The Fourth Stall (The Fourth Stall #1)
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
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The whole concept of the book is clever and imaginative. Mac is a 6th grader, a little on ...more
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 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, ...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
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
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 ...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
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 ...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