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Jinxed

by (author) Amy McCulloch

Publisher
Sourcebooks
Initial publish date
Dec 2020
Category
General
  • Downloadable audio file

    ISBN
    9781471176906
    Publish Date
    Aug 2018
    List Price
    $13.99 USD
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781728216379
    Publish Date
    Dec 2020
    List Price
    $11.99
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781492683742
    Publish Date
    Jan 2020
    List Price
    $23.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7

Description

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.

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?

Jinxed is the perfect...

middle grade book for girls who are passionate about coding

summer reading chapter book for kids 9-12

science fiction book for kids 9-12

engineer academy book

robot book for kids

"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, STARRED review

"I raced through this book...a little bit Golden Compass and all adventure."—Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author

About the author

Amy McCulloch is a Canadian author and freelance editor. Her debut fantasy adventure novel, The Oathbreaker's Shadow, was published in 2013 and was longlisted for the Branford Boase Award for best UK debut children's book.The Potion Diaries series, written under Amy Alward, was an international success and was selected for the Zoella Book Club in 2016. Amy lives life in a continual search for adventure, coffee and really great books. 
Visit her at www.amyalward.co.uk or on Twitter @amymcculloch

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