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On Immunity: An Inoculation
On Immunity: An Inoculation
by Eula Biss
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, profound exploration of cultural and historical forces that culminate in the decision not to vaccinate, October 2, 2014
ScienceThrillers Review: On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss is an extraordinary, unclassifiable, vital book that deserves to be widely read and reflected upon. Written by a critically acclaimed essayist, On Immunity is a memoir, an essay collection, a history, a social commentary, a parenting guide, a literary work...The author herself has a hard time succinctly answering the question, "What is your book about?"

I'll tell you what On Immunity is about by telling you why it's an important book. As a scientist and medical professional myself, I "believe" in vaccination. My kids get their immunizations on schedule, I get my flu shot every fall. I bristle when I encounter anti-vaccine people and propaganda. And like many other people in my shoes, I look at the data on the benefits versus risks of vaccination, and I wonder why "those people" don't get it. Essentially, I'm asking, "What is WRONG with those people?"

But did I ever truly, honestly explore the question from a more neutral perspective, not, what is wrong with vaccine refuseniks, but, why do they perceive the world so differently from the way I do?

Fortunately, Eula Biss has deeply explored this important question, and in unfailingly beautiful, intelligent prose, she has answered it with a depth and breadth that astonishes.

Clinical study data have nothing to do with it, which really shouldn't surprise anyone. In how many aspects of our lives do we ignore data and make decisions based on other considerations? Many-no, most.

Biss makes crucial insights into the numerous complex streams that feed the anti-vaccine movement. To begin, she uses an ongoing metaphor of the vampire. The act of injecting a foreign substance into the body is fraught with metaphysical significance. Biss links it to violation, corruption, and pollution. Historically, others have, too. An Anglican bishop in 1882 referred to a smallpox vaccination scar as "the mark of the beast." (Her analysis of the history of vaccination amply demonstrates that vaccine refusal is not new.)

If there is one idea that Biss contributes which is most novel and most important to the conversation about vaccination, it is this: the decision to vaccinate is not a private one. It is intimately a part of our how we view ourselves in relation to our community, our government, and our institutions. Indeed, Biss argues that our own bodies are not as individually disconnected from the body public as we believe. She links immunization to our membership in a group, to the fundamental connectedness of people. She likens universal vaccination to a blood bank. Each person donates part of her own body to protect the health of another. Ultimately, she shows that "immunity" isn't something that happens inside our bodies. It happens to our community. And certain privileged members of this community have a responsibility to act for the benefit of those who are less so.

As difficult as it is to summarize this slender volume, it's even more challenging to highlight the best or most important passages. I swear I highlighted, commented, or dog-eared half the pages in the book. Profound ideas and syntheses follow one after another.

This is an intellectual book. It is ill-suited to soundbites, and is painted entirely in shades of gray, something our over-opinionated culture finds discomfiting. Therefore it will not appeal to every reader. What makes On Immunity the perfect book for the conversation on vaccination is, the author herself is a member of the class most likely to refuse vaccination: educated, married, white mothers. She writes as one of them, and communicates in a way that should appeal directly to the intelligent, socially concerned, well-read women who object to vaccines, women who experience a modern American trauma of "feeling responsible for everything and powerless at the same time."

I hope that many book groups consisting of such women will have the courage to engage with this book. It speaks to them from the heart, and it understands how they feel. While Biss explicitly rejects the idea of a middle ground on the question of vaccination as a false peace, she remains utterly grounded in and sympathetic to the worldview of those who want to protect their children. Her persuasion has nothing in common with the data-haranguing of the medical/scientific establishment. She asks for a larger view of the self, and an embrace of the community.

An advance copy of this book was given to me by the publisher with no promises on my part.
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The Fourteenth Goldfish
The Fourteenth Goldfish
by Jennifer L. Holm
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rare gem of scientific fiction for middle grade, September 21, 2014
ScienceThrillers review: Who knew that a "simple" little book for 8-12 year olds could be so brilliant?

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm (author of many things including the Babymouse series of graphic novels) is laugh-out-loud funny, poignant, inspiring, and science-y all in one. Buy this one and read it to the youngster in your life, or just enjoy it yourself and then donate it to a school library.

The setup and plot are simple enough. Ellie's grandfather, a scientist who has a fan club in Finland, has found the key to restoring youth in a mysterious, one-of-a-kind jellyfish. (This idea is based on real research about jellyfish that never age.) Grandpa Melvin is now a teenager in body, but he's still Grandpa in mind and spirit. This contrast makes for some fantastic conversations. "Teenage" Melvin in his old-man polyester pants says:

"You need good grades if you're going to get into a competitive PhD program."

"PhD program? She's eleven years old!" my mother says.

Unfortunately, Melvin the kid has been kicked out of his research lab because nobody believes he is Melvin the doctor. He needs to get inside to snatch the jellyfish so he can publish his data. Meanwhile, he's living with his daughter and granddaughter and going to Ellie's school.

Around this premise, author Holm weaves a surprisingly subtle and complex tale about change vs stasis, what it means to grow up and grow old, the power of science to transform the world for good or for ill, the importance of ethics and thoughtfulness in research, parent-child relationships, and the power of possibility. Holm invokes Marie Curie, Robert Oppenheimer, Newton, and Jonas Salk.

For me as an adult reader, the best parts of The Fourteenth Goldfish were the pitch-perfect portrayals of a crotchety genius with a soft spot for his granddaughter, a man who might win a Nobel prize but can't handle any deviation from his diet of Chinese take-out moo goo gai pan. As a science-y person, I loved the deft incorporation of science biography and history as a natural part of the story, not as something preachy or "educational" added on.

A rare gem of great storytelling and science content in a middle grade novel. Highly recommend.


No Time to Die
No Time to Die
by Kira Peikoff
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great beach read with interesting science, September 1, 2014
ScienceThrillers review: No Time to Die by Kira Peikoff is a slick, well-paced, well-written thriller that should satisfy fans of science thrillers. This is a book that I enjoyed reading and was eager to pick up again. A classic beach read: fast, intriguing, not too demanding, and nicely wrapped up in the end.

No Time to Die balances several point of view characters. The main protagonist, but not the only one, is Zoe Kincaid. Zoe is twenty years old but as we learn in the opening chapters, she stopped aging biologically at fourteen. To Zoe, this arrested development seems a curse as she is trapped in a child’s body. To others, it looks like the Holy Grail of anti-aging research: a natural mutation in the “master regulator gene” which controls development to adulthood and then beyond into the dysfunction of old age. If the responsible genes or mutations could be identified in Zoe’s DNA, human existence might be fundamentally changed.

Zoe’s first conflict is with her parents, who are strangely resistant to finding answers to what ails her, and to letting her seek help when answers are found. In the absence of their support, and with the tacit approval of her beloved, sympathetic grandfather, she takes matters into her own hands. But forces beyond her comprehension are at work and she becomes embroiled in a battle between The Network, a group which makes scientists disappear, and sends taunting postcards to their opponents, the Justice Department’s Bioethics Committee.

No Time to Die dabbles lightly in some larger themes. Peikoff’s characters briefly comment on the profound implications of a successful therapy to stop humans from growing old, but the analysis remains superficial. Interestingly, Peikoff takes a stand about regulation of science that is contrary to the zeitgeist of a lot of popular entertainment: scientists are not always the “bad guys,” and sometimes those who impose restrictions on scientific investigation with the intention of protecting the public are not, in fact, doing what is best for the public. (Peikoff’s father was a close associate of Ayn Rand, and a staunch advocate of laissez faire.)

Peikoff confidently and competently incorporates science into this story. There is enough techno-lingo, correctly used, to thrill the SciThri fan, but not too much to turn off the non-scientist reader. As is true with all good science thrillers, the author takes liberties with scientific timelines (you can’t make knockout mice in a few weeks, or even months) and details (such as the current impossibility of altering genes in an adult human, even when a mutation is known), but this is done in the service of telling a story.

In many ways, No Time to Die deserved a four-star rating from ScienceThrillers.com but a variety of subtle issues weakened the narrative for me. To begin, I felt some confusion about the main character Zoe’s mental age. Does she have the mental maturity of a an early teen, or a young adult? This is important because it’s a legal question in the story, and also because the reader is trying to interpret her actions and motivations, which alternately appear childish and adult. Should the reader support the characters who infantilize the girl because she really cannot make her own decisions, or should the reader root for Zoe’s emancipation? Minor points: Zoe’s seizure disorder is used as a plot device for tension but is ignored in the question of what the effects of her genetic mutation might be; she is described repeatedly as being short and having the body of a child, but if she stopped aging at 14, that seems unlikely. Most of the 14-year-old girls I know are well-developed and approaching their adult height. A more believable age of developmental arrest would be 12, or even 10. The motivation of the story’s villain is not believable. This is not how sadistic psychopaths are made (if they are made at all, not just born). To avoid spoilers, I can’t describe a key plot element but I found the setup hard to swallow, especially the aspect that involves people with no ties binding them to the world around them.

On the positive side, a hero is introduced in this book who is very appealing, and his re-appearance in Peikoff’s next novel will be welcome.

No Time to Die is a worthy addition to the SciThri genre. If you’re looking for the perfect thing to keep you occupied on your next long flight, this is an excellent choice.

Unusual words: growth plates; genome sequencing; microarray; master regulator gene; knockout; epigenetics

An advance reader copy of this book was given to me with no guarantees of a review.


Seeders: A Novel
Seeders: A Novel
by A. J. Colucci
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars SciThri meets horror and you'll never look at cornfields the same way again, August 24, 2014
This review is from: Seeders: A Novel (Hardcover)
ScienceThrillers review: As you might guess, I’m a bit jaded when it comes to thrillers (100+ reviews at the website so far). I tend to read analytically, and I don’t often experience total immersion in a story. But in the last 20% or so AJ Colucci’s second science-themed thriller, Seeders, I was oblivious to the world.

Horror stories will do that to you.

Yes, Seeders is a different kind of SciThri. It’s both a thriller with a foundation in real science, and a classic horror story. The book’s back cover invokes parallels to Stephen King’s The Shining, and that is a totally legitimate comparison.

AJ Colucci’s books could effortlessly be converted into screenplays. Seeders is plotted very much like a horror film, with a contrived setting on a remote island, a motley mix of people brought together and left on their own, a couple of horny teenagers, a problem with the group’s sole means of communication with the outside world, and of course some bad weather. If you enjoy horror movies, you’ll love Seeders. On the other hand, if you watch a horror movie and curse the stupidity of that girl who goes into the dark basement armed only with a pocket flashlight, you will probably get frustrated with Seeders, too. Not everybody in the story behaves rationally. In their defense, some kind of mind-altering force is apparently at work on the island, which could justify some of the bad decisions (and lack of urgency) displayed by the characters.

A key part of the originality in this story is the mystery about what’s happening inside the characters’ heads: why did George die in the prologue? how will whatever killed him affect the new arrivals? is it madness or is it plant mind control?

Colucci gives us an interesting protagonist–Isabelle, daughter of the deceased, mother of two teenage boys, and a wife who in one way or another has been a victim her whole life. How she responds to the crisis she finds herself in, especially as a mother, is a big part of what turns the pages.

Plant and fungal biology are the science-y elements to this tale. Colucci’s use of a solid foundation on these sciences to build her tale makes this a 3-biohazard science thriller. Naturally, the horrors that grow from this ground are a bit far removed from reality.

Seeders starts with a high-impact opening, then drops to a quieter baseline, and gradually, relentlessly, builds from there. You will be on the edge of your seat for the finish. I give the ending a big thumbs-up.

The gore and violent imagery in Seeders is mildly graphic, PG-13 not R level.


The God Particle
The God Particle
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great submarine action in globetrotting thriller with a bit of science, August 23, 2014
This review is from: The God Particle (Kindle Edition)
ScienceThrillers review: I heard author Tom Avitabile speak on a panel at ThrillerFest in New York in July and picked up this latest book in his “Quarterback Operations Group” series, which began with The Eighth Day and Hammer of God. QUOG is a powerful, top-secret US organization led by “Wild Bill” Hiccock, special science advisor to the President. (QUOG reminds me a bit of James Rollins’s Sigma Force.)

In The God Particle, tough-as-nails FBI agent/QUOG operative Brooke Burrell fights for her life in shark-infested waters of the Indian Ocean after being blown off a ship while on an undercover mission to recover evidence of illegal trafficking in nuclear weapons technology. Brooke remains the book’s primary protagonist, and she is an attractive one, displaying equal amounts of intelligence, skill, grit, and compassion. (According to Tom Avitabile’s website, Brooke is so well-liked he is spinning off a new book series just for her.) Back in Washington DC, Hiccock and his close associate Joey Palumbo are asked to advise about a potentially risky particle-smashing experiment planned at CERN, the European supercollider where evidence for the Higgs boson (so-called God particle) was found.

The plot has many angles–not twists, more a series of plot lines that intersect, sometimes in ways that rely too much on coincidence to be believable–so there is plenty of action in a range of interesting foreign locales. The book has a cinematic feel, especially in the dialogue. With the variety of subplots, which get wrapped up episodically at different points in the book, it reminded me a bit of the structure of a TV series.

This book’s greatest strength is its portrayal of the military. If I had to put the QUOG books in a single category, it would be military action-adventure, not science thriller (though they are both). Avitabile uses plenty of military terminology, and nods to a variety of traditions and everyday conventions in the service. In particular in this volume, submarine warfare operations are used to great effect. (Loved those scenes on the sub!) I know nothing about this field, but I certainly came away with the impression that Avitabile did his homework and has the details right. Also, the submarine’s noble commanding officer, who becomes Burrell’s love interest, is a worthy match.

One thing I appreciated about this book is that the federal authorities are not evil/corrupt/murderous etc. Too many thrillers I’ve read portray psychopathic “public servants,” a trend that I believe both reflects and feeds public suspicion of the government.

Avitabile’s writing style is lean, his dialogue concrete and to the point. I would describe the overall tone and POV of the book as masculine, in the way Clive Cussler’s books are masculine (without Cussler’s 1970s sexist streak). Which is not to say that the female lead character isn’t well written; she is well written.

Tom Avitabile’s Quarterback Operations Group thrillers are an excellent choice for readers who like a little bit of science with international intrigue, military themes, and action.


Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner
Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner
by Judy Melinek MD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding death is a labor of life, August 12, 2014
ScienceThrillers Review: Fictional portrayals of forensic science and medical examiners are popular in TV, movies, and books these days. Have you ever watched CSI or a similar program and wished you could have drinks with a forensic pathologist and get her to talk, telling real stories from the strange world of death?

Then this book is definitely for you.

Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner is Judy Melinek’s story of her training in forensic pathology at an extraordinary place (New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner) at an extraordinary time (2001-2003, spanning the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Amerithrax anthrax attacks, and the crash of American Airlines Flight 587). Written with her husband and co-author TJ Mitchell, Melinek’s memoir is a sensitive, human story which illustrates how medical examiners are real doctors who serve the living with compassion, even though their patients are dead.

Of course, Working Stiff is packed with true stories from the morgue, some funny, some pathetic, some deeply tragic, all human, and all appealing to the reader’s curiosity. The reader must bring a touch of morbid to their curiosity as well: descriptions of the nuts-and-bolts anatomic business of doing an autopsy are an essential part of this book, so I can’t recommend it for those who are easily grossed out. Melinek and Mitchell do a masterful job of conveying the thrill of solving a medical mystery using clues left in the body and at the scene of death–and also relaying the frustration when the evidence leaves no definitive answers.

These stories are so good, I can imagine how the authors were bursting to tell them but couldn’t do so in the ordinary dinner conversation type of way (for obvious reasons). For example, who can resist the Mysterious Case of the Maraschino Donkey Dongs?

The majority of the book takes place in ordinary time (or what passes for that in NYC), but readers will be especially drawn to the final chapters which are set during the overwhelming tragedies of September and October 2001. Melinek and Mitchell tell the story of DM01 (Disaster Manhattan, 2001) with honesty and accuracy, with pathos, not melodrama. The authors handle this emotionally difficult territory successfully, eliciting tears in this reader while hitting the right notes of courage and hope. Readers will get a new understanding of the magnitude of the disasters, and the titanic nature of the forces unleashed when the planes crashed.

Working Stiff is a page-turning, engrossing book that reveals a hidden world and shows that the work of understanding death is actually a labor of life.


The Sixth Extinction (Sigma Force)
The Sixth Extinction (Sigma Force)
by James Rollins
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best Sigma Force to date, August 12, 2014
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ScienceThrillers review: If you’re a fan of science-themed or techno-thrillers but you don’t know author James Rollins and the Sigma Force series, it’s past time to join the party.

Rollins is easily one of the top three writers of science-themed action thrillers working today--and possibly the best. The phrase “the next Michael Crichton” has been horribly overused, but Rollins has a legitimate claim to the title. The Sixth Extinction, his newest Sigma novel, is a masterpiece of imaginative, suspenseful storytelling with plenty of science and science fiction elements.

The Sixth Extinction is as good as or better than any other book in the Sigma Force series. I was particularly entranced by the science themes, which focus on synthetic biology and bioengineering. (Bringing microbes and molecules into a story is always a plus with me!) Strange life forms, both micro and macro, aren’t the only newcomers to this Sigma novel. Rollins introduces Jenna Beck, a California State Parks ranger who has brains, courage, resourcefulness, and a search-and-rescue dog named Nikko. (Rollins, who was a veterinarian in his previous life, has started writing great dog characters. Check out his Tucker Wayne stories, featuring military dog Kane: Bloodline (Sigma Force), Tracker: A Short Story (Sigma Force Novels), The Kill Switch: A Tucker Wayne Novel (Sigma Force Novels).)

As readers expect in Sigma tales, the action in Sixth Extinction is wild and nonstop and set in several exotic locales. In this installment, Antarctica and the Brazilian Amazon are key settings. My favorite setting is actually the one least exotic to me: California’s eastern Sierra Nevada, including Mono Lake, the village of Lee Vining, and the ghost town Bodie.

Readers will recognize strong echoes of Crichton’s Jurassic Park and Micro in this novel. Rollins displays impressive creativity in constructing worlds teeming with predators that are believable and terrifying. He also uses his story to thoughtfully explore some important issues about how humans might or are responding to what many believe is a real-life sixth great extinction happening right now. See his notes at the end of the book for discussion.

There is generally less development of Sigma team member life stories in this volume (though there are wedding bells in the air) but there is a setup for more stories to come.

In his Sigma Force thrillers, Rollins is known for mashing together crazy mixtures of real science and history and turning them into action-packed plots. Sixth Extinction is no exception. What I found particularly appealing about this installment of the series is the science focus on biotechnology. I’m a sucker for DNA stories. Rollins plays games with real science, taking bits of truth and sometimes stretching them into pure science fiction. In this book, the stretches are shorter, maybe because (as he points out in the end notes) science reality in the field of synthetic biology is perilously close to fantasy. Hence my 4 biohazards rating, higher than Sigma usually gets from me. Rollins actually had me looking some stuff up (CRISPR-Cas technology, to be precise) and I enjoyed learning about the new technology.

In short, take it as a given that if you follow ScienceThrillers, you should be reading James Rollins. The Sixth Extinction may not be the best place to start, given the long history of the characters in the series, but then again, it’s a fabulous page-turner and who cares if you don’t know all the details? Pick up whichever Sigma novel you can get your hands on and get started.

Unusual words: synthetic biology; XNA; nucleotides; codons; arsenic; facilitated adaptation; de-extinction; CRISPR; MAGE / CAGE; pleistocene park; extremophiles; retrotransposons; biohacking; panspermia; Darwin; Tierra del Fuego; tepui; prion
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Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?
Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?
by Michael J. Sandel
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not "light" reading but a page-turner nevertheless. Superb intro to moral philosophy, August 10, 2014
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ScienceThrillers Review: I never took Sandel’s famous core curriculum course while I was at Harvard, but many undergraduates did. There was something special about that class: people talked about it, and kept talking about it. Sandel was accomplishing what all educators wish they could. He was lighting a fire.

Now, years later, Professor Sandel has written a book based on the content of that course which has now become famous beyond the ivy walls. Which means I had a second chance to be his student. (Or third chance, if you consider I rejected the idea of enrolling in the online edX version of Justice as too onerous.)

No one would describe Justice as a beach read, but I did read it on vacation, an advantage that allowed me to focus more fully and not abandon the book for too-long intervals. It is a page-turner in its own way. Sandel’s gift is two-fold. First, he streamlines the key arguments and perspectives of a select group of great moral philosophers. The ideas aren’t dumbed down, but they are artfully reduced to their essence. Second, he uses real-world anecdotes to illustrate the application of the various philosophies, and equally important, he explains the intellectual challenges made to each. (Which allowed me to pretend that’s exactly what I was thinking and I was glad he brought it up.)

Moral issues used in the book include the famous runaway trolley problem, outrage over the bailout, exploding gas tanks in Ford Pintos, a consensual cannibalism case from Germany, the voluntary military, surrogate pregnancy, selling kidneys, Bill Clinton and Monica, affirmative action, reparations, evacuating Ethiopian Jews, buying American, and much more. In each case, although Sandel is clearly a contemporary American liberal, he avoids taking a decisive stand but works through the logical conclusion of the relevant moral philosophy.

Thus about 80% of the book is an engaging, readable distillation of important ideas about justice, society, and morality. In the last 20% or so, Sandel goes beyond teaching and presents his own argument for a new approach to justice in our times. Once you wrap your head around it, you realize that he is advocating for a revolutionary re-thinking of the moral neutrality which has been the unwritten goal of justice in America for some decades. His is a bracing, risky gambit–but once you’ve read the whole book, you’ll see why it may be the only way to save modern politics.

A remarkable, compact book that will stimulate the logic circuits of your brain and leave you pondering Big Questions.

Unusual words: utilitarianism; Jeremy Bentham; John Stuart Mill; libertarianism; universal rights; laissez-faire; pure practical reason; Immanuel Kant; categorical imperative; intelligible realm; John Rawls; moral desert; Aristotle; telos

If you like Justice, you might like:
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt.


Coding Club Level 3 Python: Building Big Apps
Coding Club Level 3 Python: Building Big Apps
by Chris Roffey
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.85
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coding Club books excellent for youth beginners, June 10, 2014
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I am not a programmer but I wanted to get my kids and some friends started with an after school club, with me as teacher/facilitator. The Coding Club books were ideal. They're visually appealing and well organized. They offer challenges for those who can handle them, but also allow everyone to get the programs working.

I "taught" (guided) the kids through books 1 and 2. I found book 3 to be too complex for me to teach, and also better structured for the kids to engage on their own, working at their own pace. They love the game-style apps.

I recommend this series for 8-15 year olds beginning their exploration of programming.


Coding Club Python Basics (Coding Club, Level 1)
Coding Club Python Basics (Coding Club, Level 1)
by Chris Roffey
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect start for kids AND beginner instructors, June 10, 2014
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I wanted to get my kids and some friends started on programming but I am not a programmer. I identified Python as a good place to start, and chose this series as my "textbooks" for the group.

I found the Coding Club books to be visually appealing and well organized. As beginners all around, we were able to get through the projects and teach each other using these materials. The level 2 book was also excellent for teaching in a group. Level 3 is a great book but it's better suited for individual work at their own pace, or needs an instructor who knows more than I do.

Recommend.


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