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Codename Zero

(The Codename Conspiracy #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,203 ratings  ·  155 reviews
Seventh-grader Carson Fender finds out there's more to his sleepy North Dakota hometown than meets the eye in this hilarious mash-up of middle-school story and spy adventure novel from the author of The Fourth Stall.

There are places in the world where heroes are born. There are places where brave men and women fight a never-ending battle against evil in order to keep our c
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Walden Pond Press
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Jenni Arndt
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
There’s nothing better to cleanse the reader’s pallet than a good ol’ middle grade novel. No cliche romance, no chance of a love triangle and just piles of fun! Codename Zero was such a fantastic read, one that I took in in a single day and one that I could have devoured much more of if given the chance.

Carson Fender is a prankster. He lives in a small town in North Dakota and is quite frankly bored with the every day small town life. He likes to spice things up with his pranks, take people by
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Drama. Heartache. Boredom. The protagonist Carson, Thinks that North Dakota is the most boring place in the world. Or so he thought, He soon learned that was not true as there was secret service shenanigans going on beneath his known. I think the theme of this book is to not judge a book by the cover because carson thought that life was really boring but he didn't look closer like his friend Dillion so he couldn't see what Dillion saw.
Charlie Nordby
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
In my opinion this book deserves a 9.5/10. It was action packed and kept my attention and I wanted to keep reading it. One example that I wanted to keep reading was when he went into the tent in the circus. It was very suspenseful and I did not know what was going to happen which kept me on the edge of my seat. I continued to read and I couldn't put the book down. The author put in a mix of times when it was extremely suspenseful and other times when it was just calm which kept me on an emotiona ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Thomas liked the story. I found it a bit violent and the writing style kind of annoying. How many times can you say "or something" in one book? I'll probably be forced to read more of these or something. Oh well. Or something.
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was about a twelve-year-old kid in North Dakota who was recruited to a secret crime-fighting organization. Although there were some clichés in there, the overall plot and story were rather intriguing. Carson, the main character, appears to be quite impulsive, as shown when he opens the package despite the man telling him not to, and when he decides to let out all the animals in the circus as a distraction. This book was very interesting, and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes li ...more
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
When the power went out for 5 days I looked around on my bookshelf and found a book that I got a really long time ago, but had never read. Codename Zero follows a middle school boy who is given a package and the instructions to NOT OPEN! Of course, being the school prankster, he opened it. Inside was a robotic voice activated box, that would go off in 24 hours! Join Carson in all of his epic adventures including bubblegum flavored milk, weird kids from Russia, and an evil organization posed as a ...more
Janet Hutchinson
Enjoyable secret agent story - set in North Dakota and involving 13 year kids. Pretty entertaining middle school stuff!
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy spy books that can take place in modern times, this quick paced book captured me and I read it in under a day.
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Carson Fender is extremely bored with his life in North Dakota. Nothing exciting ever happens in his small town, so he has taken on the role of prankster in his middle school to liven things up a bit. But in the midst of his latest prank, a strange man runs up to him, hands him a package, tells him to deliver it to Mr. Jensen and runs off. Suddenly his school pranks don't seem so exciting.

Codename Zero by Chris Rylander is a spy adventure for middle-grade readers. There's lots of action througho
Jason F
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Carson is an ordinary seventh grade boy in the lonely state of North Dakota. What could happen in North Dakota I mean the only bad things are carsons pranks and principle Gomez. Until one day a strange man hands carsons a package and then Bolts away. Carson takes the package home and examines it opens it and pressed a button. All of a sudden Carson hears the worst words of his life. This package with self destruct in fourth eight hours. Barely able to sleep Carson starts to plot of what to do wi ...more
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book. It made burst out laughing and also had me feeling like it was my life on the line instead of Carson's. I would recommend this book to anybody who liked suspense and comedy.
Jan 15, 2016 added it
One of my favorite books in a long time! I have to check more Chris Rylander books!
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is SO GOOD. I would definitely recommend it. It involves lots of high-tech gadgets and has lots of action as well as mystery!
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read the book Codename Zero, by Chris Rylander. This book was an action semi-mystery book and taught me that some things are not what they seem. This cliche theme actually fits very well with this novel because of all of the secret agent stuff. On page 333 and 334 when describing Carson’s first time in Agency headquarters it describes this cliche perfectly. “We must have been close to a mile beneath the surface.” and on page 334 and 345 the book says “Welcome to Agency Headquarters,” Agent Blu ...more
Kyle Zhan
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Valerie McEnroe
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Carson is a prankster. He justifies it this way.

“Someone had to make life interesting around here, to break up the routine of a North Dakota existence. And I guess that someone was me. So, yeah, a day filled with goats and glued doors and staplers and pens would be totally worth it compared to just another day.”

The day he is about to pull off one of his best pranks ever, a mysterious man gives him a package to deliver to Mr. Jensen. He is given direct instructions not to open the package. He ope
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Anne Beardsley
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This started out with a whiny, overprivledged protagonist who was a perpetual prankster because he felt life owed him constant entertainment.

And I kiiiinda hated him. Two stars. This is a popular trope in tween and teen books, but I always want to yell, "So what? Why does your life have to be thrill-a-minute? How about growing up and learning to appreciate what you have when 80 percent or more of the Earth's population would think your life was the kind of life that dreams were made of? How abo
Luke Grundberg
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anybody who likes a good and interesting book
Recommended to Luke by: my friend Dylan
Codename Zero is a book written by Chris Rylander. The author wants me to problem solve. This can relate to the world in a couple of ways. For example, playing mini golf. If the whole is on the other side of the wall, you can bank it off the walls to try and get it into the hole.

The genre of Codename Zero is fiction. Carson was in his parking lot planning a prank where goats faint on the school lawn after school in front of everybody and when Carson´s friends try and glue everything in the schoo
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was another book that turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Initially I thought this was going to be too juvenile for me to read and it took some time to get settled into the world. Once I did, I really enjoyed the story.

It was action packed and while a little over the top (this is classified as Middle Grade, so some of the more outlandish bits were understandable), it was a fun and fast-paced read. The author was able to weave the importance of friendship and loyalty into the story, as wel
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The main character of Codename Zero by Chris Rylander is Carson Fender, a trouble maker who just wants something to happen that will make life interesting. Carson is a little emotional, he can sometimes be very scared or very happy. There are two other people Carson is close to: Dillon, his best friend, and Danielle, Dillon twin sister. Carson just wants something to happen and it does. He is given a mysterious box that contains information and needs to give it to Mr. Jensen. After he does, som ...more
Lonna Pierce
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Nothing ever happens in boring North Dakota, according to 7th grader, Carson Fender. So, he shakes things up as the king of pranks at his middle school, much to the chagrin of Principal Gomez. However, in the midst of an epic prank involving goats and glue, (Don't ask.) Carson is given a mysterious package he can't resist opening. Suddenly, detention is the least of his problems as he is drawn unwittingly into the high-tech world of spies and witness protection intrigue. His first assignment inv ...more
Liz Willard
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm not too far into reading the middle school Battle of the Books books, but I think I may need to adjust my expectations. Or maybe not? This was entertaining, but felt a bit condescending. It pulls together every spy story stereotype (people with funny/Russian accents, gadgets, men in dark glasses and suits) imaginable, with irony, yes, but it still feels a bit silly. Perhaps that is the point, and it may be appropriate for readers unused to spy stories. As I said, entertaining with a good dos ...more
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Read this young adult book for the state challenge. It is hard to find books set in North Dakota! Carson is an 8th grader who thinks that ND is just duller than dull. Therefore, he is pretty surprised when he becomes Agent Zero and helps some real agents protect a young boy in a witness protection program ffrom the group that is after him.
Jessica F
Nov 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
A bit too predictable for my taste, but the short, action-packed chapters are sure to appeal to reluctant readers. Overall a fast and fun read. Perfect for fans of Stuart Gibbs and the Spy School series.

3.5/5 stars.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This story is about a random kid who got a mysterious box from a sweaty man and was ordered a mission to give it to someone. But he opens it and finds out what it is and quickly tries to find the person and live normally again. This story was a bit too childish for me so I kind of was bored of it.
Mickael   C   Kepler
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was one off my all time favorite books, it had a lot of action but it was still funny. The Chris Rylander did a great job creating this book. I think to like it the most you would have to be 11-13.
Oscar Cao
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's pretty good And Its about A Kid Agent saving a boy called Olek. It's a mystery and action Gengre Book Its good for Elemantry School Students It took me only a day to read finish. And I recommend d you to read Countdown Zero and Crisis Zero after reading this book, it's a series of book .
Madeline (The Bookish Mutant)
I managed to get through it, but it was just a bit too over-the-top for me.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great read! An awesome spy adventure that kept the pages turning and my mind engaged.
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