Secret Coders

Secret Coders

Book - 2015
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The mind-bending new series from Gene Luen Yang! Welcome to Stately Academy. Hopper hates her new school. The kids are mean, the principal is scary, and there's something creepy about the building itself. For instance: why are the walls of Stately Academy covered in the number 9? Hopper and her friend Eni are determined to get to the bottom of it. But the mystery of Stately Academy has been programmed into its very stones, and it'll take two persistent programmers to figure it out! Hopper and Eni are about to become secret coders. - Back cover.
Using their wits and their growing prowess with computer coding, Hopper and her friend Eni try to solve the mysteries at Stately Academy by following the many clues the founder of the school left to challenge his enterprising students.
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781626720756
Branch Call Number: jgn YANG 2015
Characteristics: 88 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Okay, a fiction book sneaked in. But while reading about the weird stuff happening at this school, discover how coding works and see if you can solve clues before Hopper and her friends.

"Welcome to Stately Academy, a school which is just crawling with mysteries to be solved! The founder of the school left many clues and puzzles to challenge his enterprising students. Using their wits and their growing prowess with coding, Hopper and her friend Eni are going to solve the mys... Read More »

A haunted house, crows whose eyes flash in binary, and some nerdy kids who want to solve a mystery all come together to make coding fun and suspenseful. Oh, and did I mention this is in comic format?

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Mar 07, 2017

I'm all in favor of a book that teaches the rudiments of coding, even base 4 number systems, but let's tally all the bad behaviour that's depicted in this book for kids.

-spitting on another student
-breaking and entering
-lying (to parents)
-calling other kids 'stupid'
-threatening violence
-mocking another student for asking questions

I get that Gracie is working through her parent's divorce, but she's still a jerk. The puzzle and the code are something straight out of Hour of Code. I like Hour of Code. This book, not as much.

VaughanPLUrszula Jan 13, 2017

The first in a series, Secret Coders introduces us to Hopper and Eni, two kids determined to uncover the secrets of their strange school. This graphic novel by the renowned Gene Luen Yang packs an irreverent tween punch, all while exploring binary numbers and computer coding as keys to the adventure. I’m hoping the next installments continue to build on the momentum set up in this book.

Sep 01, 2016

Boys: Book 1, then read secret coders Path and Portals book 2

JCLBeckyC Aug 20, 2016

My fifth-grade gamer girl gives this book 3 1/2 stars. She likes Yang's book, Level Up, a bit better.

sbkaur Jan 06, 2016

Summary in 10 words or less:
"Hour of code" meets graphic novel!
This graphic novel puts an interesting spin on introducing computers and binary computations to young readers. I enjoyed the binary computation explanation - wish they taught it this way when I was in school! I look forward to the rest of the series!
The author, Gene Luen Yang has been appointed to a 2-year term as the "Ambassador for Young People's Literature" by the Library of Congress.


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Feb 22, 2017

Omarhasni thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

Feb 16, 2017

white_penguin_196 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 11


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Jun 30, 2016

A really fun book for late elementary/middle school readers that's a nice, high level introduction to coding. Yang teaches kids about the basics of binary and functions, but weaves them into a story with plenty of intrigue and interesting relatable characters.


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