Review: THE FOURTH STALL by Chris Rylander

The Fourth Stall 
Chris Rylander
314 pages
Publisher: Walden Pond Press
Release Date: February 8th, 2011
Source: Harcover from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

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 particular Monday. It starts with a third grader in need of protection. And before this ordeal is over, it’s going to involve a legendary high school crime boss named Staples, an intramural gambling ring, a graffiti ninja, the nine most dangerous bullies in school, and the first Chicago Cubs World Series game in almost seventy years. And that’s just the beginning. Mac and Vince soon realize that the trouble with solving everyone else’s problems is that there’s no one left to solve yours.

   Do you have a problem? Mac can solve it. Mac has been running a “solving problem” business smoothly with his best friend, Vince, since nearly kindergarten. Now, Mac’s biggest problem starts off with a small third grader, who’s in need of protection from a kid who isn’t even supposed to exist! A kid named Staples. Staples isn’t only dangerous, he may also break up a very strong friendship. Vince and Mac aren’t only trying to take down Staples but they’re also juggling money to get into the Chicago Cubs World Series game. Can two sixth graders really be able to do all of this?

    I was dying to read The Fourth Stall as soon as I set my eyes on the dark cover when browsing through my older sister’s blog. The book turned out to be awesome, just as I suspected it would be. I have to say, my favorite character all-in-all was Vince, because he’s loyal, funny, and smart. I didn’t really expect the snitch (you’ll have to read it to find out more!) to be who it was. The book was really good in portraying every emotion a book needs to have – sorrow, happiness, anger, confusion, etc. If I could read the book all over again and experience it for the first, I wouldn’t hesitate to do so! But right now, the second book is just begging to be picked up.

    Need another reason to pick up The Fourth Stall? Here’s a wacky saying from Vince’s grandmother (who adds a lot of humor and the right dose of crazy to the book): “A friend is like an eagle with no wings because they’ll both get eaten by a giant spaghetti noodle.”

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This review was written by my 11 year old sister , Asma! :)


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    Lindsay Cummings author

    November 14, 2011

    awesome post, Asma!!

    here's my review of A MILLION SUNS. stop by?!?!

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    Lauren M

    November 14, 2011

    Ha! This book sounds really cute. I'm really curious as to what Vince's grandma meant by that quote! :P Great review, Asma. :)

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    November 14, 2011

    I think I like Vince's grandmother already! She makes absolutely no sense and I can always appreciate that in someone ;-) Awesome review Asma!

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    Gina @ My Precious

    November 14, 2011

    I read this one a while back, found it to be super funny and fun read. I had a little bit of issues with the violence in it, but otherwise it was really exciting. I didn' know who the snitch was either, really shocked me to find out too!

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    A Canadian Girl

    November 15, 2011

    I read a previous review for this one that also really loved it so I put this on my wishlist to give it a try. Vince's grandmother seems hilarious (even if I have no idea what that saying means).

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    January 1, 2013

    Unfortunately, this book wasn't for me. I just never got the humor in it. Not my cup of tea.

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    jackie king

    August 7, 2014

    omg that was a great review! i just finished reading all 3 books to the series and enjoyed it very much. good job