Secrets & Sequences
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Series: Secret Coders Vol. 3   

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Annotation: Determined to learn the entire history of once-elite Stately Academy, Hopper, Eni, and Josh are challenged to outmaneuver creepy Principal Dean, who demands that the team turn over their most powerful robot.
Catalog Number: #135656
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Macmillan
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Illustrator: Holmes, Mike,
Pages: 102 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-626-72077-0 Perma-Bound: 0-605-96341-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-626-72077-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-96341-2
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2016938729
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Hopper, Eni, and Josh have used their basic programming skills to open secret passageways and defeat a gang of bullies, but in this third installment in the Secret Coders series, they're up against their toughest foe yet. While revealing some past secrets cluding hints about Hopper's missing dad ofessor Bess tells the trio about one of his former students, a talented but dangerously egomaniacal programmer. Now that former student is back, and the Coders will have to solve his programming puzzles and use their robot turtle helpers to stop him before he wages large-scale destruction. Since the start of the series, Yang and Holmes have offered plenty of programming lessons, and in this installment, the problems Eni, Hopper, and Josh d, in turn, the reader e called on to solve have become more complex, but the explanations and crystal-clear illustrations make them very comprehensible. Fans of the series will be happy to see yet another installment, and they'll be reassured by the ending that there are still more Secret Coders adventures to come.
Horn Book
The graphic novel series continues without preamble. The secret coders must use coding principles to overcome former Bee School student turned misguided do-gooder, Dr. One-Zero. Challenges presented build on skills from earlier episodes; this third book, with its clean comics style, creatively packages programming lessons within a story line that engages returning readers.
Kirkus Reviews
The series' overarching plot ramps up in the third entry of the Secret Coders series.With Professor Bee still stuck at the mercy of the villainous Principal Dean and his rugby goons in the cliffhanger that ended Paths and Portals (2016), friends Hopper (mixed race, Chinese/white), Eni (black), and Josh (light-skinned but racially ambiguous) must first program their way out of danger. After that situation is resolved, Hopper receives a warning that the principal is quite evil and that Hopper's mom might be in danger—but their mother-daughter communication still falters. Bee gives more coding lessons and also teaches the kids about his first students, among whom were Hopper's missing father and Pascal, a brilliant pupil who ended up building an army of robots for world domination. Although Bee, Hopper's father, and their team stopped him, Bee now worries that Pascal is back. Soon enough, Dean has Hopper's mom at gunpoint to force the coders to find a flying turtle that takes them right into the lair of a villain far worse than Dean. The coding principles focused on—parameters and Ifelse (if else) statements—are well-explained and -illustrated, which is necessary for readers to follow along with the characters' actions. The cliffhanger puzzle is an especially snazzy way to end this outing. Nearly every element (especially the bad guys) escalates wildly and successfully in this nifty comp-sci romp. (Graphic science fiction. 8-14)
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Wilson's Children's Catalog
Word Count: 5,842
Reading Level: 3.3
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.3 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 187556 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.5 / points:4.0 / quiz:Q70609
Lexile: 700L

The third book in the Secret Coders series from Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes. 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.

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