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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Chris Rylander  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: in North Dakota

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Illinois Connection

Rylander lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Chris Rylander was born and raised in North Dakota. He loves movies, music and sports of all kinds. Along with the books listed below, he also contributed to the book [ ''Guys Read: The Sports Pages''].

Published Works

    The Fourth Stall Series:
  • The Fourth Stall, HarperCollins, 2011
  • The Fourth Stall Part II, HarperCollins, 2012
  • The Fourth Stall Part III, HarperCollins, 2013Code Name Conspiracy Series:
  • Code Name Zero, Walden Pond Press, 2014
  • Countdown Zero, Walden Pond Press, 2015
  • Crisis Zero, Walden Pond Press, 2016House of Secrets series last book
  • House of Secrets: Clash of the Worlds, Balzer & Bray, 2016 - written with Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini

Selected Titles At Your Library

The fourth stall /
ISBN: 0061994960. OCLC Number:

Walden Pond Press,. New York :. ©2011.

Sixth-graders Mac and Vince operate a business charging schoolmates for protection from bullies and for help to negotiate conflicts peacefully, with amazing challenges and results.

The fourth stall.
ISBN: 0061996300. OCLC Number:

Walden Pond Press,. New York :. ©2012.

Six-graders Mac and Vince, who operate an advice and assistance service for fellow students, face new dangers when a strict administrator is hired to clean up the school and a strange and dangerous girl asks for their help to have a teacher fired.

The fourth stall.
ISBN: 0062120050. OCLC Number:

Walden Pond Press,. New York :. ©2013.

"Mac and Vince have gotten out of their middle school underworld crime business, but an upstart rival business and a run-in with an old nemesis pull them back in"--Provided by publisher.

Codename: Zero /
ISBN: 0062120085. OCLC Number:

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"When a desperate man in a nondescript black suit asks thirteen-year-old Carson Fender to deliver a mysterious package for him, the middle schooler discovers there's something going on in his sleepy North Dakota hometown he had never expected--something involving the CIA"--

Countdown Zero /
ISBN: 0062120115. OCLC Number:

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"Carson Fender returns to the Agency after receiving a note in his school lunch informing him that Agent Nineteen has three days left to live, and that there might be someone inside the Agency working against them"--

Crisis Zero /
ISBN: 006232747X. OCLC Number:

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There is a computer program so unspeakably powerful that its mere existence is unknown to all but the most senior government agents. This computer program is capable of controlling every aspect of communication, transportation, and defense on the planet. This computer program must never fall into the wrong hands or civilization as we know it will be utterly destroyed. This computer program is in North Dakota. Carson Fender -- a.k.a. the retired Prank Master, a.k.a. Agent Zero, a.k.a. the all-in-one World's Greatest Hero and World's Greatest Screwup -- must protect this program, codenamed Exodus. He is paired once again with his best friend, Danielle, aka Agent Atlas. Together, they must expose an enemy agent working from inside their school -- an enemy agent with the mandate to stop at nothing to help secure Exodus. Can Zero and Atlas foil this enemy before it is too late? Carson's final mission will test his loyalty, smarts, and courage as never before.

Clash of the worlds /
ISBN: 0062192515. OCLC Number:

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"With their last adventure just barely over, the Walker kids thought life would finally go back to normal. But things don't remain calm for long... especially when the colossus Fat Jagger turns up in San Francisco Bay--and he's in danger! With the police closing in, the Walkers must figure out how to save their giant friend. When a frost beast is spotted in Santa Rosa--and more mystical creatures start appearing all over America--it's soon clear that the characters from Denver Kristoff's works are invading the real world. It's up to Brendan, Eleanor, and Cordelia to reenter the book world one last time to keep the worlds from colliding, causing mass destruction."--


The Fourth Stall

  • SCBWI Sid Fleischman Humor Award, 2012
  • Indie Next List, Spring 2011
  • Texas Library Association, Lone Star Reading List, 2012
  • North Dakota Library Association, Flickertale Award, 2012
  • Kentucky Library Association, Bluegrass Award Nominee, 2012
  • ILLINOIS READS Book, Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2014
  • Codename Zero

  • ILLINOIS READS Book, Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    If you are interested in booking Chris for a conference, school or library visit, Skype session, or any other venue, please send him a message via the Contact on his website. His agent is Steven Malk. He can be contacted at