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Middle School Woes: A Review of The Fourth Stall Part III by Chris Rylander

Posted by on January 28, 2013


The Fourth Stall III
Chris Rylander
304 pages
Publisher: Walden Pond Press
Release Date: February 5th, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

The saga of Mac, Vince, and middle school organized crime comes to a thrilling conclusion in THE FOURTH STALL PART III. Their business is finished, and Mac’s and Vince’s lives have become something they have never been before: simple. None of the fortune or the glory and none of the risk or threat of juvenile prison. There’s even a new business that has stepped in to take their place (and take the heat off Mac and Vince for once). Things couldn’t be better.

But that was before things at their middle school started to go haywire. Before they found out that there’s a new crime boss at school in the town over trying to consolidate power. And before their old nemesis, Staples, came back to town begging for help after his stint in the clink. Just when Mac and Vince thought they were out, the business pulls them back in. But this time, will they be able to escape with their lives and permanent records intact?

  The thrilling conclusion to Chris Rylander’s middle-grade series, The Fourth Stall, is hilarious and unpredictable. Filled with witty humor, the woes of middle school, and competing businesses, this is one book you won’t want to skip out on!

  Mac never thought 7th grade would be so easy, judging by the former complaints he used to have about how hard everything is. Setting his business aside for a temporary break, Mac takes a vacation – from work, not school. But trouble seems to find Mac no matter what, just as bees are attracted to honey. There’s even a new business that’s stepped in to help Mac and his best friend Vince.

  And that’s when the trouble arrives. Mac’s school is literally being trashed and his old enemy, Staples, has come back to town ironically begging for Mac’s help. Discovering a business related to Mac’s in the next town, Mac meets Ken-co, a business-kid with much cooler equipment. With the threat of expulsion looming over his head and an unthinkable fee to pay to save his school, Mac isn’t sure he’ll survive 7th grade in one piece.

  Chris Rylander’s epic trilogy has come to an end. The plot was unpredictable and the characters were just… shocking. Each character is unique and it’s impossible to have a favorite. I couldn’t wait to read this book when I finished The Fourth Stall Part II, and as soon as this arrived I started reading it. Chris Rylander went beyond my expectations and blew me away with the ending. In some parts the story did slow a bit, and while I’m not a big fan of the Cub questions Mac and Vince challenge each other with, I really enjoyed the story overall.

  All in all The Fourth Stall series was pretty good – I can’t wait to see what Chris Rylander will write next!

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