Young Coders, Puzzle Lovers - This one's for you.

Summary:

Hopper isn’t quite ready to transfer to Stately Academy. The school looks absolutely haunted! Things aren' starting off well, either. First,  other students make fun of Hopper. Second, her classes aren’t really the best. But there’s something about her new school that Hopper just can’t put her finger on. The owls have strange eyes, there’s a locked building, a weird janitor, and ... secrets.

Everywhere you turn there are puzzles and mysteries for the students to solve. Hopper gains her confidence when she starts to solve them with her new friend, Eni. Using their coding skills, they set out together to discover and find out the secrets that lie within Stately Academy.


BTSYA / Teen Reader (17):
Secret Coders is a fun educational read that has a strong computer programming foundation. It is easy to see that a lot of time and care were put into the stylistic choices within the art. For example the pixels and greens that pay homage to computers of the past gives the book a nice touch. The author also takes great care in introducing basic coding concepts in an easy-to-understand format. Coding exercises are woven throughout the novel and a website at the end to check out with more fun and games!

The story has a number of engaging, diverse cast of characters who are sure to keep younger readers interested. Despite being rather short, Secret Coders manages to include character development.

All in all, Secret Coders makes for a quick, easy, and painless read that leaves readers wanting more. It is child-friendly and encourages readers to explore programming. No profanity, gore, or romance make this suitable for readers 8 and older. It would be a great gift for students in elementary and middle school.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers who love a little coding with their suspense and mystery will totally get into Secret Coders. Readers work logic and coding puzzles right alongside the characters.

Content Awareness Factors:

The only thing to be wary of would likely be the intense interactions in the story, most of which are minor arguments/fights. There is no real violence, gore, or profanity.


Type of Book:
This is the first book in a graphic novel series that is part mystery, part how-to for basic computer programming.
Educational Themes:

If your reader wasn't into coding before, their interests will definitely be piqued by this book. The puzzles are mini code-writing opportunities, and those continue as you read through the series. [Link to full series on amazon.com]

Reading Level:
2.9
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 17
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. Kids will enjoy following along with the mystery and solving the puzzles. They'll come back to practice coding, too.

Title Secret Coders
About

Secret Coders, Book 1

Author Gene Luen Yang
Publisher First Second Books © 2015
Illustrators Mike Holmes
ISBN 9781626722767
Material Hard Cover
Cost $18.99
Genres Mystery, School, Comics | Graphic Novels, Games, Gaming and Puzzles, Science - Technology
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