The Fourth Stall Part II

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The life of crime is good. Mac has taken down legendary high school crime boss Staples, business has been booming, and Mac and Vince are getting ready for middle school baseball tryouts. But this can't last. Especially when a new vice principal is bent on destroying their operation, and Mac and Vince meet the new girl at school, an eighth grader with a mean look who goes by the name Trixie Von Parkway.

Mac has always tried to keep his friends close and his enemies closer. But ...

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Overview

The life of crime is good. Mac has taken down legendary high school crime boss Staples, business has been booming, and Mac and Vince are getting ready for middle school baseball tryouts. But this can't last. Especially when a new vice principal is bent on destroying their operation, and Mac and Vince meet the new girl at school, an eighth grader with a mean look who goes by the name Trixie Von Parkway.

Mac has always tried to keep his friends close and his enemies closer. But what do you do when you can't tell the difference?

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High school "independent contractor" Mac has already taken the local crime boss, but there is no clear sailing in this new Fourth Stall follow-up. His latest client is the mysterious, ill-tempered Trixie Von Parkway, who claims that she is being victimized by an evil science teacher. Mac's recess research yields some troubling complications, including the possibility of physical and financial pain. An energetic classroom crime romp.

Brian Monahan

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Mac narrates the tale with the arch flatness of a 1940s satire of the noir detective genre…Excellent.
Jon Scieszka
Here is an original-a story that really gets how guys are pals. It’s also funny, mysterious, and true to the heart of what really matters when you are in middle school. Do yourself a favor. Read it. Now.
Children's Literature - Cynthia Levinson
Christian "Mac" Barrett and his sidekick-friend-partner, Vince, are quite the entrepreneurs at Thomas Edison Middle School. For a fee, Mac, a sixth-grader, will solve students' problems, such as running off a bully, forging hall passes, and even, dubiously, supplying answers to tests. When prickly eighth-grader Trixie Von Parkway walks into his office, which is located in the fourth stall of the East Wing boys' bathroom, he becomes not only suspicious but also intimidated. Claiming that her science teacher, Mr. Kjelson, who is also the new basketball coach, wants her expelled, she wants Mac's help in getting him off her back. Meanwhile, the sleuths uncover other oddities, such as the theft of Mr. Kjelson's lab animals and gross cafeteria lunches. Then, the vice principal, Mr. George, starts hounding Mac. The reason, he ultimately realizes, relates to SMART, the state's standardized test, which Mr. George "fixed" so that all the students would fail, after which he would "improve" the school to enhance his career. When central administration announces that the school will be closed, however, Mac confesses that he altered students' test answers. In the end, his confession leads to the vice principal's undoing. The book's humor and intrigue will appeal to young readers, who will also enjoy the role played by dreaded state tests. Reviewer: Cynthia Levinson
VOYA - Devin Burritt
Christian "Mac" Barrett is back in this sequel to The Fourth Stall (HarperCollins, 2011/VOYA February 2011). Just a few months after nailing the villain, Staples, some strange things start happening at the school: a beautiful girl complains of harassment by a particularly beloved teacher, rodent feces appears in lockers, a new disgustingly unhealthy (but tasty!) lunch menu is introduced, and there is dancing for gym. Mac loves all the extra business but begins to worry when a new hard-lined disciplinarian is brought in to fix the school's problems and administer the SMART state standardized test. As the new vice principal begins to crack down on Mac's business, Mac starts to unravel the thread that ties all these mysteries together and discovers the SMART standardized test at its core. The Fourth Stall, Part II tackles a social issue that is hot in the in the education world—standardized testing and the ridiculous pressure it puts on the students and staff. The satire will be particularly interesting to educators and parents sharing this book with their younger teen, but it will probably not resound as strongly with the intended readers. There is, however, plenty of comedy, plot twists, and adventure to keep adolescents engaged. Initially, the pace is slow, but Rylander uses the slow build to set the noir feel of the novel, creating an antihero protagonist who is hard not to like and respect. Fans of the first Fourth Stall will not be disappointed with this second novel. Reviewer: Devin Burritt
Kirkus Reviews
Someone's out to destroy Mac's middle school, and Mac must find a way to stop him. Christian Barrett, called "Mac" after the television secret agent MacGyver, is a problem-solver, operating out of the fourth stall in the East Wing boys' bathroom in his middle school. For a price, he helps fellow students with their problems: taking care of a bully, forging hall passes, selling test answers, providing completed homework and selling prewritten research papers. And now an eighth-grade girl comes walking into Mac's "office" and wants Mac to take care of a mean teacher trying to get her expelled. But there's "something almost predatory" about this girl, like a rattlesnake, and Mac feels "like a small white mouse or whatever it is that rattlesnakes eat." Her story doesn't quite add up, and in trying to solve her problem, Mac both uncovers larger evil afoot and finds Vice Principal George breathing down his neck. This second installment does better than its predecessor at building and sustaining intrigue, as Mac and his right-hand man Vince must put a stop to Dr. George's evil machinations, even if it means putting himself and his business in jeopardy. Readers will be flushed with excitement to follow Mac's operations from the fourth stall. (Fiction. 9-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061996313
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 281
  • Sales rank: 118,034
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.46 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Rylander is the author of the Fourth Stall saga. A fan of chocolate, chips, and chocolate chips, he lives in Chicago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    Julian

    Still reading it but they should make another great book love it every body who read the first one should read part ll

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Loved the twist at the ending! Staples just does'nt want to leave.

    Very well written!
    I am not going to force you to write a 3rd book but if you could that would be great!
    You are the best,
    A 7th grader

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    This book gets props.

    I love this series so much they need a part three and four and five and...

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Mac

    Its the bast book ive ever read

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    To awesome

    Ou must be a physcopatyic homicidal to hate his books you should be tied a stick and sliwly burned alive to protect the human race

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    I think this book is the besr E READ T

    I think this book is the best beacuse it is so funny if you read it i will give you one penniie

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    Anonymous

    The first book, i rated 5 stars. This one, 3. Why. The first books plot is a lot better but in this one, the plot is effected towards mac a little more. Plus, this one leaves a great cliffhangar. Overall, the first one is better.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Best ever

    Love it! the best book ever!This is my favorite book.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    Make a part three. Make a part three. Make a part three. Make a part three. Make a part three. Make a part three.

    Dear Author of the Fourth Stall: I really, absoulutely, 100% love your books. They are amazing and out of this world! So, can you please make a third book of the Fourth Stall? If you could, that would be awesome. Sincerely, a fifth grade girl from Long Island.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Great book to read

    I just love these stories

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    I want more

    This book is so awsome they should make a 3rd

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    I love this book!!!!!!

    I love this series so much i always end up laughing out loud and u really start to care for mac and vince

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    Read this book and amazing

    This is the best series of books I had probably ever read. Everybody thinks by the cover that this is a book made for boys, but I suggest this book to all genders. I finished this book in less than a week. I had thought that i had skipped a couple of chapters but I reread them and relized that it was so good and went by so fast.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Hhdhd

    Great book

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    A

    It is an awesome book but it is only 174 pages and it costs 10.99

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Awesome

    Cant wait for part three

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2012

    IT NEEDS

    It needs parts 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,and 10

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    :)

    Thumbs up!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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