Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Paths and Portals (Secret Coders #2) by Gene Yang and Mike Holmes -OPTIONAL

Yang, Gene and Holmes, Mike Paths and Portals (Secret Coders #2) 92 pgs. First Second, 2016. $18.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
This second book of the series is the continuing adventures of Hopper and Eni. They have found out some things about their mysterious school and now must solve a coding challenge if they want to unlock a door and learn more from the school Janitor. They learn some amazing things and start to be taught even more. In the meantime the school bully is after them for something they have and they must be creative if they are to stop him. Features basic black and white and bright green simple graphic novel style illustrations.
I didn’t like this book as much as the first book. It was less mysterious (to the point where I was disappointed) and the coding was more complicated (and at this point a bit awkward in written form since it was so challenging). I sort of wish this book was an iPad interactive app book. Elementary readers at my school are excited for this second book, but I am not sure if they will be able to follow the code in it. Better for Middle school.  

EL – OPTIONAL MS- ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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