Secret Coders

Secret Coders

2, Paths & Portals

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Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and is a MacArthur Fellow, a recipient of what's popularly known as the MacArthur "Genius" Grant.

There's something lurking beneath the surface of Stately Academy--literally. In a secret underground classroom Hopper, Eni, and Josh discover that the campus was once home to the Bee School, an institute where teachers, students, and robots worked together to unravel the mysteries of coding. Hopper and her friends are eager to follow in this tradition and become top-rate coders. But why are Principal Dean and the rugby team suddenly so interested in their extracurricular activities?

From graphic novel superstar (and high school computer programming teacher) Gene Luen Yang comes the second volume of Secret Coders, Paths & Portals , a wildly entertaining new series that combines logic puzzles and basic programming instruction with a page-turning mystery plot!

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Publisher: New York : First Second Books, 2016.
ISBN: 9781626720763
9781626723405
Branch Call Number: J Yang
Characteristics: 94 pages : colour illustrations ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Holmes, Mike - Artist
Alternative Title: Paths and portals

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samcmar Sep 08, 2016

I read the first installment of Secret Coders back in January and thought it was pretty cute. I'm not a fan of math, and I find programming to be both fascinating and terrifying at the same time. The first volume ends on quite the cliffhanger, but I'd argue the cliffhanger in Paths & Portals is much difficult to endure -- I need to know what happens!

One aspect I loved about this second installment is how much more character development we get for Hopper, Eni, and Josh. They unfortunately get bullied by the school principal and rugby team due to their love of coding, programming and math. There's a lot of mayhem and shenanigans in this second volume, and my goodness are they funny to boot. I also love the illustrations in Secret Coders, and I love the simplified approach to try and make coding and math a much more accessible and interesting subject matter. Still, while these comics are very fun and cute, it still feels a little heavy handed and dense at times, which I think could be a turn off for some readers.

Still, I'm eager to read the next installment of Secret Coders because I have to know what happens next. There's definitely a ton of fun to be had here, even if you may not be a fan of math.

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amistein
Sep 01, 2016

Book 2; read after secret coders book 1 for boys

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