CoverPerfect for fans of The Babysitters Club and anyone interested in computer science, this series is published in partnership with the organization Girls Who Code!

It’s almost time for the talent show at school, and Erin couldn’t be more excited. It’s her time to take center stage! Plus, she and her friends from coding club are putting together an awesome coding program for the show. 

But Erin has a big secret: she has anxiety. And when things start piling up at home and school, she starts having trouble handling everything. Her friends from coding club have always been there for her, but will they be as understanding when the going gets tough? Sometimes in coding–like in friendship–things don’t go exactly as planned, but the outcome can be even better than you’d imagined.

First, I have to say a big thank-you to Friya from Penguin Teen for giving me this opportunity!!! Next, I have not read any books from the Girls Who Code but I was able to dive right into this book. I really enjoyed reading this book and I cannot wait to discuss this book with you guys.

I really loved the writing style and was addicted to it!!! I read this book in one sitting and loved that. Ms. Schusterman writing style was very clear and easy to read. Ms. Schusterman was able to write the book for a younger audience while talking about complicated things like mental health, military deployment, and the LGBTQ+ community. I loved the way that Michelle Schisterman talked about these topics and will probably teach some girls tolerance and the ability to tell girls how important friends are. This book means a lot to me and I can’t wait to see where this story takes us.

The girls were very well-written and relatable. I think that Erin was very amazing and a very role-model for girls all over with anxiety. All of the girls were such great friends and I wish that girls in real life were this kind and friendly. I enjoyed the dialogue that the girls exchanged and how supportive they were. Erin, Maya, Lucy, Lelia, and Sophia were such great characters and I loved what a great friend group they were. I was astounded by the maturity of the girls and how well they reacted to everything. All of the girls were amazing and I can’t wait to see where they go in the future.

The coding aspect of this book was amazing and I can’t wait to see if that is written as well in the other books. I was quite pleased to know that I understood many of the technical terms in this book. The coding was very advanced, so if this is what girls are doing in their girls who code clubs then I am very impressed and need to up my coding game. I loved reading about the coding and how the girls worked together to achieve their dreams.

The plot was very well-written and I really liked it. The plot was based on preparing for a talent show and growing friendships within the club. I really liked this and was engrossed in the building of friendships and websites. I was in love with the way that the coding club girls were able to audition and compete. I was very pleased to read about the way that the rest of the girls dealt with Erin’s anxiety. All of the girls were amazing and I loved them so much. The plot wasn’t very suspenseful but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

I loved this book and I can’t wait to read more from the series. I highly recommend this book. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. I got the summary from the publisher. Thank you again to Friya from Penguin Teen for this opportunity. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons


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Michelle Schusterman is the author of I Heart Band, a Scholastic Reading Club pick, The Kat Sinclair Files, and Olive and the Backstage Ghost. She’s also an instructor at Writopia Lab, a nonprofit organization that offers creative-writing workshops for children and teens from all backgrounds. Find out more at

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