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Welcome to Stately Academy, a school which is just crawling with mysteries to be solved! The founder of the school left many clues and puzzles to challenge his enterprising students. Using their wits and their growing prowess with coding, Hopper and her friend Eni are going to solve the mystery of Stately Academy no matter what it takes!

From graphic novel superstar (and high school computer programming teacher) Gene Luen Yang comes a wildly entertaining new series that combines logic puzzles and basic programming instruction with a page-turning mystery plot!


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?

From graphic novel superstar (and high school computer programming teacher) Gene Luen Yang comes the second volume of Secret Coders, Paths & Portals, a wildly entertaining new series that combines logic puzzles and basic programming instruction with a page-turning mystery plot!

Hi! Today is a blog stop for the Reading Without Walls tour that helps to get kids interested in STEM books. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math. I honestly did not even realize there could be books marketed to this, but I’m so glad there are! My 9 year old son is not a big reader, but he does very well academically in Math & Science, so I handed him these books with the hope that they would be able to get him to read more. And boy, did my gamble pay off! He loved them and read both of them several times. Not only did he like them, but he also loaned them out to his a friend of his who also really liked them. Bonus points!
Basically, Secret Coders is about a girl, Hopper, who is new at Stately Academy and stumbles upon some interesting things happening at her school and gets her new friend, Eni, involved as they try to figure out what is going on. To solve the mysteries, Eni teaches Hopper some basic programming. Their snooping gets them into a little bit of trouble, which then leads them to get caught sneaking into secret rooms and learning about the history of Stately Academy.
My son really took to the programming aspect of Secret Coders and told me he wrote some of his own programs and tried to use them in Minecraft. Don’t ask me, I know nothing about Minecraft, so please take this with a grain of salt. I am not a natural at Math and the programming was actually a little confusing to me, but the way it’s explained made even this word nerd understand. I liked that the book made you actually think of ways to make new commands, which was very helpful to understand how to write new programs. What I really loved about the book is the female protagonist who fits right in with her new male friends and is never for a second treated to sexism and made to think that she cannot do something because she’s a girl. I would have been totally fine with me if it were a boy protagonist, but I personally loved that it was a girl, and I loved that my son was reading about a girl protagonist who was smart and could figure out programming, though I made sure not to point it out explicitly.
Project Mc2: Smart is the New Cool


McKeyla McAlister: brilliant leader and savvy special agent for NOV8
Adrienne Attoms: culinary chemist and sweet scientist
Bryden Bandweth: technology guru and social media maven
Camryn Coyle: construction queen and engineer extraordinaire

ADORABLE PRINCE XANDER is coming to town for his launch into outer space—and the students of Maywood Glen Academy can’t stop talking about it. No one even notices the mysterious new girl, McKeyla McAlister, who enrolls just before the big event.

The smartest girls at school—Adri, Bry, and Cam—think McKeyla is definitely I.A.W.A.T.S.T.—Interesting And Weird At The Same Time. They discover she is an agent for NOV8 (that’s Innovate), a top secret organization of super smart women, and her assignment is to keep the prince safe!

With the help of high tech gadgets, cool culinary chemistry, and some awesome teamwork, these girls may just save the world.

This book I did not try to get my son to read, though there is a Netflix series that the book is based on and he would probably love it since he is kind of obsessed with KC Undercover on Disney. It’s really a great book for MG and young teen girls. It shows girls being smart and showing that they’re smart, and having opinions and not being afraid to get dirty and do what needs to be done. I loved it and it is absolutely something I would have devoured as a preteen. The drama, the friendship, the adventure, and throw in a mystery and a cute prince, this gets a big thumbs up from me and is highly recommended.

I really enjoyed these STEM books and I will be on the lookout for more of the same, especially since my son enjoyed them so much. Thanks for letting me be a part of the tour!

September 1Jess at Reading Nook Reviews
September 2: Samantha at Forest of Words and Pages
September 5: Jennifer at YA Book Nerd
September 6: Maria at Maria’s Mélange
September 7: Gigi at Late Bloomer’s Book Blog
September 8: Jen at Starry Eyed Revue
September 9: Cheyenne at The Hollow Cupboards
September 12: Anya at On Starships and Dragonwings
September 13: April at Good Books and Good Wine
September 14: Cindy at Charting by the Stars
September 15: Erica at The Book Cellar
September 16: Sandie at Teen Lit Rocks
September 19: Asheley at Into the Hall of Books
September 20: Daphne at Gone Pecan
September 21: Mary Ann at Great Kids Books
September 22: Kathy at The Brain Lair
September 23: Michelle & Leslie at Undeniably (Book) Nerdy
September 26: Laurie at Reader Girls
September 27: Margie at Librarian’s Quest
September 28: Victoria at Art, Books, & Coffee
September 29: Cee at The Novel Hermit
September 30: Amanda at Forever Young Adult

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