Potions & Parameters

Potions & Parameters

From graphic novel superstar (and former computer programming teacher) Gene Luen Yang, Secret Coders: Potions & Parameters is the fifth volume in a wildly entertaining series that combines logic puzzles and basic coding instruction with a page-turning mystery plot!Professor One-Zero won't stop until the whole town—no, the whole world—embraces the "true happiness” found...

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Title:Potions & Parameters
Author:Gene Luen Yang
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Potions & Parameters Reviews

  • Rachel

    This was cute - I love how it is engaging to the reader so that we can code too, or attempt to think/code for ourselves. The second dimension that Prof Bee is from and how that hierarchy worked was fascinating (and could easily have been our society, like back in the day). SO, I am excited for the next book to come out because this one ended on a cliffhanger!!

    Isn't it interesting how One-Zero wants everyone to be happy "green" zombies... but he isn't consumed by that either - as if he wants to b

    This was cute - I love how it is engaging to the reader so that we can code too, or attempt to think/code for ourselves. The second dimension that Prof Bee is from and how that hierarchy worked was fascinating (and could easily have been our society, like back in the day). SO, I am excited for the next book to come out because this one ended on a cliffhanger!!

    Isn't it interesting how One-Zero wants everyone to be happy "green" zombies... but he isn't consumed by that either - as if he wants to be the only clear thinking individual so that he essentially would take over the world? "Purge the world of evil" without realizing that what he's essentially doing IS evil (or twisted)? Sounds like leaders/dictators that we read about and "just don't understand" how they could do what they do/did.

  • Becky B

    The Secret Coders use LightLight and their growing coding skills to help them hunt for Hopper’s dad, but things don’t go as planned and it is revealed that Dr. One-Zero has something even more evil in the works for the entire town.

    Several big things happen in this one. The situation is getting more serious. Big secrets get revealed. The secret Professor Bee reveals was probably the most interesting (and unexpected). And everyone will be withering away waiting for Secret Coders #6 to come out. S

    The Secret Coders use LightLight and their growing coding skills to help them hunt for Hopper’s dad, but things don’t go as planned and it is revealed that Dr. One-Zero has something even more evil in the works for the entire town.

    Several big things happen in this one. The situation is getting more serious. Big secrets get revealed. The secret Professor Bee reveals was probably the most interesting (and unexpected). And everyone will be withering away waiting for Secret Coders #6 to come out. Sorry, can’t tell much more than that without some big spoilers. This series is so good in helping readers learn coding basics in a very fun way. Things covered in previous books get resurfaced or built upon so you don’t forget what you’ve already learned, and constant progress is being made in knowledge. How to code circles gets introduced in this one, as well as how to code any polygon.

    No content issues.

  • Earl

    The Coders are back in their penultimate adventure where they must outwit ducks with teeth, discover a betrayal, recover a stolen item, and prepare to travel to another dimension- or is it one-dimension less?

    I would say a reread of the previous books in the series is always a good idea before reading the latest one. This includes the bonus short story "Lost & Found" previously only available online.

  • Melissa

    The coding keeps getting more advanced, and the storyline keeps getting crazier! What will happen next? In this volume, they rescue Hopper's dad (yay!), thwart One-Zero multiple times as usual (yay!), and some start to realize they may have more-than-friends feelings for each other (which I could have done without. Do we really have to go down this path with every boy-girl friendship in books? Sometimes they're just friends! Let's focus on the coding and adventures!)

    I got an advanced reader copy

    The coding keeps getting more advanced, and the storyline keeps getting crazier! What will happen next? In this volume, they rescue Hopper's dad (yay!), thwart One-Zero multiple times as usual (yay!), and some start to realize they may have more-than-friends feelings for each other (which I could have done without. Do we really have to go down this path with every boy-girl friendship in books? Sometimes they're just friends! Let's focus on the coding and adventures!)

    I got an advanced reader copy from NetGalley and did point this out to the publisher so hopefully it is fixed by true publication, but there was a coding error on page 13! Gasp! The code given does not match the picture! The code provided would create a 12 point star, while the picture is an 8 point star. :-P

    As always, I found it too short and I do hope one day these are all published together in one volume. Or maybe I'm just impatient since I have to wait for each one to be published!

  • Suzanne

    Hopper, Eni, and Josh continue their efforts to take down Dr. One-Zero before he can control the entire town. And that is just what he plans to do with his "green pop." He has the students creating gallons of the stuff during their chemistry classes, and readers already know from previous books that drinking the soda can hypnotize people into what the villain calls "true happiness." How does he plan to use this stockpile to take over everyone in town?

    When the Coders use the Turtle of Light, the

    Hopper, Eni, and Josh continue their efforts to take down Dr. One-Zero before he can control the entire town. And that is just what he plans to do with his "green pop." He has the students creating gallons of the stuff during their chemistry classes, and readers already know from previous books that drinking the soda can hypnotize people into what the villain calls "true happiness." How does he plan to use this stockpile to take over everyone in town?

    When the Coders use the Turtle of Light, the most powerful programming tool that Professor Bee has, they manage to find Hopper's missing father and some of the professor's other students. But while they are preoccupied, One-Zero gets his hands on the Turtle. With Eni's parents threatening to transfer him to another school (because Hopper and Josh are bad influences), Hopper's mother worried about her safety and distracted by the health of her newly rescued husband, can the Coders stay together long enough to put an end to One-Zero and his plans for good?

    Like the other

    books,

    has plenty of explanations of coding concepts as Professor Bee teaches the Coders the skills they need to fight the villain. And there are pauses so that readers can work out the coding challenges themselves. For middle graders who enjoy graphic novels and have an interest in robots and coding, this is the perfect series.

    Highly recommended for elementary school libraries and classrooms. I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

  • Martin

    I'm not sure if these are getting less exciting, or if it maybe it just feels like there isn't enough story in each book now, but I've been enjoying them less. They've always felt a little bit like the coding was tacked on, but this one is the worst for that so far, I think. (With "challenges" at the end of the major plot points.)

  • Danielle

    Three friends try to stop an evil professor from poisoning their town by using their coding skills.

    Full disclosure: I requested this book on NetGalley because I’ve read other Gene Luen Yang books and enjoyed them (American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints). I want to learn more about the basics of coding, and I figured a graphic novel about coding by a great author would be a good way to dive in. I didn’t realize that this book is fifth in a series… and that you REALLY need to read all of the

    Three friends try to stop an evil professor from poisoning their town by using their coding skills.

    Full disclosure: I requested this book on NetGalley because I’ve read other Gene Luen Yang books and enjoyed them (American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints). I want to learn more about the basics of coding, and I figured a graphic novel about coding by a great author would be a good way to dive in. I didn’t realize that this book is fifth in a series… and that you REALLY need to read all of the books in order for this one to make any sense. Had I read all previous books, I’m pretty sure my rating would be higher. That said, I also shouldn’t have requested an ARC because this version was missing some artwork… CODING artwork that was pretty essential to learning anything about coding from the book. I did get the sense from it that, if you read the whole series, you’d get coding practice AND an interesting plot with characters you grow to care about. (But I didn’t read them. So… I’m kind of left with a ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ on this one.) MG. Graphic Novel.

  • Leah

    This was yet another fun tale of the Coders learning more code in order to take down the evil Dr. One-Zero. In all honesty, I thought this was the final book in the series, so I was very much looking forward to them taking him down for good, so when I found out it wasn't the end of the story and the next book still needs to come out, I was a bit sad.

    That being said, the coding intensified and I learned more about repeats and variables and got a bit more lost than before, but I was entertained t

    This was yet another fun tale of the Coders learning more code in order to take down the evil Dr. One-Zero. In all honesty, I thought this was the final book in the series, so I was very much looking forward to them taking him down for good, so when I found out it wasn't the end of the story and the next book still needs to come out, I was a bit sad.

    That being said, the coding intensified and I learned more about repeats and variables and got a bit more lost than before, but I was entertained the whole time. I look forward to the next book coming out!

  • Shannon

    I had high expectations for this book, as I have loved all of Gene Luen Yang's past books (at least those I've read). Sadly, I was let down a little. 

    Check out my full review on my blog

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