Author: Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes
Genre: Graphic Novel, Mystery
Series or Stand Alone: First book in a new series
Content appropriate for: Grades 4-8
Three adjectives that describe this book: disappointing, forced, meh
I don't quite know how to explain my reactions to this graphic novel. It's definitely trying to cash in on the coding craze, and the coding stuff is done pretty well. The story around the coding is kind of meh, though, and the ending is horrifically sudden.
The good: diverse characters, clear coding explanations, humorous
The bad: coding element is a bit forced, negative example of kid/grownup relationships, non-existent ending
Overall: I could see using this as a starting text in a coding course or club. I'm not sure the intended audience would choose it for pleasure reading, though. Sometimes it felt very instructional.