It’s not often that we cover middle grade books, but we couldn’t get enough of Tamara Ireland Stone’s new book, CLICK’D.
We’ll be the first to tell you – Disney-Hyperion sent me a copy to check out, and is partnering with me for a giveaway. Don’t worry – that doesn’t mean necessarily that I will say nice things about books. I speak the truth.
I genuinely loved Click’d.
If you aren’t familiar with the book here’s the synopsis:
Allie Navarro can’t wait to show her best friends the app she built at CodeGirls summer camp. CLICK’D pairs users based on common interests and sends them on a fun (and occasionally rule-breaking) scavenger hunt to find each other. And it’s a hit. By the second day of school, everyone is talking about CLICK’D.
Watching her app go viral is amazing. Leaderboards are filling up! Everyone’s making new friends. And with all the data Allie is collecting, she has an even better shot at beating her archenemy, Nathan, at the upcoming youth coding competition. But when Allie discovers a glitch that threatens to expose everyone’s secrets, she has to figure out how to make things right, even if that means sharing the computer lab with Nathan. Can Allie fix her app, stop it from doing any more damage, and win back the friends it hurt-all before she steps on stage to present CLICK’D to the judges?
New York Times best-selling author Tamara Ireland Stone combines friendship, coding, and lots of popcorn in her fun and empowering middle-grade debut.
First, let us say this. We’re very inspired and into coding. It’s a great thing for people to learn and it’s fantastic that Tamara has taken on writing about it for younger girls. It’s a great thing because they can be influenced to take the time to learn.
The book isn’t just about coding though. It’s so much more. It’s an examination of friendships. It’s an examination of dreams.
It’s a journey that shows you that it’s okay to be the “geek” and it’s okay to do things that aren’t the norm. It’s about how you can learn a lot about yourself through the trials and tribulations that you go through.
It took me a hot second to start to like Allie, but once I did, I saw that she was struggling through some points in her life. I relate to that. I understand that. Her interactions are realistic. The way that she talks to her parents, the way she talks to her friends, the way that she’s there for the people in her life.
What I loved the most was that this book showed young girls that you can do anything. You need to believe in yourself. You can be anything.
The book is topics that young girls can relate to.
The book shows that you can do anything that you set your mind to.
The book is realistic.
If you want a book for the middle grade reader in your life – Click’d is it.
And lucky for you – we’re giving away a copy. Just tweet us with your favorite it app, and make sure to use the hashtag #Clickdbook.
One winner will win a copy of Click’d as well as a branded keychain. Sorry guys – only open to US addresses.
We will choose a winner September 13th.
Tamara Ireland Stone (www.TamaraIrelandStone.com) is the author of Time and Time Again, a collection of her two novels Time Between Us and Time After Time, and the New York Times best seller Every Last Word. A Silicon Valley-native, she has worked in the technology industry all her life, first testing Atari game boards in her parents’ garage, and later, co-founding a woman-owned marketing strategy firm where she worked with some of the world’s largest software companies. She enjoys skiing, hiking,and spending time with her husband and two children. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Click’d is in stores today.