by McCulloch, Amy, 1986-

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The Golden Compassmeets 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?

Jinxedis 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."--Publisher's Weekly, STARRED review

"I raced through this book...a little bit Golden Compassand all adventure."--Amie Kaufman, New York Timesbestselling author

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Kid-genius Lacey Chu is determined to join the Profectus Academy of Science and Technology in her quest for a career developing bakus, robotic animal companions with the utility of a smartphone. A disappointing rejection seems to end her dream, until she comes upon a broken-down, black-cat baku named Jinx. After she repairs it, her newfound pet somehow gets her into the school, and the mysteries grow from there. Readers will find in Lacey a lovable underdog with resourcefulness, imagination, and undeniable chutzpah. With her considerable skill, she's a force to be reckoned with one that even the looming, all-powerful Moncha Corp., creators of the baku, can't predict. As Lacey unravels dark secrets, she learns the importance of loyalty, how to adjust to new friendships, and how far to pursue a dream that means hurting others along the way. McCulloch's riveting tale will speak to children interested in STEM as well as any reader interested in intelligent, rapidly paced sf mysteries.--Stephanie Cohen Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "McCulloch's (The Oathbreaker's Shadow) 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. Lacey Chu, 12, lives with her mother in a "corporate mini city" that's grown up around the campus of Moncha Corp., developer of baku--robotic companions that blend companionship with smartphone utility. Her dream is to begin seventh grade at the highly competitive, corporate-run Profectus Academy with an eye toward becoming a baku creator like her father, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Lacey is rejected despite excellent mechanical and coding skills, but when she rescues a nonfunctioning, battered baku--a cat that she names Jinx--she's suddenly admitted. After spending the summer repairing Jinx, she joins Profectus's hypercompetitive world, navigating friendships, social changes, academic excellence, and her decidedly and uncharacteristically headstrong baku. 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. Ages 8--12. Agent: Molly Ker Hawn, the Bent Agency. (Jan.)"
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Subjects catreq 12/19/19 cp
Publisher Naperville, IL:2020
Description 328 pages; 22 cm.
ISBN 9781492683742
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