Reading Without Walls Blog Tour

Posted September 2, 2016 by Samantha in Blog Tours / 1 Comment

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Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop on the Reading Without Walls Blog Tour!

Secret Coders (#1) and Secret Coders: Paths & Portals (#2)

Secret Coders

Coding is so new to me, but I love the idea of it. The Secret Coders series is a perfect introduction to coding and to a fun story. The graphic novel approach is excellent because it combines visual learning with storytelling, and I think young readers will find that combination very appealing.

What I love most about these books is that the main character, Hopper, is a young girl. Unfortunately, women still face obstacles in any sort of STEM or computer-related field, and young girls interested in either or both of those will love the focus on Hopper and her learning. It’s very encouraging, and her adventures in learning coding don’t feel forced. The author does a fantastic job of still giving Hopper a story beyond her education. She loves basketball, she argues with her mother, and she’s nervous making new friends at her new school.

The graphic novels have a self-learning component to them as well, allowing the reader to figure out a code before the answer is revealed. I tried a few of them myself, and it was really fun.

Primates review

Primates

In addition to the Secret Coders books, I was also challenged to pick an additional novel outside my usual comfort reading zone. Since I know next to nothing about animal science, I decided on Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas. I’ve heard mostly about Jane Goodall prior to this, so I loved learning about the other two women in addition to her. This graphic novel shows how each other their stories intertwine, some of their major discoveries, and more.

My favorite part is that it gives a focused look at each of their personalities and their personal lives during and around their discoveries, things you might not get out of a general textbook. However, some people also might find it a little jarring because there isn’t a set plot arc or consistent pacing since it’s about real life. There are sudden stops and real life twists in places you wouldn’t expect.

Overall, I think this project was a great way to expand my reading, and I definitely encourage others to do so. It’s easy to get lost in piles of fantasy stories or contemporary fiction if they’re your favorite, but it’s also nice to try something new in between them.

Here is the schedule for the tour!

READING WITHOUT WALLS BLOG TOUR 

August 31: Colby at Sharp Read
September 1: Jess at Reading Nook Reviews
September 2: Samantha at Forest of Words and Pages
September 5: Jennifer at YA Book Nerd
September 6: Maria at Maria’s Mélange
September 7: Gigi at Late Bloomer’s Book Blog
September 8: Jen at Starry Eyed Revue
September 9: Cheyenne at The Hollow Cupboards
September 12: Anya at On Starships and Dragonwings
September 13: April at Good Books and Good Wine
September 14: Cindy at Charting by the Stars
September 15: Erica at The Book Cellar
September 16: Sandie at Teen Lit Rocks
September 19: Asheley at Into the Hall of Books
September 20: Daphne at Gone Pecan
September 21: Mary Ann at Great Kids Books
September 22: Kathy at The Brain Lair
September 23: Michelle & Leslie at Undeniably (Book) Nerdy
September 26: Laurie at Reader Girls
September 27: Margie at Librarian’s Quest
September 28: Victoria at Art, Books, & Coffee
September 29: Cee at The Novel Hermit
September 30: Amanda at Forever Young Adult

Samantha

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