Reading/Interest Level: Primary, Intermediate
Author: Stacia Deutsch
Publisher: Penguin Random House LLC
Lucy, a middle schooler, is excited for coding club to start. But when coding club isn’t what she expects, Lucy has to find a way to learn how to code on her own. When someone sends her on a secret scavenger hunt of sorts filled with coding clues, she gets excited, but is also confused and suspicious. The girls, with a little help from Lucy’s mostly annoying brother, write code in order to catch the culprit. In the end, it’s their coding club advisor who was the coding clue culprit the whole time! The group of four girls become a permanent coding club group and plan to win the Hack-a-Thon that’s coming up.
Girls Who Code includes diverse girls of different races with different challenges, including divorce in family. This book has a sweet message that girls with different backgrounds and interests can still be great friends. In addition, girls can like a field that males are commonly interested in. Several coding concepts, including input and output, conditionals, variables, and loops are mentioned in the book. Tween girls with some coding experience will especially enjoy this book.