As a STEM family, Hubby and I do our best to explore resources that reinforce STEM education for our girls. When we received the book Click’d from Disney-Hyperion, recommended for ages 9+, my oldest couldn’t wait to start reading it so I did my best to get a head start.
New York Times best-selling author Tamara Ireland Stone combines friendship, coding, and lots of popcorn in her fun and empowering middle-grade debut of the book Click’d. Allie Navarro can’t wait to show her best friends the app she built at CodeGirls summer camp. Click’d pairs users based on common interests and sends them on a fun (and occasionally rule-breaking) scavenger hunt to find each other. And it’s a hit. By the second day of school, everyone is talking about Click’d.
Watching her app go viral is amazing. Leaderboards are filling up! Everyone’s making new friends. And with all the data Allie is collecting, she has an even better shot at beating her archenemy, Nathan, at the upcoming Games for Good coding contest. But when Allie discovers a glitch that threatens to expose everyone’s secrets, she has to figure out how to make things right, even if that means sharing the computer lab with Nathan. Can Allie fix her app, stop it from doing any more damage, and win back the friends it hurt—all before she steps on stage to present Click’d to the judges?
Tamara Ireland Stone is the author of Time and Time Again, a collection of her two novels Time Between Us and Time After Time, and the New York Times best seller Every Last Word. A Silicon Valley-native, she has worked in the technology industry all her life, first testing Atari game boards in her parents’ garage, and later, co-founding a woman-owned marketing strategy firm where she worked with some of the world’s largest software companies. She enjoys skiing, hiking,and spending time with her husband and two children. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Once my oldest picked up the book Click’d, she couldn’t put it down. She told me that the book Click’d addresses real middle-school issues about friendships, trust, and how each choice that Allie made reflects the struggle of being popular or doing the right thing. Allie is an inspiration because my oldest herself enjoys coding and wants to be a software engineer. It was wonderful for her to read in the book Click’d about a girl her age who is not only smart but also has a great family that supports her along with friends who navigated all the complexities that make being a friend. She really liked the fact that Allie found the courage to work together with her arch nemesis, Nathan, to find a solution for the good of all.
I was pleasantly surprised when my middle one showed interest in the book Click’d. Being in 2nd grade, we had to make sure to cover with her the intricate real life issues faced by Allie. Her favorite part was that Allie is a female character who at such a young age not only enjoys STEM like her, but also built an app that brought her whole school together.
As a mom passionate about STEM education and a former coder girl myself, it was wonderful to read the book Click’d about a 12-year old coder girl who designs a cool new app that’s a hit. As Allie is faced with a glitch in her app, she has to rely on others to help, even her archenemy Nathan. She makes tough choices along the way to fix a glitch and learns that community over competition is the best way to bring her friends together.
Hubby didn’t want to be left out so he also started reading the book Click’d. He was pleasantly surprised about the fact that the book is current and relatable for its audience. The book covers current issues faced by middle-school with the story written in such a way that it grabs the attention of the reader from the first page.
As a software engineer himself, he enjoyed the fact that the story introduces technology vocabulary to all, making it educational and entertaining. Even though we had to discuss some of the hints at boyfriends relationships with our girls, he liked that Click’d reinforces to our girls the idea that girls have the same capacity to succeed in STEM based businesses and professions as boys do.
Our whole family is glad that we all clicked over the book Click’d and enjoyed discussing about Allie’s story with the reminder that life is not about being perfect but how to fail forward.
We are excited to partner with Disney-Hyperion to give away one US winner their own copy of the book Click’d along with a branded pop socket with mount now until Saturday 9/30 at 9pm EST. To enter:
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Happy Wednesday to all and here’s to raising STEM kids together!