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4.0 out of 5 starsA great first step into making coding a normal part of the world for girls
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2017
The motivation behind this book is near and dear to me, so I had high expectations. Generally speaking, they were met. The diverse cast is not forced and the characters feel relatable. The pace of the story was good and the reading level is appropriate. The reason for the 4-stars only is that there are some errors in the book, unfortunately, related to sections dealing with code. Be mindful of these with younger readers so they don't get confused. Attempting to write these a bit spoiler free: error 1) the second section of the hints offered in chapter five and the resolution of that hint in chapter 6 - there's a slight change regarding colour that is actually an error (it should be the same colour in both instances to be 'code correct') and 2) Lucy's final 'code' message to Erin in chapter 11 and Erin's response have another mismatch - the variable names. Watch out for these two errors (almost certainly will be fixed in later prints, I would think) but other than that, this is a great book for any girl (or boy)!
Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2020
This is the 1st of 4 books in the Girls Who Code series. I bought this for my daughter who is attending the "Girls Who Code" coding online club for the first time. It's kind of like a smaller version of "Girl Scouts" but for "Coding" instead of "Scouting." It's online instead of meeting in person because of Covid-19 of course.
The book is 13 chapters and when my daughter, who is 9 years old, got the book at 3pm, had it read by the next morning! She loved it!!!! She even read part of it out loud to us. We had fun as father and daughter trying to figure out who the characters on the cover as depicted by in the book. I got two of them right.
It's an amazing way to show encouragement toward girls growing up in today's society and to cheer them on toward coding careers and tech jobs. The groups that can be lead and formed around this series of books has a sight based out of M.I.T. and if that isn't the best endorsement for a book series and group organization than I don't know what is!
I am so glad my daughter found this group! She has a bright future ahead of her!
5.0 out of 5 starsStrong, Determined, Supportive, Aspiring Coders!
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2017
I. Love. This. Book. As Reshma Saujani, founder of the organization Girls Who Code, poignantly explains in the book's preface - there exists a need for stories such as this because "You can't be what you can't see." If children don't have access to stories of people who look like them doing things like joining a coding club or designing a computer game for our classmates to play, then we don't know that opportunities like this are available to us or to even seek these opportunities in the first place. I joked to a friend that I wish this series had been available twenty years ago for me because perhaps then I would have aspired to something more than becoming the head honcho of a babysitting empire. Or at least I would have created a babysitting app in my quest for child-watching domination. (No disrespect, Ann M. Martin!)
But in all seriousness, go buy this series NOW for the young children in your life (note: I did not just say "girls"). Not only do you learn about some of the basic principles of coding: input/output, loops, variables, but you get to learn it in an exciting, mystery-based format! You learn that coding can be for everyone and opportunities are endless; it can be for the fashionista, the sports fan, the girl hoping to help a family member, the shy girl at a new school; it can be used for something as fun as to prank a sibling or as serious as reminding a loved one dealing with illness to take their many medications.
The other major reason I fell for this book is the personalities of and relationships between girls contained within its pages. The girls are, in a large part, sure of themselves and determined to get what they want. When they are uncertain about something, rather than sulk in indecision, they *GASP* say what they are thinking out loud and solve the problem with conversation, owning up, and collaborating. There is no silly drama or obsessing over crushes. It is a tale of some killer young ladies communicating, having each others backs, making things happen, and forging strong bonds along the way.
YES TO EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK! I have already purchased the remainder of the series for my 6th grade classroom library and can't wait to speed through them before I infiltrate my student's lives with them!
4.0 out of 5 starsGreat intro to coding with a fun story
Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2017
This was a very fun book that introduces young minds to basic coding concepts.
Young Lucy is super excited to finally be able to join the coding club at school but gets frustrated when they aren't immediately on computers making the next great app. A mysterious note leads her on an adventure of friendship and coding concepts. This fun story is a great way to introduce these topics with examples that help them stick.
5.0 out of 5 starsI first heard about this group and author during a ...
Reviewed in Canada on April 24, 2018
I first heard about this group and author during a CBC radio show. I got this book for my daughter (just turned 11) , and I think I've created (or at least fed) a monster.. now she is coding Arduino robots and LOOOOOVES coding. She already loves reading, and the story is what drew her in.