Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes
Publisher: First Second
Brand new at an old, weird school, Hopper isn’t exactly happy about her mother’s choice to move (and teach) there. Soon, Hopper becomes friends with Eni, a kid who is learning to code. They are determined to find out the secrets of the eerie school and discover a robot turtle, which can be programmed with code. While practicing coding, they find a secret room. They are captured by the creepy custodian and must prove their coding abilities or be expelled.
The first in a series of graphic novels, this book is an excellent introduction to coding with an exciting plotline. With fun characters and an interesting story, it is a great way to get children learning about and practicing coding, while still enjoying the book. The authors include a blank page when the characters get to a big coding problem, allowing readers to attempt writing the code before reading on to check it. Examples and explanations are integrated into the story, providing the reader with everything they need to know to understand how to write the code. Engaging and educational, this is a perfect choice for future programmers!