Paths & Portals (Secret Coders, #2) by Gene Luen Yang

Paths & Portals (Secret Coders, #2)

Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.There's something lurking beneath the surface of Stately Academy—literally. In a secret underground classroom Hopper, Eni, and Josh discover that the campus was once home to the Bee School, an institute where teachers, students, and robots worked together to unravel the mysteries of coding. Hopper and her friends are eager to follow in this tradition and become top-rate cod...

Details Paths & Portals (Secret Coders, #2)

TitlePaths & Portals (Secret Coders, #2)
Release DateAug 30th, 2016
PublisherFirst Second
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Childrens, Middle Grade, Comics, Juvenile, Science, Computer Science, Coding

Reviews Paths & Portals (Secret Coders, #2)

  • Kellee
    *There are many things I really like about this series: 1) It is smart. 2) It is written for kids who are coders or noncoders. 3) It is interactive. 4) The characters are diverse and relatable. 5) It has math in it but without making it too obvious.What I don't like about this series: 1) THE CLIFFHANGERS!
  • Nazarene Static
    I love this author and I love his books (I have said this before). I appreciate the talent it takes to weave an interesting story line filled with suspense, fun, and drama while teaching at the same time. This book is middle grade but I don't know anything about coding....well I didn't until recently. Yang is an ectremely talented author and teacher.
  • Reading is my Escape
     This is book two in the Secret Coders series.  Hopper, Eni, and Josh meet Professor Bee, founder of the Bee School, which has been mostly demolished and replaced by Stately Academy (the school all three friends attend). Professor Bee teaches them to code (program a robot turtle to follow specific paths). But Principal Dean and the rugby team are following them and trying to discover a secret. The Secret Coders series follows the friends as ...
  • Samantha
    Coding is so new to me, but I love the idea of it. The Secret Coders series is a perfect introduction to coding and to a fun story. The graphic novel approach is excellent because it combines visual learning with storytelling, and I think young readers will find that combination very appealing.What I love most about these books is that the main character, Hopper, is a young girl. Unfortunately, women still face obstacles in any sort of STEM or co...
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineAcquaintances and students at Stately Academy (Hopper, Eni and Josh) have discovered that the janitor, Mr. Bee, is not what he appears. He was the founder of Bee Academy, which was on the ground of Stately, and which was a school for computer coding. Some of the classrooms and equipment have been preserved deep underneath the new school, and in their free time the coders try to program the "turtles". They co...
  • Kam Yung Soh
    The second book in the series, this one starts off where the first one left off, with the kids faced with a programming challenge. When they succeed, they learn more about the history of the school and that the janitor is not just a janitor but a hidden programmer and creator.But things take a sinister turn when Hopper uses a robot to complete her homework, leading the sinister school principal to become interested in her activities. He then get ...
  • Nicola Mansfield
    Yang is one of my favourite graphic novelists but this series doesn't do it for me. The first one was better as I found it unique but now it just tires for an adult reader. But let's take it for what it is. This is a book meant to be educational and get kids interested in coding. In that context, it does a good job of teaching and adding an extra bit of story with the kids having to deal with bullies and the big bad principal.
  • Nancy Kotkin
    Story: 4 starsIllustrations: 4 starsHopper, Eni, and Josh formalize their team of secret coders. Meanwhile, strange things continue to happen at their private school and the principal is revealed to be downright devious. Introduces basic logic constructs of computer programming and some coding is worked into the story. The language appears to be based on machine code, which is simple enough for beginners. In addition to the binary math, commands,...
  • Danielle
    I kind of wish I'd had this series when I was younger, so I would've gotten into coding earlier. The book is still interactive and starts to get a little bit more involved in the plot, which I think kids will enjoy in conjunction with the problems. This isn't something that I'm following super closely, but I think Yang is doing good work by creating this series. I'm definitely too old for it, but I appreciate it in my old (college) age.
    2016-09-16 and PortalsThe Secret Coders, Book #2By Gene Luan Han and Mike HolmesISBN 978-0-9906031-0-8Brought to you by OBS Reviewer ScottReview:Warning: This book does not stand on its own. It requires you to have read the previous book The Secret Coders, and is not a self-contained entity. That being said The Secret Coders: Paths and Portals carries on from where the previous book left off, and leaves you hang...
  • Asheley
    Secret Coders: Paths & Portals picks up immediately after the end of the first book. Hopper and Eni - along with their friend Josh - are still solving clues around the very odd Stately Academy. They're now working along with the school janitor, Mr. Bee. In the first book, we thought Mr. Bee was just a mean old member of the school staff, but in this installment, we find out that there is actually way more to Mr. Bee's story! There is also way mor...
  • Earl
    I admit I wasn’t as much a fan of this one as the first one. I did like the fact it builds on everything from the first book without recapping. At the same time, the computer coding lessons were a bit more difficult. I think readers who are already into the subject will enjoy it more. The story wasn’t as strong although everything is building up to something I can’t wait to read about!
  • Michelle (Undeniably Book Nerdy)
    4.5/5 stars
  • Katie Florida
    By Jove, I think I understand coding! (some)
  • Sarah
    I really want to like this series. I've been a fan of all of Gene Luen Yang's previous works, but unfortunately, this one just falls short. I love the idea of incorporating coding into a storyline, but it's clunky here and pedantic. The storyline, such as it is, basically is just a device to carry readers from coding lesson to coding lesson. I appreciate the effort to have a diverse cast of characters, but they are flat, overused types. There are...
  • Staci
    I still think these books are an interesting way to try to interest kids in coding but I'm a little annoyed that rather than each book being a separate adventure, the books are a continuation of the same story so that readers may have to wait months on a cliffhanger for the next book to be published before they can continue the story. That being said I do like the way the book tries to involve the reader by asking them to try to figure out how th...
  • Julia
    The plot really picks up in this book, with a secret conspiracy involving the principal and the entire rugby team. Meanwhile, the janitor teaches the kids more about coding whole programs, including repeats and variables.Math note: both of the books in this series introduce basic concepts in computer coding, with a lot of examples and prompting you to draw out and write out your own code. However, they do a poor job of explaining angles (turn rig...
  • Barbara
    The second installment in this series reveals that there is a secret classroom beneath Stately Academy where Hopper, Eni, and Josh go to school. There, the school janitor, Mr. Bee, teaches the youngsters about logo and how to write code that will make the robot turtles that are stored there move from one point to the next one. The youngsters love what they are learning, but they must deal with the interference of a gang of rugby bullies and their...
  • Jill Jemmett
    This story begins right where the first story ended.The kids have to figure out the challenge that Professor Bee gave them. He gave them the challenge at the end of the last book and this one begins with them solving it. The only problem with this is that the reader may have forgotten the very end of the last book. This one ended the same way, with a cliffhanger. If you don’t have access to the book or if you read the previous one a long time a...
  • Amanda
    A really great continuation of an awesome series! The characters are strongly drawn as realistic kids, and it's great to see them assemble into a team in this volume. Some plot trappings are familiar, but the coding aspect makes it feel unique and fresh. There's lots of humor and fun (the bit with mom was great!), and the art is cutely angular and expressive.I liked how the kids are great friends without drama, but there was a tiny tiny hint of r...
  • Jim
    (borrowed from my local library) This volume in the series didn't have quite as much story in it as the first volume. That being said it is still a good quick read that gets you thinking. This is a great series for STEAM based learning. The computer code (aka Logic) it teaches along the way while you read the story is great for starting coders of any age. In this volume you will learn a bit of how computers draw (or move a cursor around), and abo...
  • Becky B
    The Secret Coders continue to learn new tricks (and school secrets) from the janitor during their detention time. But then the school rugby team starts following Hopper around. What are they up to?This builds right on the first book in both plot and computer coding knowledge. The coding in this gets a little more complicated, and each time a coding problem is posed to the three main characters, there is a pause to let the reader try to figure it ...
  • Leah
    This is another charming story including Hopper and her two coder friends, Eni and Josh. They begin to expand their knowledge in coding which gets them "the in" with the janitor and some of his secrets. They learn more and more in their makeshift lessons disguised as trash duty. A new issue has arose, though, and a few unexpected enemies present themselves, leaving the coders to use their imagination to protect them and their newfound love of cod...
  • Kim
    What a fun way to introduce computer programming to kids in grades 4-7! While the drawings are cartoonish, colored only using shades of green, black and gray, the story is humorous and the coding puzzles are interesting. Kids learn about binary numbers and how to code elementary geometric shapes, like triangles and polygons.The programming language used in the book is called LOGO, which can be used to create computer graphics. The author's websit...
  • Kathleen
    The second book in the Secret Coders series, this next part of the story is still quite interesting. We get more backstory on the characters, and more coding challenges. Some of the coding pages are really starting to drag on, like the "repeat" commands, but it is still important to have a visual aid for kids so I understand why those sections are there. I have to say my main issue was with Hopper's change of heart over Josh towards the end of th...
  • Adan
    The second installment of Secret Coders teaches kids more of the Logo programming language, including the Repeat command and variables. Both Eni and Hopper get a bit more backstory to them, and more of the school’s mystery is revealed, but the story is definitely taking a back seat to the teaching of the programming language. I certainly understand why that is, but it does give the title some pacing problems.
  • Jessica
    I think these books are ingenious. Kids can learn have to program and practice within the context of a story! They characters are believable and realistic. I like when she programs the turtle to do her Mandarin homework. Very crafty how it works together and grows on the previous lessons. Well done!
  • Mary Thomas
    As others have said, these books end on complete cliffhangers (like, there is no resolution until you read the next one). I went ahead and got #3 and #4 from the library so that I wouldn't be left hanging too long! I had taught coding (via when I taught technology, but I learned some new commands in this book.