This detailed description of coding was what I was looking for in When Dimple Met Rishi. Plus, you get a classic middle-grade story of what can go wrong when something secret gets out. Allie Navarro spent her Summer at a computer coding camp for girls. She made good friends and learned a lot more about coding. Enough, in fact, to create an app (Click’d) designed to help kids make friends by finding their common interests and matching them up to each other. At the end of camp, she is invited to participate in a youth coding competition against her sometimes friend/ sometimes rival Nathan at her school. Allie releases the app to her friends at school, and it quickly gets so popular almost her entire school has downloaded it. There is a glitch that tests Allie’s friendships and puts her in the position of making some hard choices. I’m a sucker for stoIries about real kids who make mistakes and learn from them. 

I’ll bet that this will inspire more boys and girls to learn to code and in fact, the book includes a project and link to more information at the end. I’ve already preordered a finished copy for our own library. Thumbs way up.

I read a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone September 5, 2017

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