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The Fourth Stall (The Fourth Stall #1)

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,118 Ratings  ·  531 Reviews
Chris Rylander delivers a funny Ferris Bueler-style middle grade novel with "The Fourth Stall."
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 24th 2008 by Aladdin Paperbacks
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Linda Yes! The protagonist is a 6th grader, and he does "business" with his schoolmates in both younger and older grades. I listened with my 5th grade…moreYes! The protagonist is a 6th grader, and he does "business" with his schoolmates in both younger and older grades. I listened with my 5th grade daughter, and we both enjoyed it.(less)
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Jan 13, 2009 Chris added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I don't feel comfortable rating my own book, but I have read it. I promise.
Carolyn S
Mar 29, 2013 Carolyn S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm currently reading "The Fourth Stall" by Chris Rylander, it's one of the funniest books I've ever picked up and all the chapters crack me up. I've only gotten to page 29 but I already see the problem forming and things getting more intense. So far I've learned that Mac (a small six grader) has made his own little "business" in the East Wing boys bathroom, forth stall from the high window. Other kids in middle school bribe him with money and small favors so they can get test cheats, fake docto ...more
Aug 05, 2014 Kristen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
This book was a bit of a sleeper for me. I picked it off the shelf at my library because I knew it was popular with boys from 3rd-6th grade. It didn't grab me right away. I was not instantly struck with an intense desire to find out what happens next. But it had a sneaky way of building up, and by about six chapters in, I was hooked. I kept finding time to slip off to my room to read another chapter or two.

The whole concept of the book is clever and imaginative. Mac is a 6th grader, a little on
Sadie Lara
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Jillian Heise
Review originally posted at Heise Reads & Recommends

I'm always on the lookout for books that will appeal to the boys in my classes. I struggle to find those books that will really engage them through contemporary situations and humor - well I've now found another one to add to my highly recommended for boys list with THE FOURTH STALL. Chris Rylander has created a funny book with heart. Mac, so nicknamed because he can get anything kids want and can solve their problems, thinks he has everyth
A boy named Mac solves problems since he was little, now he has the hardest problem yet. I really liked this book because it was fascinating how one problem just leads to even more problems. I recommend this book to people who like to help others and solve problems.
Giovanni Zuniga
I enjoyed reading this book because it talks about a kid and his own little business in his school. He is very sneaky because he has a office in the bathroom. He goes through some challenges and I really liked this book.
Nolan Walchuk
Jan 20, 2016 Nolan Walchuk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was awesome. It was a very interesting concept with his business and a so-called legend coming true that I couldn't stop reading. The challenges that the main characters had to overcome were seemingly impossible but they push against all odds and come out on top in the end (you could have known since there is a book 2 and 3). It definitely makes the top ten in books I've read so far in my lifetime. I would recommend it to anyone just because I think it is so good and different.
Nov 08, 2015 Marius rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book had a very interesting plot that kept the reader(me) paying attention to the book and not being bored about the book. This book is about a small 6th grader named mac who is the problem solver of his whole school. But one day he gets a problem that is so challenging and ginormous, that he jeopardized his safety, best friend Vince and his entire business.But at the end of the story, he uses all of his intelligence and power and knocks out staples(the super evil guy) from the wh ...more
Irene Carracher Kistler
I listened to the audiobook version of The Fourth Stall. Much of the important action happens in, well, the fourth stall of a deserted bathroom in the school. As a setting, a bathroom stall is so intriguing. I wanted to read it for that reason alone! How will Chris Rylander make me want to keep reading a potty story? It's literally a potty story! Well, it was excellent! It's a full-on bromance with a twist of mystery and adventure. The middle school little guys versus the high school bullies. It ...more
Tiffany Acevedo
Aug 03, 2015 Tiffany Acevedo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a cool book. I found it funny and enjoyable since there's a boy named "Mac" that helps solves children's problems in his school. I never would have thought he would be able to beat this problem since I thought that this one wouldn't able to be solved. This boy proved me wrong about this, and I had a great time laughing along with it. This problem kept getting him into more problems, but I thought what he did for this young kid was nice and generous. It may not get you the firs ...more
Austin Krause
Personal Response:
I thought that overall this book was a fairly decent read, but at times it could get a little sketchy. The author, Chris Rylander, was able to keep me in, wanting more of the book. He used some suspense at times when the plot got too boring and helped me stay with it the whole way through. I actually bought this book a while back not knowing anything about it, never hearing any good/bad reviews on it, but I only read it now. I think, even with the certain areas of sketchiness,
May 14, 2014 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up for my kids because I love The Godfather books and movies. I thought it was a great premise and would be fun to read together. It was not. What it was - a big disappointment.

I didn't think the violence was too disturbing for the recommended age. There's punching, kicking, biting and blood, but it is not described graphically. No one dies or even comes close to dying.

More disturbing was the warped morality. The audience of The Godfather books/movies is well aware of the illegalit
Diane Ferbrache
Sixth grader, Mac, is the Godfather of his school. Do you need help? Protection? Mac and his crew can provide it – for a price. His office is in the abandoned East Wing bathroom….the fourth stall. He meets his match when a third grader comes to him seeking protection from the legendary bully, Staples. Staples has been running a gambling ring in the school and rigging the outcomes of sports events. Now half the school is in his debt and he’s threatening to collect.
I really looked forward to rea
Aug 23, 2011 Gmr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Psst! Hey, YOU. Yeah you. Come over here…
Do I have a story that you’re gonna be glad YOU heard.

Picture it. Sixth grade. Just last week.
There were these kids you see, but mind you not just any kids. Kids with a mission and the means to accomplish them. The brains…Mac. The brawn…Vince. Together they were one unstoppable duo, but in a good way…at least for most of us. They could be depended on to get you outta a jam JUST like that. No problem. That was until Staples and his goons showed up. Whew. L
Jul 20, 2011 Raina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j, realistic, funny, mystery
Honestly, I was hoping for more toilet humor.

Unusual for me, it's true.

But with a title like "The Fourth Stall" and a roll of toilet paper on the cover? I thought this would be a slamdunk for middle school boys.

But no, it's a disappointingly clean read. It plods a bit, and I agree with my Goodreads colleagues who say that it majorly pales in comparison to the awesome The Big Splash.

And here are some specific complaints:

1. Mac seems to ricochet between crazy-saavy and unbelievably nieve. At one
Jun 24, 2012 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you've ever wondered what Al Capone and his buddies might've been like in middle school, The Fourth Stall is your answer. In this cunning, smart tween-age mobster story, Mac is a savvy sixth grader who runs a shady service out of a defunct bathroom stall.

With his longtime buddy Vince backing him up, Mac sells solutions to other kids' problems. He's perfectly happy delivering practical solutions to problems like procuring test answers, or even making loans, until a competitor starts cutting in
C.C. Thomas
Apr 20, 2013 C.C. Thomas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I have read a lot of 'bad' books in my day, ones full of vulgar language and vulgar acts, but this book, by far, is the most morally bankrupt book I've ever read that is targeted especially for young people.

This book left me with such a bad taste in my mouth. Nothing in it is remotely funny, unless you're the kind of person who gets a real belly laugh from school violence, crippling bullying and kids' lives ruined by malicious gossip. It is so mean-spirited and has such a demeaning tone.

The plot
Jul 22, 2013 Jeanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because it and its sequels were constantly on my "hold" list in the library the last two months of school. I must say, while I see why it was so popular with the 6th grade boys, it left me sorely disappointed. First of all, its appeal by the kids is clear to me: they like Mac who gets things done while skirting all authority figures and often the law, or at least school rules. It is super easy to read with a basic vocabulary and short sentences. The only thing to go over their h ...more
Colby Sharp
Apr 16, 2011 Colby Sharp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This morning I finished Chris Rylander’s first middle reader novel The Fourth Stall. I think that authors get better the more books they publish, but sometimes I wonder if that first book is their best book. Authors work so hard to get published that they often spend years thinking about, writing, rewriting and then rewriting that first book. It is so hard to get published that I bet to get noticed that first book has to be a knockout. Mr. Rylander may go on to have a huge career as an author, b ...more
Abby Johnson
Christian "Mac" (short for MacGuyver) Barrett is the kid who can get you what you need. From his office in the East Wing boys' bathroom, he deals in favors and cold, hard cash, helping kids with their problems, even if it means violating the school's code of conduct. But everything changes when Fred shows up: a scared third grader who's gotten in way over his head with a high school bookie named Staples. As Mac tries to help Fred, he learns just how deeply Staples has infiltrated his school. He' ...more
Jeff Raymond
Back in my librarian days, the hardest thing to do, hands down, was to find good books for boys. The publishing industry is basically crap for boys - it's all paranormal romance, vampires and creatures of the dark, or over-the-top action books for guys. There's no middle ground, and then people wonder why boys don't read. There are a lot of reasons why, but the problem only compounds itself when, during the most important reading times of their lives, we're not providing the literature they need ...more
The Library Lady
Sep 21, 2011 The Library Lady rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chicago Cubs fans
Note: My 12 yr old daughter picked this up and commented that one of her male classmates was reading this and said it was good. Then she put it back down!

The premise is good--though it's pretty reminiscent of The Big Splash--and that one was funnier. That's what I think may be wrong here. You are really supposed to suspend your disbelief and believe that all of this is going on in a world that is nearly as empty of adults as that of the strip "Peanuts". Parents are all clueless or helpless and t
Nov 08, 2015 Noa.Marting rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Fourth Stall is a book about Mac, a middle school boy who runs a business in his school’s bathroom stall with his best friend, Vince. Mac solves people’s problems and runs into some difficulty when Staples, a mean bully who takes bets from kids at school, gets in his way. I thought the author’s writing was unbelievably descriptive, which really brought out the main character’s personality. I loved all the little things he added that made the story funny, like the random weird sayings from V ...more
Mari Anne
Aug 22, 2012 Mari Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am only half way through this book and having major issues with it. First of all, there is a reason that most books written for kids are not satirical! Satire is generally lost on the young and I think that will be the case with Fourth Stall. Rylander is trying to satirize The Godfather and the mafioso way in this book but I fear that his attempt at this will be largely lost on his intended elementary school age audience. Instead this book almost comes off as an instruction manual on how to ru ...more
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Anthony Smith
May 27, 2015 Anthony Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book that I read this month was The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander. This book is about 2 kids that run a business inside their school. Their business is to help people with their issue for profit.
One reason why I loved this book is because this book relates to me. I believe that this book relates to myself because when I was younger, I always wanted to run a business with one of my good friends so we could make profits just like the two main characters in The Fourth Stall, Mac and Vince. The
Oct 02, 2014 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mac and Vince run a tight business. If you need something, he'll get it, anywhere from a date to homecoming to part-time protection. He is a classic middle school business, with a twist. You can repay him with favors, and his office is the fourth stall from the high window in the East Wing boy's bathroom. Business is booming but one Monday, a customer comes shaking into the stall. He owes money to a high school legend named Staples. The duo must now outsmart Staples' impenetrable gambling ring, ...more
Jul 26, 2014 Margo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander. Wish I could say I loved it. But I didn’t. It’s not that it isn’t everything the reviews on the inside cover say it is. It’s “a tale with the arch flatness of a 1940’s noir crime novel.” Heck, the cover is a clever take off on Puzio’s The Godfather covers. Very clever. And he’s got that Chandler/Runyon hardboiled private eye talk down cold, with a grade school slant. “He said he’d hurt my cat!” and “I heard he stole some kid’s bike and made him t ...more
This book was very good. It was very interesting at all times, I didn't want to stop reading it. Never boring, easy to understand, tons of cliff hangers. It was also very funny.

In the sixth grade, there is an awesome boy at a middle school named Christian but everybody calls him Mac. He is a problem solver. His office is in the fourth stall of the boys bathroom. If you have a problem, no matter how big it is, he can solve it for you. He helps people because they pay him. And he and his friend Vi
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