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The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander
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Feb 10, 2012

Read in February, 2012

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

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