Tuesday, April 14, 2020

My Life as a Coder by Janet Tashjian - ADVISABLE

My Life as a Coder by Janet Tashjian, illustrated by Jake Tashjian, 272 pages. Henry Holt (MacMillan), 2020 $14.00 

Language: G (0 swears 0 'f'); Mature Content: G; Violence: G. 



Derek finally got his own laptop! However, it doesn't have any apps, not even Wifi. If he wants to play games on his new computer he will have to learn how to code. Good thing he can enroll in the after school coding elective, taught by one of the lunch ladies (what he really wanted was the comedy elective with Matt, but these are desperate times). When his hopes to team up with Umberto are dashed, Derek has to work with Jade who is an amazing coder, but obviously doesn't like him so he won't be able to just play around in this class! 

I love how Derek's parents know that he won't work hard to learn something unless he is desperate - great idea to give him a word processing only computer. #9 in the My Life series, My Life as a Coder is full of adventure (yes) mystery (of course) and Derek getting himself into crazy predicaments. Definitely not a stand alone, but an essential addition to the rest of the series. 

Lisa Librarian

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