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4.33  ·  Rating details ·  477 ratings  ·  138 reviews
In this innovative middle grade novel, coding and music take center stage as new girl Emmy tries to find her place in a new school. Perfect for fans of GIRLS WHO CODE series and THE CROSSOVER.
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Versify
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Aimee Lucido
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, perhaps I'm a *little* bit biased, but THIS IS THE BEST BOOK I'VE EVER READ!!!! Recommend it to all your friends and buy it for all your children/nieces/nephews.
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such a fun book! The way it combines music and code and poetry is totally unique, and Emmy herself is such an earnest, heartfelt character looking for her place in the world. STEM-focused fiction for girls is of course very much needed, but it's not all about the coding (although the code-poetry itself is pretty awesome). Emmy's relationship with her parents, her amazing computer teacher, and the girl she hopes will be her best friend drive the story forward as Emmy learns how to find he ...more
Sarah R. Baughman
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
EMMY IN THE KEY OF CODE is a brilliant mesh of music and Java, blurring lines between poetic and programmatic language. Smart, determined Emmy stays true to herself as she searches for her voice. An inspiring and enlightening read!
Tim Peacock
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read an early pre release. Started on my train to work. Got into the office and spent the first half hour of my workday finishing it. Can't wait to read the final cut!
Laura Burdick
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was so close to giving this 5 stars, because up until the very last page of the book, I loved everything about it! However, I was disappointed in the ending, so I've gone down to 4 stars (it didn't satisfy me that there was a major plot point that was left hanging).

I loved how this book mixed code and poetry and music. When I first learned how to program, I remember thinking that if I could write down my thoughts, I could write them down in code. This book does exactly that, in a beautiful way
Blair Thornburgh
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you think you need to understand code or math to appreciate this book, I am here to reassure that that is NOT the case. Trust me, I barely made it out of Algebra II! This is a beautiful and smart novel that uses code and music AND poetry to tell a story, and a fabulous, emotional, pitch-perfect MG story at that.

Like Emmy herself, the poems are playful, heartfelt, and layered. You could use this in a classroom to discuss poetry, or music, or computer science, or just friendship and standing up
Brian Weisfeld
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the chance to read an advance copy of EMMY and all I can say is "wow." Not sure which is more impressive - the ambition of creating a novel in verse filled with music and code or the execution! Can't wait to pass it along to my daughters to read next.
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a great story!! I can relate to Emmy in the musical way so can my son. See we're string players. Oh and I can't leave my mom out who started all of this. However; I don't think that ever did any music in code so this was something new to me.
My grandmother I'm sure can definitely relate most to Emmy because she was moving around to all the different schools in Ohio when she was younger. I can't imagine doing that but I'm sure it couldn't have been easy. How are you going to learn where t
Verse novel that encapsulates a lot of themes with which young people can identify. Clever and heart-warming.
Gina Schaarschmidt
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: truly-quirky
Great middle school story and inventive format. It's not for everyone, though. Give this to kids who have had an introduction to coding.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First of all, the verse in this novel is beautiful - many verse novels read like prose with wacky line breaks, but this book works as poetry as well as a narrative, and it uses space really well, especially with the incorporation of code elements. The story is well-paced and well-told, the challenges of middle school are real to these characters but I think every reader will see themselves reflected, the characters are three-dimensional, and I absolutely LOVE the way Lucido makes it clear that y ...more
Chris Baron
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this novel in verse! Full review soon!
Meg Chia (bibliophilogy)
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this!! Review to come on my blog which you should totally be checking out!

Palatine Library
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tween-reviews
I give Emmy in the Key of Code a 4.5 star rating and I liked it because the characters were very clear about their feelings and it had lots of coding in it but it was a very quick read for me and I also liked that the friendships between the kids were like me and my friends. Reviewed by: Lucy, grade 4

Emmy’s move to a new California School introduces her to an exciting new teacher and an exciting nitch in Computer Coding. Encouraged by Abigail, a new friend, Emmy follows in her Dad’s musical foot
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Emmy in the Key of Code is a delightful novel done in verse.
Emmy is 12 years old and is at a new school in California. Her life in Wisconsin seems so far away and she adjusts to a new home and not having any friends. She feels out of place until she opens herself up to her Computer Science class. This is where Emmy finds something new in herself that helps her realize that she got in all along.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This novel is a perfectly coded middle grade novel. Filled with new and old friendships and Java in verse! Seriously, this book is brilliant.
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 This was such a cute and wonderful book full of music, coding, friendship, and finding where you belong.
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a great read! It’s code, it’s poetry, it’s music, it’s teen (and adult) angst, finding and belonging. Just lovely.
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book for both its story and its format! Beautifully written, deeply creative, and relatable, too.
Alex  Baugh

Emmy, 12, and her parents have just moved from Wisconsin to San Francisco so that her dad can pursue his dream of being a pianist in the symphony orchestra there. Her mom, an opera singer, has given that up and taken a regular job in order to make the move. Both parents are very musical, but no matter how hard she tries and no matter how much she loves and knows about music, Emmy just doesn't have musical bone in her body. Besides, past attempts at musical performance have left her with a bad ca
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Moving to a new school is tricky. Emmy has never quite felt like she fit in anyway; the music in her head refuses to come out. But in her new elective she learns a new way to do it, and finds new friends to help her weather life's problems.

I know I tend to be quite emotional, but I challenge anyone to read this sweet story and not tear up a little bit. Emmy is strong and smart, and sadly those things don't always matter. I loved watching the different characters grow in their own ways and become
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This month we are reading two great STEAM/girl power books for Chapter and Verse Book Club -"Counting the Stars" by Lesa Cline-Ransome and Raúl Colón and "Emmy in the Key of Code" by Aimee Lucido. Both are excellent selections.

In "Emmy in the Key of Code," Emmy has just moved with her parents to a new town, where her father hopes to get his big break as a symphony concert pianist. As the school year begins, she considers all of what she was comfortable with and assured of in her old life, and a
Tasslyn Magnusson
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels-in-verse
I love this book so much. I love it as a mom of a middle grade girl - just like Emmy. I also love it as a poet. First - let's talk about middle grade. Emmy is all of that awkward, learning about friends, discovering what she likes and doesn't like, learning to be her true self. Lucido does a magnificant job of showing Emmy as a whole person - and how she works through the challenges of middle school life. I want those kind of books for my daughter (and son, but he's in high school now so "grown ...more
Meredith Mara
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful, moving, and heart-warming story about a girl in a new city, new school, a girl born to two world-class musicians, who has music in her heart but hasn't found her own brand of music yet. Brilliantly written, in a format that combines poetry and coding.
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a lovely book! A must read!
Ms. Yingling
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
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Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun book in verse. Hoping my 7th grader will pick it up. Came to it through crosswords (I guess the author is a constructor) and was a little sad not to see any xword references.
Abby Johnson
Born to super musical parents, Emmy has always longer for musical talent but it evades her. She's not good at any instrument and has paralyzing stage fright. When her family moves to San Francisco so her dad can have a shot at his dream job, Emmy starts at a new school for the first time and she has no idea where she belongs. She has no friends, she has trouble even speaking to any of the kids, and when she's asked what elective she wants on the first day, she turns in a blank sheet of paper and ...more
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Emmy and her musician parents move from the Midwest to California. The whole family struggles together to adjust to their new lives. The author sprinkles musical and coding terms and references throughout the story. She does so in a very poetic styling. This very unique story is told from Emmy's perspective and we get to know her thoughts and feelings and join her in her emotional discoveries. She loves music like her parents do, but she begins to realize it’s not her passion. Coding is. And wit ...more
J.L. Slipak
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

So, when I got this book, I thought: “Wow, this is one thick book.”

I opened the cover and flipped through its pages and thought: “Great! Another novelty format.” I hate novelty formats. Okay, maybe hate is too strong a word… I dislike enormously but not too much to fill a canyon or rise above half a mountain.
However, my job as a reviewer, a true reviewer… is not to judge without at least giving it a good effort at understanding a
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