Book review: Secret Coders: Paths & Portals, by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes

Yang, Gene Luen and Mike Holmes. Secret Coders: Paths & Portals. (Secret Coders series, #2) First Second/Roaring Brook, 2016. $18.99. 94p. ISBN 978-1-62672-340-5. Ages 8-11. P5Q9

yang-paths-and-portalsIn the second book of the series (Secret Coders), the language becomes technical in the secret underworld of Stately Academy, originally the Bee School where teachers, students, and robots tried to solve coding mysteries. Paths & Portals concentrate more on programming with Logo and less on the plot as Mr. Bee trains Hopper, Eni, and Josh in opposition to the rugby team, employed by the evil principal to find a robot turtle. Simple black and white illustrations highlighted by green follow the hexagons. The third book in the series, Secrets and Sequences, is due out in March, 2017.

Verdict: The title is a good addition for young people interested in coding, but more hardcore graphic novel lovers may give it a pass.

January 2017 review by Nel Ward.

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