Secret Coders

Secret Coders

Book - 2015
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"Welcome to Stately Academy, a school which is just crawling with mysteries to be solved! The founder of the school left many clues and puzzles to challenge his enterprising students. Using their wits and their growing prowess with coding, Hopper and her friend Eni are going to solve the mystery of Stately Academy no matter what it takes!" --
Publisher: New York, New York :, First Second Books,, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781626720756
Characteristics: 91 pages :,chiefly coloured illustrations ;,23 cm.


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Aug 07, 2018

Thanks, JCLBeckyC! I just put Level up on hold!

Mar 07, 2017

I'm all in favor of a book that teaches the rudiments of coding, even base 4 number systems, but let's tally all the bad behaviour that's depicted in this book for kids.

-spitting on another student
-breaking and entering
-lying (to parents)
-calling other kids 'stupid'
-threatening violence
-mocking another student for asking questions

I get that Gracie is working through her parent's divorce, but she's still a jerk. The puzzle and the code are something straight out of Hour of Code. I like Hour of Code. This book, not as much.

VaughanPLUrszula Jan 13, 2017

The first in a series, Secret Coders introduces us to Hopper and Eni, two kids determined to uncover the secrets of their strange school. This graphic novel by the renowned Gene Luen Yang packs an irreverent tween punch, all while exploring binary numbers and computer coding as keys to the adventure. I’m hoping the next installments continue to build on the momentum set up in this book.

JCLBeckyC Aug 20, 2016

My fifth-grade gamer girl gives this book 3 1/2 stars. She likes Yang's book, Level Up, a bit better.

Jan 06, 2016

Summary in 10 words or less:
"Hour of code" meets graphic novel!
This graphic novel puts an interesting spin on introducing computers and binary computations to young readers. I enjoyed the binary computation explanation - wish they taught it this way when I was in school! I look forward to the rest of the series!
The author, Gene Luen Yang has been appointed to a 2-year term as the "Ambassador for Young People's Literature" by the Library of Congress.

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Feb 22, 2017

Omarhasni thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

Feb 16, 2017

oliviawang13 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 11


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Jun 30, 2016

A really fun book for late elementary/middle school readers that's a nice, high level introduction to coding. Yang teaches kids about the basics of binary and functions, but weaves them into a story with plenty of intrigue and interesting relatable characters.


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