Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Review- The Fourth Stall Part II by Chris Rylander

The Fourth Stall Part II
By Chris Rylander

The life of crime is good.Mac has taken down legendary high school crime boss Staples, business has been booming, and Mac and Vince are getting ready for middle school baseball tryouts. But this can't last. Mac has always tried to keep his friends close and his enemies closer. But what happens when you can't tell the difference?
This dilemma walks into the fourth stall in the form of Trixie Von Parkway--an eighth grader with a mean look and an even meaner predicament. The new science teacher is terrorizing her, and she needs Mac to get him off her back. Seems simple enough, but as Mac starts to dig deeper, he finds even more trouble brewing at his school, including a new administrator bent on destroying his business, and indications that Trixie isn't who she claims to be. In the past, the worst thing that could have happened to Mac was that he might lose a little money, maybe catch a beating. In "The Fourth Stall Part II," though, there's going to be much more on the line than that.

Oh Mac, what have you done. My 6th grade crush gets into some deep trouble when he starts looking into fried fatty foods in the cafeteria and rat droppings in the lockers. And then she walks in the door. Trixie von Parkway. He knew she was trouble the minute she walked in and she sets in motion a whole world of events that leaves Mac and Vince reeling at the end.

I'll start from the beginning. Mac and Vince have their business back and it's busier than ever. Things are running smoothly until weird things start happening at school.

First, Trixie shows up saying the new Science teacher is giving her a hard time because she broke up with his son. She wants Mac and company to get him off her back. Mac describes her as a rattlesnake throughout the book so you know he doesn't believe her, but she does prove valuable.
 Then the healthnut boy, Jonah complains because the cafeteria is serving nothing but fried foods. Or double fried in the case of fried chicken with sides of fried chicken skin and double-fried French fries.
    
 "Do you know how many calories are in that stuff? I mean, it's like a ton of calories! Or how much      saturated fat? how much LDL cholesterol?"....I tried not to laugh because my mom and her friends were always going on and on about those evil calories and it just sounded so strange coming from a seventh grader....."Okay Jonah," I said,"we'll help you, but you've got to calm down." The truth was, I wasn't too sure I wanted to solve this problem. (pgs18-19) of the ARC

 That's my Mac, always thinking of others!! He knows the other kids love that food. But then more problems.



The germaphobe comes in with the problem of feces from some animal in his locker. Even Mac and Vince won't touch that. They have to call in the specialist for that. And then there's the problem with the Science teacher who is also the new baseball coach. Mac and Vince both want to try out as 6th graders and know they don't have a good chance, but still. Once they find out Mr. /Coach Kjelson is a Cubs fan, they just know he can't be a bad guy. All evidence points to him being a great guy. And he's a CUBS FAN! Mac and Vince are really in a bind. But nothing like the ones they get into later in the book. And it looks like the business may just be gone for good.

I still say if I was in 6th grade I'd have an even bigger crush on Mac than in the last book. He'd be a hero. He has no idea what girls are all about but I'm hoping to read about him in the future. I can't wait until he gets mixed up with girlfriends. That will really be interesting. She'll have to be a Cubs fan that's for sure.

The Fourth Stall II was even better than the first but very different from it. I loved both and hope there will be another book or books in the series. I am very fond of Mac, Vince, Joe and Fred. And I love Kitten! You really have to read these books to learn about Kitten the meanest bully you'll ever read about. I will not tell you why they call him Kitten. Nope. Read it!
I wouldn't call this a boy book, but it is written from Mac's point of view. I love reading from the boy's point of view. It helps me understand them, a little, maybe.

All I can say for this one is that I was smiling when I started, laughed through several parts, and was smiling at the end. I was remembering my time in 6th grade trying to picture who my Mac would have been. No contenders. Mac remains fictional and holds my 6th grade heart.

I received a copy of an ARC from the publisher Walden Pond Press for an honest review. This in no way influenced my review. Thank you Kellie!

Try this series- I know you'll enjoy reading about these future swoon worthy boys!

Heather

18 comments:

  1. The cover and title TOTALLY cracked me up. I will have to check this one out.

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    1. You need to read the first one. Great books for your upcoming time away :( Hope it goes by fast. I was serious about the extra credit for food thing.

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  2. Awesome, I can't wait to start this series. It sounds like so much fun!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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    1. Jess- It is fun! I've loved reading it and believe there will be more.

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  3. You can't say things like "I won't tell you why his name is Kitten" Heather! That's just cruel, because of course now I'm dying to know! These sound like really cute books and really quick reads and I always enjoy those types of stories:)

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    1. That's because you need to read these books! I swear you'll be crushing on Mac and if you're a Cubs fan Vinnie too! That stuff goes over my head, but I call it out to my husband and he's like yeah, I remember that.

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  4. I've seen the covers of these books while working at the library. They look like a great, quick read. I'll definitely see if I can find them on the shelves at my library. I'm super curious about this 'business' and I love how the print reminds of "The Godfather" movies. :)

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    1. Rummanah- That's exactly what it's supposed to remind you of b/c that's kind of what the business is like but not in a scary way. I just love that it's in a bathroom! Cracks me up!

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  5. Oh this one does sound like a cute book! Oh I think I have the perfect audience for these MG books. Of course, after I read them. :D

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    1. I've still got a 12 yr old boy so I can "pretend" they are for him, but really, I love reading them! There are some amazing books out now for MG readers and these would especially appeal to boys as the narrator is Mac
      *sixth grade me crushing*

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  6. Oh this one do sounds great! I haven't read the first one mainly because I am not such a huge fan of MG novels... I just don't like protagonists that are too young... But then again, I loved HP (duhhh) and also Infinity where Nick is only 14...

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    1. Okay, there are no romances, but I think the adventure and the "Godfather" type aspects of this plus the adult references with Mac saying things like, "I don't know what she was saying" are funny. It's a great fun read.
      Especially when you're burned out!

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  7. hahaha! Mac sounds like a ball of awesome. I love that he thinks of calories and others. Very considerate of him.

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    1. Oh Mac is always thinking of others, but don't let that fool you. He's a business man. He makes money off of others problems. He'll probably be President one day!

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  8. Hi Heather...I have the first book and haven't had a chance to read it, but I really want to, it sounds so fun. Loved the whole discussion on the fried foods. That would make me so ill. I definitely need to get this book as well.

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  9. Seems like ive seen these book around but never paid them any attention. But now I'm thinking I might want to give them a try. Sounds like a fun series!

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  10. Lol, I definitely like the sound of this one! And a book that has you smiling and laughing is definitely proof of a good one! You make me want to run and check it out. Great review!

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  11. Yes, I would have been smitten with Mac :) I can't wait to read the next book!

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