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The Friendship Code

(Girls Who Code #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  415 ratings  ·  110 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 exc
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published August 22nd 2017 by Penguin Workshop
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Susan Kennedy
This was a great book. I feel it is directed towards middle school aged children and more towards girls. I thought this was a great way to add some computer knowledge and coding interest to girls that age. I thought it was well written and fun. The group of girls got to know each other and became friends or worked out misunderstandings to become friends again.

The characters were enjoyable and I loved the group of friends working out the notes that were left. They worked together well
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
Grace P. (gracefulreads)
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
The Friendship Code
Team BFF: Race to the Finish!

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
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
Although I've wanted to learn computer programming for a while, the few times I've tried I've given up, finding it too technical to focus or wrap my head around. I figured children or middle grade books would be the perfect way to have it explained plainly. So when I heard about the Girls Who Code movement and the creation of this book series I was very excited to get a hold of them.

The book explains in a very straightforward manner commonly used coding terms and then follows up by giving examp
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marlow-library
(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.
3 - Was a good book that my daughter enjoyed.

5 star - Perfect
4 star - i would recommend
3 star - good
2 star - struggled to complete
1 star - could not finish
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-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
Meaningful Madness
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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. Dissatisfie
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. Sh
Ashleigh 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
I really liked the story. I think it is a perfect way to get younger girls (4th-6th graders) interested in, or at least thinking about, computer programming. The introduction of the coding examples as a mystery to be solved was very ingenious. The coding examples were simple and easy to understand and read like pseudo code.

It's too bad there are a bunch of incongruities between the text and the coding examples that could cause young readers to be confused. I assume these mistakes cre
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 protagoni ...more
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Girls Who Code is a national organization to introduce girls to coding in afterschool clubs (grades 3-5 and grades 6-12). In preparation I'm reading some of the materials that we will use once we get a club setup in our local middle school (grades 6-8).

This book is the first in a fiction series that introduces a group of girls in middle school to the concepts of input/output, loops, variables, and conditional structures. It was painful to read, but I can see how introducing these top
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
Beth Anne
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, audiobook
I listened to the audiobook, but had the physical copy also to look through. Started a little slow for me, mostly because I was trying to figure out who the target audience was. The main characters are all middle schoolers, but the text is extremely simple at times, with text conversations and emojis included. I ended up enjoying it more than I initially expected, especially the coding aspects, and the relational developments between the girls in the story turned out really well. I still feel li ...more
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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. ...more
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 le
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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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