Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done

Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser. Harper, $17.99 (272p) ISBN 978-0-06-247250-2
In this impressive debut, Gonzales and Houser enthusiastically and sympathetically recount how they met as high school students and created a stigma-cracking video game during a seven-week Girls Who Code course in 2014. A lighthearted attack on the “menstrual taboo,” their game, Tampon Run, had roots in a quest for social impact; this book, told in alternating voices, extends that by encouraging more girls to learn how to code. Houser originally hoped that coding would enable her to share great ideas without public speaking, while Gonzales wondered if she really wanted to become an engineer, as her Filipino immigrant parents hoped. Successful beyond their wildest imaginings, their game drew Houser and Gonzales further into the tech world, where over the next year, they competed with college students, learned to promote and adapt their product, interned at venture-capital-backed start-ups, and wrestled with their self-images. Their accomplishments (including this narrative, written while they attend college), intelligence, humanity, creativity, seriousness of purpose, and humor will stick with readers, and inspire them. Ages 13–up. Agent: Mackenzie Brady Watson, New Leaf Literary & Media. (Mar.) ■
Reviewed on: 01/23/2017
Release date: 03/01/2017
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 304 pages - 978-0-06-247247-2
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