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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

THE FOURTH STALL PART 2 (Giveaway Included!)

I'm not sure if you remember when I read and reviewed The Fourth Stall, a debut MG by Chris Rylander.  (If you want to check out my review, go here.  I'll wait.)  Anyway, the short version is this: the book was funny and original and I thought it was a great read for boys.
 I couldn't believe it when Chris's publisher, Walden Pond Press, contacted me and asked if I'd like an ARC of The Fourth Stall Part II to review and to host a giveaway. Um.... YES! (And thank you, by the way!)

Here's the book summary:

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. 

Just like the original novel, this book is fun and full of quirky characters and predicaments that will leave you scratching your head. A couple of my favorite lines were these:

*  Dr. George wasn't a real doctor, like the kind you'd go to if you were sick.  Apparently you can become, like, another kind of doctor, too.  I'm not sure exactly how that works, but all I know is that in my experience that fake doctors like Dr. George were usually a lot meaner, and thought they were the smartest people alive.  (Page 34 - take that you PhD's!)

*  He could out-cool and out-spy James Bond with nothing but a used toothbrush and seventeen cents.  (Page 172)

The book is fully of these witty, age-appropriate insights.  And Ryalnder is the master of putting your character in a bad situation ... and then making it worse.  Poor Mac is in trouble so deep in this novel, you won't think he'll ever escape.

The bottom line is this ~ if you know a boy reader in the 3rd grade and up (especially if they have a rockin' sense of humor and/or like baseball trivia) you MUST get this series for him.  Or better yet, you could WIN it for him.  Walden Pond Press will be giving away a paperback copy of The Fourth Stall, a hardback copy of The Fourth Stall Part II, and an autographed bookplate.

You can enter through the Rafflecopter form below.  The contest will remain open through 12:01 AM on release day, February 7, 2012, and the prizes will be shipped to the winner direct from the publisher.  In the meantime, why don't you enter and then go stalk the author?  (Authors like being stalked.)

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LM Preston said...

Not entering just dropping by! Love your blog.

Kelly Hashway said...

Thank you for reminding me that I need to read this one.

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