August 28, 2017 • Cee • Reviews

The Friendship Code (Girls Who Code #1) by Stacia Deutsch • August 22, 2017 • Penguin Workshop
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Loops, variables, input/output – Lucy can’t wait to get started with the new coding club at school. Finally, an after school activity that she’s really interested in. But Lucy’s excitement turns to disappointment when she’s put into a work group with girls she barely knows. All she wanted to do was make an app that she believes will help someone very special to her. 

Suddenly, Lucy begins to get cryptic coding messages and needs some help translating them. She soon discovers that coding – and friendship – takes time, dedication, and some laughs!


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First sentence: “Lucy…Lucy…Lucy…”

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These girls in The Friendship Code are excited to learn about coding, and you should too! All Lucy wants to do is learn how to code. The coding club she just joined isn’t fast enough for her liking. How’s a girl supposed to create an app to help her ill uncle if the club takes ages for the coding part to begin? How is making a sandwich supposed to help with coding?

Lucy is sent coding puzzles from an unknown person, and she must decipher them if she wants to learn about coding. What’s a girl to do when coding puzzles present itself to her? Well, you grab friends to help you, and that’s exactly what Lucy does. She gets help from her former friend, Sophia, the popular “fashionista” Maya, and the new girl Erin.

Lucy and her friends, as well as readers, learn about coding. They learn how to make a PB&J sandwich—a thorough set of instructions must be followed to achieve what you want it to do. They learn about conditionals and loops and how to write and speak in coding.

I loved how the coding was presented in The Friendship Code. You get to see these girls excited about coding, and it makes me excited to learn!

There’s a whole lot to love about The Friendship Code: coding presented as accessible and fun!, the diversity (all the girls are of different races—Black, Asian, Latina, White), the friendships, and so much more!

Should you read The Friendship Code (Girls Who Code #1)? Yes. Coding is awesome, and seeing girls excited about it is so beautiful.

Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World by Reshma Saujani • August 22, 2017 • Viking Books for Young Readers (Penguin)
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Since 2012, the organization Girls Who Code has taught computing skills to and inspired over 40,000 girls across America. Now its founder, Reshma Saujani, wants to inspire you to be a girl who codes! Bursting with dynamic artwork, down-to-earth explanations of coding principles, and real-life stories of girls and women working at places like Pixar and NASA, this graphically animated book shows what a huge role computer science plays in our lives and how much fun it can be. No matter your interest–sports, the arts, baking, student government, social justice–coding can help you do what you love and make your dreams come true. Whether you’re a girl who’s never coded before, a girl who codes, or a parent raising one, this entertaining book, printed in bold two-color and featuring art on every page, will have you itching to create your own apps, games, and robots to make the world a better place.


I received this book for free from Penguin for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: “Welcome!”

Girls Who Code is a perfect companion piece of The Friendship Code.

Everything you ever want to know about coding is in here: the basics of coding, step-by-step instructions of how to code, explanations of coding terms (like input, output, variables, loops, booleans), the history of coding (how it came to be, the different people who took part in it), tips from female pros (game developers, computer engineers), cartoons full of diverse people that help you understand what they’re talking about, encouragement for girls to start coding, and many more goodness! This is a great resource to give to young people—especially young girls—who are interested in coding.

Should you read Girls Who Code? Yes. Very resourceful book about coding. It’ll get you excited about coding!


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