Reading Without Walls Blog Tour

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Hello all! I am so excited for my stop today on the Reading Without Walls Blog tour. You can scroll all the way down to check out all the other stops on the tour. For my stop, I got to read three STEM related graphic novels: Secret Coders, Secret Coders: Paths & Portals both by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes, and Human Body Theater: A Nonfiction Revue by Maris Wicks.

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Both Secret Coders and Secret Coders: Paths & Portals by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes are part of a graphic novel series about a group of kids who are into coding. They mainly star this girl named Hooper who is new in school. She is really into basketball and has a bit of a tough exterior. Hooper does not like her school, but through a series of happenstances ends up making friends with two boys – Eni and Josh. So, anyways, the three students stumble upon secrets relating to their school and make good use of coding.

The two books are incredibly fast reads. I mean, they’re perfect if you have a readathon or a goodreads challenge to beat. They are easy to understand. Also? The graphics and colorization are right on point. I enjoyed how this series thus far makes coding seem accessible to girls and boys and crosses ethnic lines as well. So, if you’re looking for books where girls of color do something , check this series out.

Next up, I started Human Body Theater by Maris Wicks. I am the worst, though, so I haven’t finished it yet. Basically, it is this non-fiction graphic novel narrated by a skeleton. It goes fairly into depth on the human body – even going so far as to describe what molecules we are made out of. I genuinely enjoy this book so far. I mean, I will probably seek out more by Maris Wicks in the future. Also, there’s full colorization and it definitely keeps my attention for sure.

I’m glad for the wave of middle grade STEM books. I especially love that they are inclusive of boys and girls. It reminds me of how much things have changed since I was a kid. Granted, okay, I was a kid in the 1990s and very early 2000s. However, there just did not seem to be a big push at that time for girls to go into STEM fields, nor do I really remember reading anything as cool as Secret Coders aimed at girls. I also love how these books take subjects that I personally find to be overwhelming and hard and complicated and put them on a level that engages and is understandable. Kudos to these graphic novels – I hope they make their way into school libraries across the nation.

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READING WITHOUT WALLS BLOG TOUR 
 
August 31: Colby at Sharp Read
September 1: Jess at Reading Nook Reviews
September 2: Samantha at Forest of Words and Pages
September 5: Jennifer at YA Book Nerd
September 6: Maria at Maria’s Mélange
September 7: Gigi at Late Bloomer’s Book Blog
September 8: Jen at Starry Eyed Revue
September 9: Cheyenne at The Hollow Cupboards
September 12: Anya at On Starships and Dragonwings
September 13: April at Good Books and Good Wine
September 14: Cindy at Charting by the Stars
September 15: Erica at The Book Cellar
September 16: Sandie at Teen Lit Rocks
September 19: Asheley at Into the Hall of Books
September 20: Daphne at Gone Pecan
September 21: Mary Ann at Great Kids Books
September 22: Kathy at The Brain Lair
September 23: Michelle & Leslie at Undeniably (Book) Nerdy
September 26: Laurie at Reader Girls
September 27: Margie at Librarian’s Quest
September 28: Victoria at Art, Books, & Coffee
September 29: Cee at The Novel Hermit
September 30: Amanda at Forever Young Adult

 

About April (Books&Wine)

April is 28 years old and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. In her free time she can be found reading, working out, or eating junk food. She often wears her sunglasses at night.

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