Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop on the Reading Without Walls Blog Tour!
Secret Coders (#1) and Secret Coders: Paths & Portals (#2)
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.
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!