The Fourth Stall
By Chris Rylander
(Walden Pond Press, Paperback, 9780061994975, 336pp.)
Publication Date: January 2012
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Middle school just got a lot more criminal.
Do you need something? Mac can get it for you. Its 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 this particular Monday. Because this Monday is when Mac and Vince find out that the trouble with solving everyone elses problems is theres no one left to solve yours.
Chris Rylander is the author of the Fourth Stall saga, of which you are holding the final installment in your hands right now. A fan of strawberry jam, one-armed cowboys, and the Chicago Cubs, he lives in Chicago.
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.
-Jon Scieszka, author of the Time Warp Trio series
Debut novelist Rylander mines a substantial amount of humor and heart from this combination hard-boiled crime novel and middle-grade character piece. A light and enjoyable caper.
Draws in even the most apprehensive young reader… A robust story rich in action, adventure, humor, and friendship.
-Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
Mac narrates the tale with the arch flatness of a 1940s satire of the noir detective genre…Excellent.