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The Friendship Code: Girls Who Code, Book 1

By Rachel Sarah, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Girls learn coding, solve problems in fun, easy mystery.

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age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

My Daughter Loved This Book

My daughter is six and loved this book. She has been reticent to listen to or read chapter books lately, and she had me read this to her twice in one day. I liked there was conflict resolution, positive role models, and it felt grown-up enough to make her feel like she was peering into 6th grade. There were two examples when the character used the word "suck" or "stupid" but otherwise it was pretty tame.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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This is a sweet, diverse mystery about a sixth-grader in her school's new coding club. Although the characters are one-dimensional and simple, the story's themes about navigating friendships and solving problems are positive ones.

As Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani says in the foreword, there's "a need for books that describe what it's like to actually be a girl who codes." And that's exactly what this first story does. It's also refreshing that Lucy's mother is a computer programmer and her father is an artist.

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