Book Review: Emmy in the Key of Code

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Apr 15 · 2 min read

By Neena Wittemyer, 5th grade

Cover graphic of Emmy & Abigail working on their laptops.

Upcoming novel Emmy in the Key of Code was an amazing book that encourages girls to code, shows what it’s like to be the new kid, and shows how teachers are inspiring and supportive.

In the book it talks about how Emmy doesn’t know how to fit in at school. Should she join choir (but she has an awful voice), should she join computer coding (she doesn’t know how and she thinks it’s for geeks), should she join cooking, or try out for the school play?

Emmy joins the coding class and she is able to make music through coding. She loves the flow of writing code and it reminds her of songs. She also makes friends through the coding class including Abigail and Ms. Delaney.

She loves the flow of writing code and it reminds her of songs.

Author Aimee Lucido describes Emmy, Abigail and Ms. Delany (who are characters in the book) in such a wonderful way that you will not be able to put the book down.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes coding or wants to learn how to code, or likes ‘candy-apple red lipstick’, poetry, or music. I learned that anybody can code even if you have no experience doing it.


Neena is a 5th grader who loves reading, playing soccer, tennis, and the piano. She also loves math and science.

Aimee Lucido is the author of the upcoming novel, EMMY IN THE KEY OF CODE (Versify, September 24, 2019). She’s a software engineer, and she earned her MFA in writing for children and young adults at Hamline University. She lives with her husband in San Francisco where she likes to bake, run marathons, and write crossword puzzles.

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