Right now I am teaching a coding class to 6th graders, and it has been really fun. I love how coding makes them think and be ok with things not going right the first time! It really forces them to think through the problem and be ok with trial and error. So when I was given this book for review I hoped it would fit with that. I wasn't disappointed. I was really pleased with how this book talked about coding. It was factual about coding but not so much that the average kid would be lost. It kept it at their level! I think the use of the app Allie created would hold their attention. I could see them imagining how they might use an app like it at school!
Mostly though I liked how it is a story that kids can relate to at the middle school age. All kids can relate to the idea of their deepest secrets seeing the light of day and the horror of being the one that causes that. Allie is a great character throughout all that. She's typical for the age in her reactions but also a great role model for how to handle something big like this. I liked her a lot.
In the end: I liked that it showed the fun and challenge of coding (for both boys and girls - with an emphasis on girls) and at the same time was just a good book about friendship and taking responsibility for a situation you caused!
Sidenote- Allie's app is super cool and I wish it really existed!
Yes I'd put this in the library! I think kids would be interested in it - especially at my school where they have to take coding.