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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

What's the Mafia doing in Middle School?


The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander has been named the 2012 winner of the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor, a yearly award granted by The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrator’s (SCBWI).
Why'd it win? Picture the mafia, the Godfather, and folks saying, “I’m gonna make you an offer you can’t refuse.” Now pictures those folks, the mafioso, as sixth-graders with names like iBully, Prep School, and Kitten!  THE FOURTH STALL is hilarious (hence the award), but it’s also a clever tale about a kid who uses mafia-ish tactics to help schoolmates solve their problems. And just like in The Godfather, this story has intrigue, betrayal, and a level of mystery that would make Francis Ford Coppola smile. You’ll guess and re-guess about the twists until the end.
RATING: 5 out of 5 lollipops
If you want to buy a great book for a boy or a girl, THE FOURTH STALL is a sure bet. (And in case you're still wondering, it earns a five out of five lollipop rating).

The Triumvirate
Author:  Chris Rylander
Editor:  Jordan Brown
Chris Rylander receiving award
Agent:  Steven Malk (Writers House)
  • Reading level: Ages 8 and up
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Walden Pond Press (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061994960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061994968

Past Sid Fleischman Award  Winners:
Year*
Winner
Book Title
Publisher
2011
Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze
Aladdin
2010
Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have
Egmont USA
2009
As if Being 12 3/4 Isn't Bad Enough My Mother is Running for President!
Delacorte Press 
2008
No award given.
2007
Clementine
Hyperion
2006
Absolutely Positively Not
Arthur A. Levine Books
2005
Al Capone Does My Shirts
G.P. Putnam's Sons
2004
Millicent Min, Girl Genius
Arthur A. Levine Books
2003





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