" This really is an amazing book, I read it in a night and I know it is a boy's read so I highly reccommend that you should get this middle age novel for your kid today. Age range, 9-12.
Date published: 2013-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect for Middle School Boys (Grade 4, 5 &6) 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
Date published: 2012-02-10

Editorial Reviews

Mac narrates the tale with the arch flatness of a 1940s satire of the noir detective genre…Excellent.