What it's about: Twelve-year-old Emmy loves music, but no matter how hard she tries, she’s never been able to carry a note or play a tune. After years of musical disappointments, she decides she can’t pretend to be what she isn’t, and when she enters a new school, she’s placed not in a music class, but in Computer Science. But from the first time Emmy enters the computer lab, she discovers a new type of music: the music of a keyboard and lines of code. Coding brings Emmy a new sense of self, a teacher she cares about, and even a best friend. But just as she’s beginning to find a place in her new school—one made from lines of code, not notes of music—the last thing she expects happens, and she’s left struggling to come to terms with an event which changes everything. Read our full review here!
Why we chose it: Emmy in the Key of Code is one of my favorite realistic fiction books, period. I love how Emmy develops and discovers her true talents as a coder, but I truly connected with her because of her realism: her struggles with self-confidence, her interactions with other characters, and her love of science and art, instead of fitting neatly into one box. Written in rhythmic free verse interspersed with lines of code, this book combines elements of coding, music, women in science, bullying, moving, friendship, and self-discovery in a truly outstanding and original way.