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 really looked forward to rea...more
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...more
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...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
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
The whole concept of the book is clever and imaginative. Mac is a 6th grader, a little on...more
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...more
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...more
To get rid of a bully, Mac enlists the help of the “normal” bullies at his school. There’s a spy in Mac’s business and he has to find out who it is. Ultimately it all w...more
I enjoyed the character Kitten, the way he was described in the story was interesting. The most vicious boy in the school, the biggest baddest bully. He looks like a kitten hes short and sweet. He is my favourite character in the story and has a lot of guts.
"something i learned long ago from watching lots of action movies is having th element of surpr...more
Mac and his best friend Vince has been running "the business" since they were kindergarteners. They help you out for a small fee here and a favour there and own the school in a good guy way. Then the mythic "Staples" branched into their turf and they will surely do everything to keep the status quo.
I love Mac's voice but I'm always a fan of first person smart ass narrator. Doubly hilari...more
Mac (MacGyver-a nickname given to him because he's a problem solver) and Vince have been friends since Kindergarten. They are currently sixth graders running a business at the school solving the problems of the other students and sometimes the problems of adults as well. They have an office in an abandoned bathroom at the school and generally solve problems and collect small fees or the promise of favors in the future. One...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
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