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The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander
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Jun 20, 2012

it was ok
Read in March, 2012

Sixth graders Mac and Vince run their business out of the 4th stall in the East Wing boys' bathroom. They will solve your problem - any problem - for the right price. But when they take a case that pits them against a high school gang leader, they discover there are some problems that are too big for 11-year-olds to handle. The book is filled with an unusual level of violence considering the 9-11 year-old intended readership. Fights, kicking, biting, and more are described. While he is being beat up, Max reports, "The air shot out of me and a sharp pain stabbed my stomach.... It hurt worse than I ever would have imagined it.... I wheezed for air.... that's when the side of my face exploded" (with the next punch). Way too violent for middle school literature. They should probably change the age recommendation.

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