Fourth Stall Part III by Chris Rylander
The saga of Mac, Vince, and middle school organized crime comes to a thrilling conclusion in THE FOURTH STALL PART III. 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 and none of the risk or threat of juvenile prison. There’s even a new business that has stepped in to take their 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 school in the 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 permanent records intact?
Age Range: 8 and up
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Walden Pond Press (February 5, 2013)
Readers will be flushed with excitement to follow Mac’s operations from the fourth stall. (Kirkus Reviews, about THE FOURTH STALL PART II )
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…will not be disappointed. (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), about THE FOURTH STALL PART II )
Mac narrates the…tale with the arch flatness of a 1940s satire of the noir detective genre.…Excellent. (ALA Booklist, about THE FOURTH STALL )
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. (Publishers Weekly, about THE FOURTH STALL )
Do yourself a favor. Read it. Now. (Jon Scieszka, about THE FOURTH STALL )
About Chris Rylander:
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.
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.