The Fourth Stall

The Fourth Stall

by Chris Rylander


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ISBN-13: 9780061994975
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Series: Fourth Stall Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 70,090
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Chris Rylander is the author of the Codename Conspiracy series and the Fourth Stall saga. A fan of chocolate, chips, and chocolate chips, he lives in Chicago. You can visit him online at

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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.

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The Fourth Stall 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 142 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Fourth Stall is an engaging story with themes for middle school age children in dealing with bullying, solving problem, and developin their own creative ingenuity. Fun read, my students loved it.
AuntieMarg More than 1 year ago
Even though the book was aimed for a young audience, I loved it as an adult. I am a bit prejudiced; the author is my nephew. The plot is plausible and fun. The verbage is simple enough for young readers, but still delights adult readers. Characters are believable and the setting is realistic. I recognized local names and places from the author's hometown. The dialogue sounds like elementary kids speaking. The moral of the tale is: be loyal to your friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HILARIOUS im a girl and i think girls can read it even though it was aimed for boys but it was so funny cant wait to reaad the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is so interesting and it always keeps you on the egde of your seat.
Monkey300 More than 1 year ago
loved this book! it was easy reading and funny. the characters are unique and surprising, and there is an interesting twists on how to handle bullies that i loved. the plot has awsome twists and keeps you wanting more. has a lot to teach about trust, friendship and money budgets lol...this book is great for anyone of any age. like it says, "do yourself a favor, read it", i personally can't wait for book 2!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my 10 year old grandson for Christmaws along with several other books. He decided to read this book first and he made it a point to call and tell me how much he is enjoying it. He said it is funny and he is really glad I got it for him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written and interesting. it kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time. There is a second one andbthe third is coming out on febuary 5 2012 im defenitly gonna get it!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book. Read it in 2 days. Very interesting and it is a great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it please!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book as summer reading for middle grade students. When a third grader shows up to Mac's and Vince's business seeking help for owing a large sum of money to a school gambling ring, the two protagonists wrap themselves into a problem that one could label 'The Mob meets Middle School' when they hire a group of bullies as strongmen and tie themselves up in a turf war. The story centers on themes such as friendship, trust, problem solving, bullying, and materialism and uses lots of slapstick and mystery tropes in lieu of preaching. There are a host of secondary characters that are two-dimensional, but endearing. None of the characters are flawless in their virtues, which keeps the reader from taking sides with Mac and Vince, and forces the reader to ask, 'Would I do the same thing?'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is filpin awsome this is the type of book that u can read over and over and not get tired of it lol ttyl
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about a boy named Mac and his best friend Vince. They own a bussiness in the bathroom. Thier office is in the fourth stall from the big window. Mac and Vince are running a good bussiness untill a third-grade boy comes in and gives Mac and Vinve a problem they might not be able to solve! Will the boys give up on the child, or will they try and compelte one of the most dangerous "missions" ever? Also, if you are a Cubs fan, you will LOVE this book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow this book is better than diary of a wimpy kid and percy jackson
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was sooo good. I thought Chris Rylander was very creative. I also met him and he was super duper nice! If you are a Chicagoo Cubs fan you will espeacially like this book. Im am a girl and i thought is was very good. Even if you are a girl you will love this book I highly reccomend it. I love the parts about Tyrell, they were sooo funny. This book left me laghing the whole time. This book is about two friends that make a buissness in a bathroom but that is all I will say you will have to buy the book to find out the rest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As what Great White would say bloody amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Putting it simply, this book was freaking awesome.
hrose2931 on LibraryThing 19 hours ago
Chris Rylander knows how to write funny. I think humor is probably one of the hardest things to write, maybe because I'm not all that funny, but Chris Rylander must be, because I was laughing all the way through The Fourth Stall, even when I was trying not to. Even my very hard to please kids (12 and 15) laughed at the lines I read out loud to them. And when I told them how Mac and Vince got their "office" in the bathroom in the fourth stall under the high window (I know it's a mouth full, but in a bathroom, isn't next to the window important?), they snickered a little. It had to do with a bottle of superglue, a toilet seat and the principal's extremely regular visits to that particular stall, but it's not exactly what you might think. There was a whole lot of glue involved and Mac and Vince had nothing to do with it. Anyway, you know I enjoy my middle grade fiction, but this one, was better than most of the YA I've been reading!I was so tired of reading about angels and saw that The Fourth Stall II (the boys and I got a kick out of why they didn't call it number two, I do live with all boys, even the dogs I have to laugh at bathroom humor), was coming out in just a few days and I hadn't read it yet. So I figured I'd better read the first one. I could hardly put it down last night. I even picked it up before my morning coffee so I could finish the last few pages of it, it's that good. As you can probably tell from the front of the book, Mac named for MacGuyver because he gets things done and Vince run a business somewhat like the Godfather. My husband noticed the resemblance. He doesn't read much and tunes out on book discussions. But if it's the Godfather he perks up. "Hey, that looks kind of like the Godfather," he says after I've been reading all day. "Yes, honey, because these two sixth graders have a business kind of like that, they get things done for kids and if the kids can't pay, they owe favors." "Wow that's a great idea for a kids book." "Yes, that's probably what the author thought when he wrote it." "So what happens?" "I don't know. As you can see, I'm still reading." "Oh, I'll let you finish. Tell me tomorrow. Anybody named Sonny?" "No!" So , yes Mac and Vince run a business during morning and afternoon recess and lunch in this very far away bathroom that no one uses. Mac has a desk and people come to him with their problems and he solves them. Vince keeps the books. And they have muscle at the door, Joe the biggest kid in the school who only lets one person in at a time and keeps the crowd low so it doesn't look suspicious . Mac and Vince are the biggest Cubs fans in history and they are saving to go to a World Series game. And this year looks like it could be their year. This was another fact my husband was interested in because he told me the Cubs were the worst team"in the history of the free world." When he tacks that phrase on, I know they must be pretty bad. Anyway, I figured, this is fiction so why couldn't the Cubs go to the World Series. I was keeping an open mind about the whole thing as I'm sure Cubs fans do every year!Things are running smoothly until their worst problem in years comes in, a pint sized third grader who has been placing bets with the fabled Staples. Until that day, no one even knew that Staples was even real, he was just a rumor. Staples is sending The Collector after the third grader, Fred, and he's afraid of what The Collector might do to him. As Mac and Vince make plans to take down Staples who has infiltrated their school and therefore their business, they find they have a spy in their midst, a thief, they have to meet and work with the schools nine biggest bullies (reading about Kitten alone is worth the price of the books) and their World Series funds begin to dwindle. What ensues is a systematic take down of Mac and Vince's business and friendship and a backfiring and double cross of all the plans Mac makes to take Staples down. And as is always the c
delzey on LibraryThing 19 hours ago
Mac's the guy you go to when you need a problem solved, but when a gambling ring muscles in on his territory has Mac finally come to a problem too big to solve? Mac is the go-to guy when you got a problem that needs fixing. Need tickets to an R rated film when you're only in sixth grade? Mac's your guy. And through a combination of traded favors and cold hard cash there is very little Mac can't fix. He's a sixth grade wiseguy with integrity, and honest, and he and his friend Vince have built quite a nice little business for themselves in the fourth stall of the East Wing boy's room. But that all goes south when a third grader comes in for protection from a gambling racket run by a legendary kid named Staples who is looking to muscle in on Mac's territory. Piece by piece, Mac's quiet little empire falls apart as Staples puts the financial squeeze on kids and sends in his high school thugs to do the dirty work. On top of all this is Mac's best friend and business manager, Vince. Together they've built the business and have been saving up so that when (not if) the Cubs go to the World Series they'll have enough to buy the tickets. But there are some problems with the books and all fingers point to Vince. It's beginning to look like Mac has a mole in his operation, confirmed when he spots Vince taking money from... Staples? Worse, someone has broken into Mac's room and taken all his business's assets, thousands of dollars worth. Just when it looks like he's going to have to fold up shop and join Staples, Mac makes a discovery that gives him just enough leverage that might allow him to regain his business and send Staples packing for good. I think somewhere along the way every middle grade boy has had a fantasy of running some great moneymaking business, and probably out of school if not a vacant stall in a bathroom. They are grandiose schemes built on the fine American notion that if you build it, they will come, never realizing they needed it before. Mac's services provide easy answers to generally easy questions but with some complicated twists. Mac has hired muscle ¿ a loose conglomeration of the school's bullies who can be bought for a price ¿ and the school has a genuine problem with gambling on school sports, athletes who are willing to throw games, and bookies putting the screws on kids who are too young to understand what they're really getting themselves into. It is the playground made hyper-real, the natural extension of the acceleration of childhood. Like a New Yorker cartoon with kids speaking and behaving as adults, only with a lot more malice involved. Rylander gets that childhood is a violent mirror of the adult world, and that kids choosing to emulate that world will make the same, and worse, decisions when confronted with trouble. Suspicions will be built on the flimsiest of circumstantial evidence, trusts will be misplaced, character motives will not always seem as clear-cut as they are presented. Mac and Vince grew up together in a poor trailer park, but while Mac's family made it out to relative security things aren't so easy for Vince, and the unspoken tension grows throughout. Vince, it turns out, may have more in common with the super bully Staples which causes Mac to do some serious soul searching (and old fashioned gumshoe work) to better understand their common motivations. The emotional landscape of boys is rich in The Fourth Stall, with plenty of moral ambiguity to cause a careful reader to double-back on their assumptions the same way Mac is forced to throughout the investigations. There is a final confrontation that is inevitable but interesting an open resolution regarding Staples that suggests not all crimes stories are so neatly tied up as they are on TV or in movies.I keep thinking there has to be a name for this appropriation of adult genres into children's books; taking hard boiled detective, or in this case the gangster-crime boss drama, and layering the stories over a school sett
mountie9 on LibraryThing 19 hours ago
The Good StuffRachel described it as Godfather for middle school & that is exactly what it is - well without the violent deaths of courseDialogue is hilariousfast paced, exciting and funny story that middle school boys will lap upGood message of friendship and trusting and being their for each otherWould be great book to talk about for Grade 5/6 classroomsDiscusses problems faced by those from lower income familiesThe premise is wonderfully uniqueLikeable characters that most kids can relate to The Not So Good StuffDrags a wee bit, might turn off the more reluctant reader Bullies are put in an almost postive light at times Favorite Quotes/Passages"By "they" I mean every kid in the school. First graders up to eighth graders. Everyone comes to me for help, and most of the time I'm happy to provide it. For a small fee of course.""There are teachers who monitor the halls, but I've found over the years that most teachers are pretty clueless when it comes to how things work among kids. They are never around when the real stuff comes down.""Plus, he used "please" and "thank you" more than any kids I knew, and those words were like drugs to adults."Who Should/Shouldn't ReadMiddle grade boys will love thisEven good for middle school girlsAdult readers will get tons of giggles with the thinly veiled Godfather plot points and dialogueA must have for middle school libraries4 Dewey'sI picked this up at OLA last year and hadn't gotten around to reading it till now
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing 19 hours ago
Christian "Mac" (short for MacGuyver) Barrett is the kid who can get you what you need. From his office in the East Wing boys' bathroom, he deals in favors and cold, hard cash, helping kids with their problems, even if it means violating the school's code of conduct. But everything changes when Fred shows up: a scared third grader who's gotten in way over his head with a high school bookie named Staples. As Mac tries to help Fred, he learns just how deeply Staples has infiltrated his school. He's gotta shut Staples down, but when you factor in snitches, hit men, and ultimate betrayal, things get complicated really fast. This is a great concept for a middle grade novel and it's definitely got its moments. I loved the relationship between Mac and his best friend Vince. There are definitely some twists and turns that I didn't see coming. The writing is a little uneven and sometimes repetitive and I think the book would have been stronger if it had been more tightly woven. That said, the unique plot will be an appeal factor and I think the middle grade guys will dig it. I'd recommend it to fans of Gordon Korman's Swindle or Michael Winerip's Adam Canfield of the Slash.
GRgenius on LibraryThing 19 hours ago
Psst! Hey, YOU. Yeah you. Come over here¿Do I have a story that you¿re gonna be glad YOU heard.Picture it. Sixth grade. Just last week.There were these kids you see, but mind you not just any kids. Kids with a mission and the means to accomplish them. The brains¿Mac. The brawn¿Vince. Together they were one unstoppable duo, but in a good way¿at least for most of us. They could be depended on to get you outta a jam JUST like that. No problem. That was until Staples and his goons showed up. Whew. Let¿s just say they got a run for their money.What¿s that?Who ended up on top? Whadda I look like, some sorta snitch?I gave you the pieces¿you put them together.I¿m out.-- resumes normal voice -- So, need I say that this book was enjoyable? It was¿it most certainly was. As a matter of fact, when I first heard about it a while back, I wasn¿t too interested. I know, shocking right? It took coming across a copy in our local bookstore and a breeze through both the synopsis and first few pages to convince me, but then¿I was hooked. Hooked I tell you! Let¿s investigate this case of bookish hook-age a bit further (that sounded wrong, but you know what I mean)¿Starting with the cover, one can see where this book might carry at least a few laughs. I mean come on¿really, look at it! It¿s a play off the old classic, The Godfather by Mario Puzo, while adding its own unique charm with a roll of toilet paper replacing the obligatory puppet strings, but really¿that¿s a way to control a situation as well as anyone knows that has been in the ¿Oh-dear-goodness-there-is-no-paper-in-this-stall!¿ issue before. *ahem* Anywho, book covers work to artistically portray the story within, and this is no exception. The events¿or as we Italians like to say the bus-i-ness (
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters and dialogue but wow, these kids are doing a lot of bad things and getting into dangerous situations without letting adults know. I told my kid not to do ANYTHING the characters in this book did, and if he is ever threatened by older, bigger bullies, to tell me or a teacher/principal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book wasnt what i thought it was but it was still ok. :/