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Lights, Music, Code!
Girls Who Code #3
by Stacia Deutsch
AR Test, Diverse Characters
The winter dance is right around the corner. Maya and her BFFs are in charge of coding a light display for dance. They are hoping to use their coding club skills to create a super cool display. The only problem is that Maya’s friends don’t listen to any of her ideas and don’t appreciate her efforts.
Then Maya’s old friend, Nicole, moves to town. Nicole listens to her and is always on her side—unlike Maya’s coding friends. But when Maya starts spending more time with Nicole, problems arise. Maya needs to learn that friendship—like coding—is about being honest with your friends. Will Maya learn the value of friendship before she loses her friends from coding club?
Although Lights, Music, Code is the third book in the Girls Who Code series, readers do not need to have read the previous books in order to enjoy the story. Lights, Music, Code is written from Maya’s point of view, making the story both entertaining and easy to read. Maya and her friends show that girls can care about both fashion and coding.
As Maya and her friends prepare for the dance, they discuss boys and how to act at a school dance in kid-friendly terms. Maya struggles with many common issues, including: not feeling appreciated, not wanting to ask for help, and not agreeing with her mother. Lights, Music, Code entertains as it teaches valuable lessons through Maya’s struggles.
- Maya’s friends kill a troll king in a video game. Her friend “brought him (the troll king) to his knees with the Unwielding Dagger. Then Nicole sliced his head off.”
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- Nicole calls Maya’s mother a witch.