The SECRET CODERS, a trio of friends diverse in personalities, gender, and ethnicity, are up against Dr. One-Zero once again. This time there is the added drama of finding a clue that may lead to Hopper’s missing dad! This fourth volume of the science-fiction series from Gene Luen Yang and illustrator Mike Holmes, Secret Coders: Robots & Repeats, continues to intertwine typical kid drama with teaching code via easy-to-understand instructions and helpful, fun illustrations. The graphic novel format works really well to demonstrate how to code as well as moving the story along.
This series, published by First Second, is aimed at 8-14 year olds, and is best for kids interested in coding and familiar with the basics. The coding breaks, which are part of the adventures, can feel like they’re interrupting the flow of the story, but they will seem natural for readers who already know some coding language or have a strong motivation to become comfortable with it. However, even children with little or no coding knowledge will be drawn to the relatable storyline, including many parent-teacher-child scenes that most kids will recognize.
While the fourth volume, Robots & Repeats, could be read on its own, younger readers may want to start with the original Secret Coders graphic novel and continue from there. In addition, there is a website with excerpts, videos, and interactive activities. Clearly, Gene Luen Yang wants to recruit a wide variety of coders in the upcoming generation! Visit the Secret Coders website here: SECRET CODERS.