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The Friendship Code (Girls Who Code #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  279 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
A New York Times bestseller! Perfect for fans of The Babysitters Club and anyone interested in computer science, this series is published in partnership with the organization Girls Who Code.

Loops, variables, input/output - Lucy can't wait to get started with the new coding club at school. Finally, an after school activity that she's really interested in. But Lucy's excitem
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published August 22nd 2017 by Penguin Workshop
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Marie the Librarian
YES TO BOOKS LIKE THIS. I LOVE THIS! The empowerment of female friendships that are successful and working together and have eachothers backs! YES YES YES. ALSO CODING YASS.
Kate Olson
Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network for this review copy - all opinions are my own.

Sweet and definitely geared at upper-elementary rather than middle school due to the simplistic text, THE FRIENDSHIP CODE is obviously intended to be more than just a chapter book series. It is a "teaching" book disguised as a middle grade girly series, which is totally fine with me! The friendship angle is typical of this genre and the coding storyline is a great introduction to coding itself. With all that be
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
THE FRIENDSHIP CODE by Stacia Deutsch is the first novel in a new series inspired by Girls Who Code for ages 8-12. Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization aiming to close the gender gap in technology and Computer Science. The founder of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani, wrote a compelling foreword for THE FRIENDSHIP CODE that is bound to inspire young girls. Stacia Deutsch is a New York Times Bestselling Author who has written over 50 books for children. Deutsch has also written books ...more
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quickly read this one to see how the story and coding worked together, and was actually impressed. At least for this first book, the coding was explained well, and didn't seem like it would put anyone off. (I enjoyed Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang, but confess that I let some of the coding how-to go over my head, rather than try to figure it out.) This is a story about beginning coding, new friendship, old friendships, family and a mystery, and it is very well done. Also features a diverse ca ...more
Trisha Perry
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucy has joined the coding club at school so she can learn to build a app for her uncle who has cancer remember when to take his meds and which ones to take at certain times. But the club is moving to slow, she asked, begged, everyone she knows to help her learn faster, but everyone tells her the same thing, this is something you can not rush you need to learning it in steps and be meticulous. But then strange noted start showing up on Lucy's locker and in order to follow the direction she has t ...more
I read this with my little sister (who considers coding her main interest) and we both adored it! I'm so glad that kids like her have books like this to read these days: girls solve a mystery while learning to code and becoming friends.

Representation: Lucy, the protagonist of this one, is Black American. Sophia is Puerto Rican American, Maya is Chinese American and Erin has anxiety (to be revealed in the third one).
Ownvoices/author info: N/A

Trigger warnings: relative with cancer.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(ARC sent to me by the publisher for review)

This book was adorable. The girls in the story had to solve a bit of a mystery, and it reminded me of my Boxcar Children days. Even as an adult, The Friendship Code taught me the basics of computer coding and got me interested to learn more. I would definitely recommend this book to my middle grade students (the characters are in 6th and 7th grade) if they were looking for a happy contemporary story, or to start a new series.
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was very interesting from beginning to end. I found out about this series doing collection development for my library and how coding has been an ongoing trend. This series is fantastic because it combines basic techniques of coding with a jaw dropping story that you can't help but to read on. A perfect JFiction series. Can't wait to read on in the series. 5 Stars!
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book and I'm excited to read more books in the series. I feel like it's a great book to encourage girls that they can code.. I can't wait to share this book with my sister when she is old enough to understand it
Kelly Parisi
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A quick but fun read! Babysitters club meets coding. Takes place in a coding club and the girls solve a great mystery using code. But, don't take my word for it, I interviewed these amazing girls who raved about it!
Sarah Hannah
There are so many elementary school girls I would love to give this book to.
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
The diversity felt more pandery and marketing driven then natural, but all in all its a cute series that really sells coding well.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so glad that this series exists <3
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
2.5 stars

I feel like I start about half my audiobook reviews with “I picked this up on a whim even though it’s not really my thing,” and I guess I’m going to keep doing that, because I picked The Friendship Code up on a whim even thought it’s not really my thing. It’s okay for the intended audience and its intended goal, but it’s less a novel than an educational tool. You know how there are novels that teach SAT words? This is kind of like that, only with coding.

The story’s rather silly, and the
Meaningful Madness
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-readers
Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network for this review copy of Girls Who Code Book #1: The Friendship Code. All opinions are my own.

Lucy is a middle school student who is desperate to learn to code so that she can create an app that will help her sick uncle. She joins the school coding club, but is soon disappointed when after the first meeting members have not even touched a computer. Dissatisfied, Lucy complains to her parents and old brother, Alex, who advise patience. Dissatisfied once again
Laura Gardner
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, juv, mystery
This is a sweet, cute little mystery, but definitely on the slim side. None of the characters are all that developed and the one conflict --Lucy's ex-best friend Sophie is in the club--is resolved pretty quickly. That said, I think this is perfect for upper elementary (grades 3-5 would be my target) and it would serve perfectly as a class read aloud as they explore coding concepts. I won't buy this for my middle school library, but I will definitely keep it in mind for my own kids as they get ol ...more
Flood the market with awesome and simple (but complicated) stories around coding like Gene Luen Yang and the group writing this series and I'm in.

I like that it includes friendships, girls, and family with an easy to follow plot (that could have actually been fleshed out a tad more to feel complete) and getting in to coding by learning just a few things that make readers empowered but not overwhelmed.

Who wouldn't want to create an app to help their uncle undergoing cancer treatment keep track
Ms. Yingling
E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline

Lucy is excited to join the coding club in 6th grade because her uncle has cancer, and she wants to make an app that will help him remember his medicine. She's not happy with the slow start the club has-- Mrs. Clark has them writing directions for how to make a peanut butter sandwich and doesn't even let them near the computer! When she gets a coded note late on, she strongly suspects her brother Alex is behind it, but follows the directions. She meets up w
Ms. Rose
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the #kidlitexchange network for the review copy - all opinions are my own.

I. Love. This. Book. As Reshma Saujani, founder of the organization Girls Who Code, poignantly explains in the book's preface - there exists a need for stories such as this because "You can't be what you can't see." If children don't have access to stories of people who look like them doing things like joining a coding club or designing a computer game for our classmates to play, then we don't know that oppor
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you @kidlitexchange for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.

This was an incredibly cute start to a new series. It's a story about a group of girls who join coding club. Their first meeting isn't quite what they were expecting and seems to be off to a slow start. However, all of that changes when cryptic messages start appearing taped to one of the girl's lockers. Who is leaving them and why is someone trying to help them learn all about coding
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-kid-lit
The first in the Girls Who Code chapter book series, The Friendship Code introduces readers to the basics of coding while also showing how friendships can grow between people with similar interests. The four girls featured on the cover of the book are very different. They are from various ethnic backgrounds, two different grade levels, and all have different strengths. Sophia is great at sports, Maya writes a fashion advice column, while Erin is great at acting/singing/dancing. Lucy is the prota ...more
Gailanne Smith
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as an ARC at the Texas Library Association conference, along with an ARC for a companion book to be used in teaching girls to code. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this book. I was worried it would be a very stereotypical "girl power" book that was trite and not too well-written. I assumed it would just be trying to fill a niche. It does fill a niche, and it does it well! Without being preachy, it has a man character that is confident that she wants to learn to ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Duetsch, Stacia Girls Who Code: the Friendship Code (Book #1), 137 pgs. Penguin (Penguin Random House), 2017. $13. Language: G (1swear G word); Mature Content: G; Violence: G

Lucy is thrilled about the new after school coding club. But its moving too slow for her, after all the app she wants to create is sort of urgent, to help her uncle who has cancer. But when she starts getting anonymous notes in computer code, it leads her to new friends, and a fun journey to solve the puzzles.

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Arielle Goldstein
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to the #kidLitExchange network for this review copy of Girls Who Code Book #1: The Friendship Code. All opinions are my own.

Great for upper elementary students, this book is about a girl named Lucy who wants to learn to code an app her help her uncle with cancer remember to take his medications. She joins the coding club but is quickly disappointed but how long it will take her to learn to code. After complaining to family friends, Lucy finds a coded note on her locker that leads her and
Miss Amanda
gr 3-6 137pgs

Realistic fiction. 6th grader Lucy can't wait to start coding now that she's in coding club. But at the first meeting nothing seems to go right, she's not happy with the group she's put in and they do an off-screen activity instead of using the computers! When mysterious notes, that look like code, appear at her locker, Lucy and her group work together to solve the mystery.

Great story plus a nice introduction to some coding concepts. Includes a diverse cast of characters. I would re
Jessica Schnebelt
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.

The Friendship Code is the first in the Girls Who Code middle grade series. Lucy is beyond excited because, now that she is in 6th grade, she can finally join the after-school coding club. Lucy is eager to design her very own app and is thoroughly disappointed when the class is moving too slow for her ambition. When she starts receiving letters from a mystery sender, she’s sure someone is helping speed up th
Meghan Overbury
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
If this book inspires even one girl to start coding, then it's done its job. This is the kind of book that I wish had existed when I was in elementary school - it's fun, fast, and though the story itself might come across as your typical middle grade book, it's got a bit more substance than most books aimed at kids this age. I hope that this series continues, and that it reaches the right kind of girls. We need more books like this that encourage girls to do things in a field that is typically m ...more
Emily Carlyn
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read! It was short and sweet. Lucy wants to learn coding and she joins the coding club at school, only to be disappointed when she’s placed in a group with girls she doesn’t know. Plus, the teacher says they have a lot to learn before they actually begin coding! Lucy starts receiving coded messages on her locker, and finds help from the girls in her coding club group. Through a series of ups and downs, the girls learn more about coding, and more about the mysterious note leaver!
Mary Librarian
This new series is the Babysitter's Club for the coding generation. Short, fun, and educational. I think middle grade readers will enjoy meeting the characters, solving the mystery, learning about coding, and will be itching to read book 2.

I like that it started with coding basics. The dynamics between the siblings and the new friends was fun. I guessed kind of early who was sending the coding mystery notes but don't think kids will (and it was still fun). Nice to see a diverse group of girls sh
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the concept, as I am all for having girls code and be awesome competitors for boys in ALL kinds of fields, but this book fell a little flat. There were a lot of exclamation points! Where the girls would discover something! Like that they were friends all along! I think it also may be in part because I'm not the biggest fan of middle grade/elementary titles for my personal choices, or that this was co-written to help the endeavor, "Girls Who Code" clubs, but the writing just wasn't the ult ...more
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#1 New York Times Best Selling Author, Stacia Deutsch has written more than 200 books. In addition to her award winning creative chapter book series entitled BLAST TO THE PAST, Stacia has also ghost written for a popular girl's mystery series, published non-fiction texts, and penned a young adult romantic comedy called IN THE STARS. She has also written junior movie tie in novels for summer blockb ...more
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