Book review: Secret Coders, Book One, by Gene Luen Yang, illustrated by Mike Holmes

Yang, Gene Luen. Secret Coders, Book One. Illus. Mike Holmes. First Second, 2015. $9.99. 96p. 9781626720756. Ages 9-12. P8Q8

Yang Secret CodersAward-winner Yang knows how to appeal to his audience, in this case, featuring a girl who hates her new school, alienates her teachers, and makes no friends. That is until she spots a third eyeball on a bird and connects with classmate Eni who tells her that the birds are robots that respond to binary numbers. Together the two mismatched youth solve the mystery of the grumpy janitor and find a hidden passage at the school. Black, white, and green black cartoons explain basic programming cues in such a way that readers new to programming can understand. The ending promises sequels.

April 2016 review by Nel Ward.


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