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Lucy Lopez, Coding Star: Afterschool Superstars

By: Claudia Mills

Illustrator: Grace Zong

Third-grader Lucy Lopez and her older sister Elena created the Let’s Have Fun Club, where they designed their own badges to put in a handbook and make up lists of things they have to do to earn each one.

But now Elena is spending most of her time coding on the computer and Lucy feels left out. She decides to join the after-school coding camp in the hopes that Elena will want to add it to their Let’s Have Fun Club activities and it can be something they can do together. But when Lucy proves to be a natural, Elena is none too happy—why does Lucy have to do everything she does?

“How to Get Started as a Coder.” Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9780823446285

JLG Release: Mar 2021


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Computer programming , After-school programs , Schools , Sisters , Family life , Friends  

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The latest series entry (starting with Nixie Ness: Cooking Star, rev. 9/19) stars third-grader Lucy, who joins the after-school coding club hoping it will help her reconnect with her older sister, Elena. Lately Elena seems more interested in coding than doing the activities they used to enjoy together, but Elena finds Lucy’s new interest in codin The latest series entry (starting with Nixie Ness: Cooking Star, rev. 9/19) stars third-grader Lucy, who joins the after-school coding club hoping it will help her reconnect with her older sister, Elena. Lately Elena seems more interested in coding than doing the activities they used to enjoy together, but Elena finds Lucy’s new interest in coding a threat to her individuality. “‘I just can’t see computers being your thing,’ Elena said, ‘the way they’re my thing.’” The situation grows more complex when Lucy finds she really enjoys—and excels at—coding and must choose between pursuing this new interest or sacrificing it for her sister. As she interacts with her new club-mates (returning characters from previous books), she gains the courage to embrace what she enjoys, despite the awkwardness with her family. The story taps into the clarity and logic of computer programming as a tool to solve communication problems between humans. This title approaches a common sibling frustration, refreshingly from the less-represented viewpoint of the younger child. Spot art breaks up the text and expands the humor, and back matter provides resources to help those interested in coding find a place to start. JULIE ROACH

Book Details

ISBN

9780823446285

First Release

March 2021

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

7 3/5" x 5"

Page Count

128

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.1; Points: 3;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Margaret Ferguson Books

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Computer programming, After-school programs, Schools, Sisters, Family life, Friends, 

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