I met Chris Rylander at SCBWI of the Dakotas this year. His new book, out this past Feb. is The 4th Stall. It is a MG novel with a kind of Mafia meets middle-school vibe. The basic premise is that Mac, a sixth grader, runs a business out of an abandoned bathroom stall at his school. High-schoolers muscle in on his business and hilarity ensues. It's the perfect Middle Grade book for boys. Humor is excellent. He uses a lot of obscure references, but does a nice job of explaining them. I enjoyed it. You will too.
Things I jotted down that will help me with my writing:
-By the end of the first page I get: The character, his friendship, his business. A lot of other things are set up in a small space too.
-Does a nice job of dropping character description in the first chapter despite 1st person narrator with statements like, "Right now you're asking how a blue-eyed... brown hair... could ever run a business like this."
-Chapter 2 really sets up the problem and tension, though tension was given in chap 1, it is elaborated upon.