Spotlight on Day Zero (Kelly DeVos), Plus Guest Post & Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to spotlight Day Zero (Kelly DeVos).
Read on for more about Kelly, a guest post, plus a giveaway!
Meet Kelly DeVos!
Kelly deVos is from Gilbert, Arizona, where she lives with her high school sweetheart husband, amazing teen daughter and superhero dog, Cocoa. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Arizona State University. When not reading or writing, Kelly can typically be found with a mocha in hand, bingeing the latest TV shows and adding to her ever-growing sticker collection. Her debut novel, Fat Girl on a Plane, named one of the "50 Best Summer Reads of All Time" by Reader's Digest magazine, is available now from HarperCollins.
Kelly's work has been featured in the New York Times as well as on Salon, Vulture and Bustle.
Meet Day Zero!
If you’re going through hell…keep going.
Seventeen-year-old coder Jinx Marshall grew up spending weekends drilling with her paranoid dad for a doomsday she's sure will never come. She's an expert on self-heating meal rations, Krav Maga and extracting water from a barrel cactus. Now that her parents are divorced, she's ready to relax. Her big plans include making it to level 99 in her favorite MMORPG and spending the weekend with her new hunky stepbrother, Toby.
But all that disaster training comes in handy when an explosion traps her in a burning building. Stuck leading her headstrong stepsister, MacKenna, and her precocious little brother, Charles, to safety, Jinx gets them out alive only to discover the explosion is part of a pattern of violence erupting all over the country. Even worse, Jinx’s dad stands accused of triggering the chaos.
In a desperate attempt to evade paramilitary forces and vigilantes, Jinx and her siblings find Toby and make a break for Mexico. With seemingly the whole world working against them, they’ve got to get along and search for the truth about the attacks—and about each other. But if they can survive, will there be anything left worth surviving for?
~ Guest Post ~
5 Resources to Help Girls Get Coding
By Kelly deVos, author of Day Zero and Fat Girl on a Plane
A few years ago, my now teen daughter got started coding in a First Lego League at her school. At one of the events, the club organizer mentioned that that there’s an enormous drop off in interest in coding as girls hit the teen years. This translates into decreased participation in computer science careers.
So, while writing DAY ZERO, creating a strong STEM protagonist was something very important to me. In the book, Jinx Marshall is the daughter of a noted computer science professor. She’s worked hard to become a highly adept programmer. She uses her coding skills to help her survive the breakdown of society.
If you’re a teen (or know a teen), who wants to get started coding, here are a few resources that can help.
- Creative Coding in Python: 30+ Programming Projects in Art, Games, and More
By Sheena Vaidyanathan
Earlier this week, Python toppled Java to become the second most popular programming language. Python is often considered a great learning language for those getting started in programming. It’s free, open source, fairly intuitive, not heavy on jargon and has tons of online resources available to help new coders get going. This highly rated book teaches the essentials of Python programming using fun projects. Projects include how to code your own geometric art, how to create your own dice game and, for coders who are also bookworms, make your own interactive fiction game.
- Adafruit Box
I recommend this for anyone who wants to get into coding. This subscription box is $60 and ships every three months. Each box contains the supplies needed to complete a gender-neutral project generally in an afternoon or less. My teen daughter has completed projects including a programmable dancing robot, an animated LCD eyeglass lens, Python and Raspberry Pi gaming devices and even a lock pick kit. Each project has step-by-step instructions that can be downloaded from the Ada website. The projects help new coders to understand the connection between hardware and software and develop skills that can be used in more complicated projects.
- Girls Who Code and First Lego League
Girls Who Code is a nonprofit organization founded by Reshma Saujani with the goal of increasing the representation of women in computer science occupations. Many high schools and communities have Girls Who Code clubs where girls can meet, network and work cooperatively on projects. Visit their website to see if there is a club in your area.
For younger teens (the max. age is 16), check out First Lego League. In this program, kids work together to build Lego robots and compete in themed-based challenges. This was my daughter’s first experience with programming. Her FLL programmed robots that could move blocks and successfully navigate a maze. Visit their website to see if there is a league in your area.
- Find a Maker Lab in your area
Sometimes attached to universities and sometimes run by private groups, maker spaces are meetup locations where people can gather to work cooperatively on technology projects. Maker spaces often have tools and equipment, like 3D printers, that can be used during defined hours. Arizona State University, the major college in my area, runs an excellent maker space for students and has a WTF (Womxn, Trans and Femme) Maker Night once a month.
For non-college student, many communities have privately run maker spaces. In my area, HeatSync Labs regularly runs public tours and has events perfect for teens. Last year, for example, they ran a Coded Gingerbread House night where teens were given a gingerbread kit and challenged to come up with a design that included programmable LCD lights. Prizes were awarded and the activity.
Google “Maker Spaces” to determine if there is a location in your area. Be sure and check the space’s policies regarding cost, public access and rules before heading out.
Please note that teens should always exercise extreme caution with personally identifying information online, consult with parents before joining any group and take an adult to any new or unfamiliar spaces.
Kat and Meg Conquer the World
By Anna Priemaza
When you’re ready to take a break from your Python programming, curl up with a copy of this 2017 book about two gamer girls and their rocky but sometimes hilarious road to becoming best friends. Follow Kat and Meg as they bond over a shared love of the video game Legends of the Sword and a shared science project. There’s so much love for gaming culture here and Kat and Meg are sure to become some of your favorite fans.
Author: Kelly DeVos
Publishing Date: November 12th, 2019
Publisher: Inkyard Press
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I LOOOOVE this book. And the cover, but the insides are even better! I read an eARC but I really would love to have a physical copy, it is one of my favorites of the year! Thanks so much for the chance!