The Fourth Stall

The Fourth Stall

Book - 2011
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Sixth-graders Mac and Vince operate a business charging schoolmates for protection from bullies and for help to negotiate conflicts peacefully, with amazing challenges and results.
Publisher: New York : Walden Pond Press, 2011
ISBN: 9780061994968
9780061994975
Branch Call Number: J RYL
Characteristics: 314 p

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GuineaPiggies
Feb 13, 2016

Excellent book. My 10-year-old son loved it, and I (his mom) liked it too. We listed to the audiobook together. My son said that he liked the mystery and suspense of the story. We both felt it was very funny as well. I think kids in 4th grade through 10th grade will enjoy this book.

blue_elephant_802 Jun 05, 2013

It is an amazing book. Very funny, yet intelligent at the same time.

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kessler817
Dec 03, 2012

Loved it!

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MrMiyagi
Sep 14, 2012

There sure is an inordinate amount of gambling by 10-12 year old kids in this book, not to mention attempted murder....
Interesting nonetheless.

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fcbarca4321
Mar 21, 2012

One of the best and funniest books i have ever read!

LocketLibrarian Oct 20, 2011

Great Godfather for young readers, without the blood. Funny and smart, although the ending feels a bit unresolved.

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bibliophage91
Sep 19, 2011

The writing is funny, and the book certainly starts off with witty narration by Mac. I was amused, but overall a tiny bit disappointed. I was hoping for laugh-out-loud funny, even absurdity, because of the implausible film-noir tone. What happened instead was the threat of takeover was real, and there were moral dilemmas in multiple directions. The energy level stayed fairly consistent throughout, instead of cranking up to antic. I had hoped for antic, in the style of Hjiassen's Hoot, for example.

Along with the wiseguy tone, the characters are the best part of the book. Mac and Vince are solid leads, while the school bullies are amusingly described.

It’s a solidly-written book, but despite styling it after the Godfather it was too light to interest me as an adult.

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Buymoria
May 10, 2011

Had me convulsing with laughter! There was just that right amount of parallels to the Godfather, except it was funnier at the same time. Really had you feeling the main character!

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violet_butterfly_1550 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

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Jun 01, 2012

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LocketLibrarian thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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blue_elephant_802 Jun 05, 2013

"We'll just have to make them an offer we can't refuse."

- Christian "Mac" Barret

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