The Fourth Stall Part III

The Fourth Stall Part III

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by Chris Rylander
     
 

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The story of Mac, Vince, and middle-school organized crime comes to its thrilling conclusion in the third book of Chris Rylander’s Fourth Stall saga, a series that combines a Godfather-like tale of crime and betrayal with hilarious school comedy à la Jack Gantos.

Their business is finished, and Mac’s and Vince’s lives have become

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The story of Mac, Vince, and middle-school organized crime comes to its thrilling conclusion in the third book of Chris Rylander’s Fourth Stall saga, a series that combines a Godfather-like tale of crime and betrayal with hilarious school comedy à la Jack Gantos.

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, none of the risk or the threat of juvenile prison. There’s even a new business that has stepped in to take its 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 a school another 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 their permanent records intact?

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Kirkus Reviews
In the third and final installment of the Fourth Stall saga, Mac and Vince are pulled back into the world of organized crime at their middle school. Life seemed simple for a while. Seventh grade had started, and Mac and Vince were no longer running their syndicate out of the fourth stall in the east-wing boys' bathroom. Their service had been to help middle schoolers with their problems…for a price. But Jimmy Two-Tone moves in to reopen it, offering a 15-percent cut to Mac and Vince since they had built the business in the first place. "[R]isk-free money," Mac thinks, until Jimmy's operation gets out of hand, and Jimmy finds himself in over his head. All of a sudden a higher power makes a play, demanding a repayment of debts along with permanent records on every student at the school, including addresses, grades and disciplinary records, loaded onto a flash drive. The story becomes so diffuse, implausible and unpleasant that readers will find all characters unlikable by the end. A series that seemed promising in the first volume and improving in the second becomes muddled here, boding ill for the hint of future volumes when Mac gets to high school. Readers of the previous installments will be eager to see how it all plays out, but they may well be disappointed. (Fiction. 8-12)
ALA Booklist
Mac narrates the…tale with the arch flatness of a 1940s satire of the noir detective genre.…Excellent.
Jon Scieszka
Do yourself a favor. Read it. Now.
VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Liz Sundermann
After making huge sacrifices for their middle school organized crime business, Mac and Vince have decided to get out for good. But, as in most gangster tales, going straight proves to be easier said than done. Old enemies who may have turned into allies, customers that will not go away, and new and intriguing business leaders ensure that the middle school wise guys will not stand a chance at keeping away from “the life” this year. Noir and middle school hijinks have never been so delightfully combined as in Rylander’s The Fourth Stall series, and this episode may be the most thrilling of all. Mac’s voice will pull readers in from the first paragraph, and Rylander’s expert pacing will keep them engaged until the last aside. Mac is a believable antihero who cares deeply about his friends and obligations while committing only the most justifiable of crimes. Although the protagonist is serious and contemplative for a seventh grader, the plot is a madcap adventure full of unanticipated twists and hilariously quirky secondary characters. This book can be read independently of the others, but most young people will want to read them all. This is recommended for all collections and for readers who enjoy action, intelligent characters, mystery, and humor. Reviewer: Liz Sundermann; Ages 11 to 14.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062120052
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/05/2013
Pages:
292
Sales rank:
193,417
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.34(h) x 1.03(d)
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Jon Scieszka
Do yourself a favor. Read it. Now.

Meet the Author

Chris Rylander is the author of the Fourth Stall saga. A fan of half-eaten candy canes, earnest failures, and Yahtzee, he lives in Chicago.

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The Fourth Stall Part III 4.8 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 28 reviews.
TheGodfatherOfBooks More than 1 year ago
Okay I've read like every single book in the world (not really) but this to me is the best trilogy I've ever read. Its so interesting and how it all works out. I mean who would really have a business at a school? It sets up this amazing plot. Each book had an amzing story leading up to this amazing climax. If you were to lazy to read it read it now, if you haven't read this trilogy YOU ARE MISSING OUT!!!! Seriously people should read these at school. This is a great trilogy should get a movie adaption. It would be AWESOME. It to me is my favorite series even beating Harry Potter and Hunger Games and Inhertiance, YAH YOU SHOULD READ THESE BOOKS!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never leave reviews but i have read over a thousand books and i have never read a better book. A must read finale for the great series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny intresting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever must read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best by far!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really great book - according to my 10 year old who has read all 3 in the series. My 12 year old is now on book 2 !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read to find out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever i mean look at tye lowest rating its 4 stars! Buy this book (or the first one if u havent read the series yet) I STRONGLY RECCOMEND IT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im really excited to read this one. I read the first one earlier this year and i hope it will be as good as the first one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This bbok is so so so so so so so good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
book4children More than 1 year ago
As far as middle grade entertainment goes, this book has a lot of things I love. The main character is funny and witty. His friends are a concoction of all the weirdest kids at school. He is an intelligent boy that just so happens to have a knack for illegal business. I love the way Chris Rylander never lets us forget that his characters are children. They slurp their spaghetti and play with their fruit roll ups while plotting and carrying out complicated business deals. I haven't read the other books in the series, but I didn't feel lost or confused. Mac does a good job of keeping readers up to speed with his history and the histories of the other characters in the book. I had two complaints with this book. The first is that it reminded me of every other book for middle grade boys on the market right now. The second complaint is the lack of female characters for the majority of the book. However, the few female characters that did eventually show up were fantastic. Kinko was my favorite. She was a character that I really wanted to see more of. She was brilliant, psychotic, frightening, and hilarious at the same time.
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MAKE PART 4
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Does staples find his sister in this book please tell me I'm begging you PLEASE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite trilogy of all time a kid version of the Godfather
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Best book ever
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