Monday, May 19, 2014


After another period of darkness (there is light coming, I swear!), I'm finally back!

This time I have a MMGM feature with the book CODENAME ZERO.

In case you can't really read those tiny letters at the bottom of the page, this book is by Chris Rylander. Sound familiar? He's the author of THE FOURTH STALL, a book that is a member of my endless TBR pile. *sign* There is just so little time.

Goodreads calls it:
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 country and all other countries safe. There are places where the fate of our planet is being decided, even now as we speak, the consequences of which will echo through history.

None of these places are in North Dakota.

Carson Fender, seventh grader and notorious prankster, knows this. He's lived in North Dakota for his entire life, going to the same boring school every day, the same boring movie theater every week, and the same boring state fair every year. Nothing ever changes, and nothing ever happens. That is, until today. Because today a desperate man is going to hand him a package with a dire set of instructions. And that package is going to lead Carson to discover that there's a secret government agency operating in his small, quiet North Dakota hometown.

And that this agency needs his help.

I say:
I've been reading a lot of YA recently, which is not surprising because a lot of YA books I'm following come out in spring (one of the reasons I didn't have a MMGM last week), so it was nice to get back to a MG book. Sometimes enough romance is enough, right?

The book was appealing in a weird sort of way, kind of like a funky-smelling cheese that you can't stop eating. The characters aren't realistic because they are so busy being larger-than-life and funny. I wouldn't say this book is laugh-out-loud funny, but it is one that will have you chuckling.

Plot-wise, this book was pretty straight forward. I kept expecting some giant twist to happen, but, alas, my guesswork turned out to be worth less than the fainting goats.

The writing was fairly simple, so I don't see this book being a difficult read for the targeted age group (eight to twelve year-old children).

Altogether, this book was interesting- maybe not as interesting as Dillon's theories, but still interesting- and very enjoyable. I would recommend it.

4 out of 5 stars.


  1. I enjoyed the Fourth Stall series and this one sounds like a good follow-up. Rylander has a wry sense of humor. Thanks for sharing.


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