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Codecrafter [Kindle Edition]

Erica Sandbothe
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Tagg has come to Tilde for one reason: to become a Codecrafter, a sorcerer who can forge her own magic spells. The road isn't an easy one. Tagg must face infinite loops, ornery students, tricky lang-monsters, and the wrath of a powerful queen.

Above all, she will face what it means to be a Codecrafter.

For the words that Tagg is learning aren't just magical. They are computer science.

Codecrafter is set in a world where spells are software, magic is programmed, and one girl must use all of her skills to outwit an enemy bent on her destruction.


Product Details

  • File Size: 216 KB
  • Print Length: 147 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0989192806
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Erica Sandbothe (April 11, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CF3E0Z6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,810 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I finished the novel "Codecrafter" in two days and liked it a lot: I think that not only young girls, but also computer aficionados and pedagogues, would find it interesting.

Erica introduced in very few pages some mathematics principles (induction and pigeon hole principle) and a few programming principles (libraries, compilers and file permissions), and weaves them very cleverly in the story line, such that those are not merely background material but key elements of the story (e.g. the heroine escapes her enemies thanks to her understanding of the pigeon hole principle, and causes trouble because of properties of a Unix-like permission system of files).

It is definitely NOT an introduction to programming or computer science, rather just a hook, and definitely not sufficient by itself to "seduce" little girls to computer science, but it's a nice demonstration that such hooks are possible and attractive. I hope it will inspire many projects among the same line!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Math is ok, story isn't August 25, 2013
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The story starts fine and then it loses the middle, jumping right to a very trite ending. I don't recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! April 21, 2013
By Carla
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I loved this book. It kept my interest until the end and I can't wait to read the next one! I really enjoyed the main character, Tagg, who is struggling to learn how to be a sorcerer. The magical creatures are interesting and often funny especially the lang-monsters. The sorcery spells are based on computer science. A very original idea! The story is engaging and suspenseful. I would recommend this fantasy to anyone who likes reading about a character coming of age in a magical world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible and entertaining June 16, 2014
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Bought this for a 10 year old boy, I know he's going to love it. I finished in a day and loved the way CS/Math topics were taught / introduced. Accessible and entertaining.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cute story but doesn't "teach" coding March 5, 2014
By jkcook
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One of the stated goals of the author is to introduce children and preteens to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), especially the dynamic world of programming and computer science. It's a cute Harry Potter-type knock-off, but unless the kids already know some language-based coding, they aren't going to understand or notice the coding that's cleverly worked in to the story. For example, kids are named Jay[0], Jay[1], etc. Unless the realize that's a coding convention, they're just going to think the teacher is weird. Maybe in subsequent books, she'll get into it more, but for right now, it's quite a stretch to think this is introducing them to STEM. She does do a much better job at teaching them that a girl can accomplish things by using her logical thinking and persistence.
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