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Secret Coders: 08/02/18

Secret Coders

Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes (illustrator) is the start of a new graphic novel series that introduces readers to programing and problem solving. Hopper is new to Stately Academy now that her mom is working there as a Mandarin teacher. Hopper though would rather play basketball but she seems to have the attention of janitor

Hopper ends up befriending two other kids who have also noticed oddities about the school. There are strange numbers. Weird four eyed birds. Secret codes and robots who are helping the groundskeeper.

As kids read on they will either recognize that the birds eyes are counting in binary and the robots are being run with logo. Or they will learn about binary numbers and logo programming. The book ends with a puzzle to open up a secret room under the school.

The book is fun with just enough plot to keep one reading to the next puzzle. For me it's nostalgic fun to revisit logo, something I haven't used since middle school.

The second book in the series is Paths & Portals (2016).

Four stars

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