The Fourth Stall (The Fourth Stall)
Chris Rylander delivers a funny Ferris Bueler-style middle grade novel with The Fourth Stall.
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 hi
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...more
I rarely stray out of the fantasy genre, but when I do Chris Rylander will be my go to author.
Its rare to read a book in this angsty/relationship is gone so I'm going to die book culture that you find a book with two male characters and its all about them.
Mac is an awesome voice for this book and his insights into everyday things left me in stitches. Often times as a girl I've watched boys in their clusters and wondered what they were talking about or thinking and...more
You know how sometimes it takes a while to get into a book and you’re not sure if it’s going to get better but you figure you might as well stick with it a little longer to see? Well, reading The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander is NOTHING like that!
As soon as I met Mac on the very first page, I was hooked. Mac is no ordinary middle schooler; he’s like the godfather amongst his classmates — a fixer, a businessman who will help you out… for a price. Or...more
Christian, aka Mac (for MacGyver), is a natural born fixer, and he hones his talents in a toiletless stall of a K-8 school. Complete with a CFO and protective muscle, he's quite the Godfather of the elementary set. Until a competitor shows up, and the two warring...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
I can probably sell this to middle school boys, especially baseball fans. This is Rylander's first book for kids, and he has created a p...more
Mac and Vince's business starts to fall apart the day a third grader comes in asking for protection from a bully. Because it's not just any bully. It's the legendary Staples, a kid no on...more
I really looked forward to rea...more
"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 part...more
When Noir meets The Godfather in the bathroom of a grade school you get The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander. It is an interesting concept and there are many amusing parts to the book. I think that it is quite possible that much of it will go over the heads of its intended audience though. However, I can also see how this might appeal to a certain boy reader who is into super heroes, crime shows, and action moves and video games. (So, most boys really).
Mac is the narrator of...more
Christian (known as Mac, short for MacGyver) and his business partner/best friend Vince hold a business in the fourth stall of the East Wing boys restroom at their school. Their business specializes in fixing problems and hiring protection from bullies. This mystery follows the legendary bully "Staples", who is holding an illegal g...more
Fred came to them with information on this thought-to-be-dead, notorious bully called Staples. Staples is apparently no myth and Fred o...more
Sixth grader Christian Barrett runs a tidy little business out of the fourth stall of an unused bathroom at his school. He's a fixer and so good at solving his fellow student's little problems he's earned the name MacGyver or Mac for short. You need test answers, a forged note, or passes to an R rated movie, then Mac, along with his best friend and consigliere Vince, is the guy to see. The business that they started in Kindergarten has been do successful, they've earned enough m...more
Mac, Vince (best friend) and a few other six graders ran a school business in the East Wing bathroom of their elementary school. The location of the bathroom was in an area of the school that no student would use as a bathroom once Mac and his "business partners" took it over as their...more
To be honest, I skimmed the book from the middle on because I had better things waiting to read, but easily got the gist of the book. I would recommend it for 4th-5th grade boys, especially those reluct...more
Unfortunately, there was way too much hitting and hurting of other kids for my taste--totally unnecessary in a mi...more
The main person told from is Mac who runs a business in a stall in the boys restroom, a second-man Vince--long time best friend-- and is a Cubs fan. I was wondering through this like say a girl needed...more