12 November 2012 ~ 0 Comments

The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander

If you need it, Mac can get it. For a price of course. Or maybe just for a favor in return. He is in 6th Grade you know. And has a network that can do, get or know anything. That is just what Mac does. Until competition arrives on the scene.

Whether you are a parent or a teacher, it can often be difficult to find a book that really engages your own tween-age boy. Too old for their old books, not mature enough for newer titles, 10-12 year old boys can be hard to shop for when it comes to reading material.

I found this book to be a nice balance of humor, maturity, and “the dark side” that boys like. I recommended it to my son and he ate it up. This from the kid that has shelves full of unfinished reading. He started it, tried to read it at dinner, and we had to make him put it down at bedtime.

That is quite the recommendation if you ask me!


Do you need something? Mac can get it for you. It’s 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 one particular Monday. It starts with a third grader in need of protection. And before this ordeal is over, it’s going to involve a legendary high school crime boss named Staples, an intramural gambling ring, a graffiti ninja, the nine most dangerous bullies in school, and the first Chicago Cubs World Series game in almost seventy years. And that’s just the beginning. Mac and Vince soon realize that the trouble with solving everyone else’s problems is that there’s no one left to solve yours.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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