Coding is such a cool skill to have. But I’ve never been very mathy and I’m afraid I’m hopeless with this sort of thing. So for those of us who don’t know the first thing about programming, fiction books are the only way to enjoy this super power vicariously. Here’s my list of great children’s and YA novels with girl computer whizes and math geeks.
Coding isn’t an easy topic to write about, especially when the target readers are tweens. Tamara Ireland Stone manages to find the perfect balance in Click’d so that the details about coding are realistic but not overwhelming.
But Click’d isn’t really about coding. It’s about a smart girl, Allie, who’s a computer whiz. Her motivation and dedication were inspiring. My heart broke for her when her app crashed, but she’d proven to be strong throughout the story and even her failure didn’t break her. Instead, it made her question her motives, pick up the pieces and start from scratch, fixing not just the app but also her friendships.
Click’d was a fast-paced, fun, geeky read. Every middle-grader should read it for how empowering the story is.