Secret Coders: Secrets and Sequences by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes
Review by Lauren
source: copy from publisher; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: Stately Academy is no ordinary school: it was once home to an elite institute where teachers, students, and robots worked together to unravel the mysteries of coding. Hopper, Eni, and Josh won't rest until they've learned the whole story, but they aren't the only ones interested in the school's past. Principal Dean is hot on their trail, demanding that the coders turn over their most powerful robot. Dean may be a creep, but he's nothing compared to the guy who's really in charge: a green-skinned coding genius named Professor One-Zero.
Review: This is a unique graphic novel series in that it's a full-fledged story, but it's also a mini guide on how to code. I can see middle school readers really enjoying this one and wanting to try the various code challenges. I read the first book when it came out, but I never read the second. Secrets and Sequences is the third in the book, and while missing a chunk of the story, it was still easy to follow along. I do recommend reading all in order if you can though!
The illustrations are done well, and they are all in black, white, and green, which gives it a different look from most graphic novels that are either black/white or full color. I really enjoyed the book and the end, while not a full cliffhanger, does leave you wanting the next book!
Interested in this series? I'll include links to all three books below - I'm an amazon affiliate - I get a small percent of any sale.
Secret Coders - Book 1
Secret Coders - Book 2
Secret Coders - Book 3