The Cool Code

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Written by Deirdre Langeland, Illustrated by Sarah Mai

Zoey, after years of being homeschooled, has to attend public school for the first time. Determined to fit in with the cool kids, she creates an app to tell her exactly what to do to fit in. Will she learn to make friends at her new school, or will her app bring her trouble?

The Cool Code provides a unique window into the difficulties of finding your place in a new and unfamiliar environment. Almost everyone has felt awkward or out of place at some time or another, and this book captures those feelings well. The book recognizes and celebrates the ways in which people are unique and the joys of being true to yourself. While there are plenty of other books with the same sort of message, the great illustrations and the accessibility of the writing make this a great addition for any elementary library.

Reviewed by James Winder, Librarian, Hillside Elementary
Review shared in November 2022
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 3-6

The Cool Code
Written by Deirdre Langeland, Illustrated by Sarah Mai
Clarion Books
224 pages
Release Date: November 8, 2022
ISBN: 9780358549321 (hardcover) / 9780358549314 (paperback)
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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