on September 29th 2015
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!
Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.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!
Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani, Maris Wicks
Published by First Second on June 11th 2013
Jim Ottaviani returns with an action-packed account of the three greatest primatologists of the last century: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas. These three ground-breaking researchers were all students of the great Louis Leakey, and each made profound contributions to primatology—and to our own understanding of ourselves.Tackling Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas in turn, and covering the highlights of their respective careers, Primates is an accessible, entertaining, and informative look at the field of primatology and at the lives of three of the most remarkable women scientists of the twentieth century. Thanks to the charming and inviting illustrations by Maris Wicks, this is a nonfiction graphic novel with broad appeal.
Welcome to our stop on the Reading Without Walls Blog Tour! I’ve been excited about Gene Luen Yang’s wonderful Reading Without Walls challenge since I heard about it during his featured talk at BEA earlier this year. My 8-year-old son and I were so excited to delve into the two SECRET CODERS books together. We spent a week reading aloud at bedtime, and it was so much fun.
I don’t usually gravitate toward STEM books, but my son does. He had never read a book about coding, though, so we spent a lot of time figuring out the binary codes and answering all of the questions that the book asks us to ponder. We also loved that the characters are diverse and that there’s a strong boy-girl friendship in the story. We talked a lot about the importance of coding and the way that it’s a language you can learn, master, and interpret. I can say without reservation that we’re hooked on the series!
As for PRIMATES, it skews a little bit older, so I read it with my 11-year-old daughter. She is a big fan of Jane Goodall and ME, JANE is one of our all-time favorite picture books. The graphic novel follows the story of three legendary primatologists (and Louis Leakey proteges) Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birutė Galdikas, who studied chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans, respectively. Pioneers in their field, the women are each very different. My daughter didn’t think Fossey seemed very likable, but in some ways, that’s a good thing. I didn’t go into some of the controversies I know about Fossey, figuring she has time to read about that later in life.
I’m so grateful for Yang’s Reading Without Walls challenge, and I’m committed to continuing with it on a regular basis. I encourage you to do the same in your own reading!