Secret Coders

Secret Coders

2, Paths & Portals

Book - 2016
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There's something lurking beneath the surface of Stately Academy-- literally. In a secret underground classroom Hopper, Eni, and Josh discover that the campus was once home to the Bee School, an institute where teachers, students, and robots worked together to unravel the mysteries of coding. Hopper and her friends are eager to follow in this tradition and become top-rate coders. But why are Principal Dean and the rugby team suddenly so interested in their extracurricular activities?
Publisher: New York, New York : First Second, ©2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781626720763
Characteristics: 94 pages :,illustrations (chiefly color) ;,22 cm
Alternative Title: Paths & portals
Paths and portals


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Aug 07, 2018

Thanks, JCLBeckyC! I just put Level up on hold!

Mar 07, 2017

I'm all in favor of a book that teaches the rudiments of coding, even base 4 number systems, but let's tally all the bad behaviour that's depicted in this book for kids.

-spitting on another student
-breaking and entering
-lying (to parents)
-calling other kids 'stupid'
-threatening violence
-mocking another student for asking questions

I get that Gracie is working through her parent's divorce, but she's still a jerk. The puzzle and the code are something straight out of Hour of Code. I like Hour of Code. This book, not as much.

VaughanPLUrszula Jan 13, 2017

The first in a series, Secret Coders introduces us to Hopper and Eni, two kids determined to uncover the secrets of their strange school. This graphic novel by the renowned Gene Luen Yang packs an irreverent tween punch, all while exploring binary numbers and computer coding as keys to the adventure. I’m hoping the next installments continue to build on the momentum set up in this book.

samcmar Sep 08, 2016

I read the first installment of Secret Coders back in January and thought it was pretty cute. I'm not a fan of math, and I find programming to be both fascinating and terrifying at the same time. The first volume ends on quite the cliffhanger, but I'd argue the cliffhanger in Paths & Portals is much difficult to endure -- I need to know what happens!

One aspect I loved about this second installment is how much more character development we get for Hopper, Eni, and Josh. They unfortunately get bullied by the school principal and rugby team due to their love of coding, programming and math. There's a lot of mayhem and shenanigans in this second volume, and my goodness are they funny to boot. I also love the illustrations in Secret Coders, and I love the simplified approach to try and make coding and math a much more accessible and interesting subject matter. Still, while these comics are very fun and cute, it still feels a little heavy handed and dense at times, which I think could be a turn off for some readers.

Still, I'm eager to read the next installment of Secret Coders because I have to know what happens next. There's definitely a ton of fun to be had here, even if you may not be a fan of math.

Sep 01, 2016

Book 2; read after secret coders book 1 for boys

Sep 01, 2016

Boys: Book 1, then read secret coders Path and Portals book 2

JCLBeckyC Aug 20, 2016

My fifth-grade gamer girl gives this book 3 1/2 stars. She likes Yang's book, Level Up, a bit better.

sbkaur Jan 06, 2016

Summary in 10 words or less:
"Hour of code" meets graphic novel!
This graphic novel puts an interesting spin on introducing computers and binary computations to young readers. I enjoyed the binary computation explanation - wish they taught it this way when I was in school! I look forward to the rest of the series!
The author, Gene Luen Yang has been appointed to a 2-year term as the "Ambassador for Young People's Literature" by the Library of Congress.

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Feb 22, 2017

Omarhasni thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

Feb 16, 2017

white_penguin_196 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 11


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Jun 30, 2016

A really fun book for late elementary/middle school readers that's a nice, high level introduction to coding. Yang teaches kids about the basics of binary and functions, but weaves them into a story with plenty of intrigue and interesting relatable characters.


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