"With a sharp eye toward the rising awareness of device addiction and a keen sense of wonder, McCulloch's tale is a feast for the imagination that celebrates women in STEM fields."--Publisher's Weekly, STARRED review
The Golden Compass meets the digital age! When a coding star enters an elite technology academy, she discovers a world of competition, intrigue, and family secrets--plus a robotic companion that isn't what it seems. Jinxed is the perfect middle grade book for girls and for kids 9-12 who are passionate about technology and coding.
Lacey Chu is a girl who codes. She has always dreamed of working as an engineer for MONCHA, the biggest tech firm in the world and the company behind the "baku"--a customizable "pet" with all the capabilities of a smartphone. But when Lacey is rejected by the elite academy that promises that future, she's crushed.
One night, Lacey comes across the broken form of a highly advanced baku. After she repairs it, the cat-shaped baku she calls Jinx opens its eyes and somehow gets her into her dream school. But Jinx is different than any other baku she's ever seen...He seems real.
As Lacey settles into life at school, competing with the best students in a battle of the bakus that tests her abilities, she learns that Jinx is part of a dangerous secret. Can Lacey hold on to Jinx and her dreams for the future?
"I raced through this book...a little bit Golden Compass and all adventure."--Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author
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"McCulloch's riveting tale will speak to children interested in STEM as well as any reader interested in intelligent, rapidly paced sf mysteries." - Booklist
"[A] vividly imagined Toronto-set middle grade series opener intertwines smartphone technology with the hallmarks of classic science fiction via a fun, insightful narrative and bright voice...With a sharp eye toward the rising awareness of device addiction and a keen sense of wonder, McCulloch's tale is a feast for the imagination that celebrates women in STEM fields." - Publishers Weekly
"An enjoyable read with just enough genuine friendship and suspense to draw readers in." - School Library Journal
"This is a swift moving story that takes the time needed to develop its characters and relationships to the point where readers will genuinely care about the outcome...Recommended." - School Library Connection
"Readers will cling to the edge of their seats." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books