Monday, May 27, 2013

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - The Fourth Stall Part II


Happy Memorial Day!  I hope you are having a wonderful day today and able to take time to remember those who gave their lives for our country's freedom.

I have a winner to announce!  The winner of a paperback of DEADWEATHER AND SUNRISE and a hardcover of NEW LANDS by Geoff Rodkey is

DARITH LY

Congratulations!  You should have received an email from me with more information.


THE FOURTH STALL
Walden Pond Press 2012

Today's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday post features THE FOURTH STALL PART II. For my thoughts on the original THE FOURTH STALL, click hereWith a second book, there is always the chance it won’t be as good as the first. This is not the case with The Fourth Stall Part II. We once again find Mac and Vince in the middle of a major situation.

From the back cover:
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. Especially when a new vice principal is bent on destroying their operation, and Mac and Vince meet the new girl at school, an eighth grader with a mean look who goes by the name Trixie Von Parkway.

Mac has always tried to keep his friends close and his enemies closer. But what do you do when you can’t tell the difference?

The best part of this book was that it kept me guessing. I honestly didn’t know who the “bad guy” was until almost the end. Rylander keeps the reader on their toes with a variety of twists and turns. I can’t wait to dive right in to Part III, the conclusion of the series. My son read all three books in the first part of May and absolutely loved them.  So if you're looking for a middle grader review, it would be five stars!. He promised me he wouldn't give the third book away to me, but I need to get it read, so we can talk about it. The third book I was able to have signed for him by Chris Rylander when I attended the Wild, Wild, Midwest Conference at the beginning of the month. 

Speaking of Chris Rylander, here is a picture of me with him. I attended one of his breakouts at the conference and enjoyed hearing his thoughts on humor in writing. His start in children’s literature is a story in and of itself. If you ever have the chance to hear him speak, I highly recommend it!

That's it from me this week. I hope you all have a great week!