Gaming, Going Viral and Getting It Done

RoleAuthor, Coding Workshop Creator + Facilitator, Public SpeakerDate 2017

Following Tampon Run, my co-creator and I wrote Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral and Getting It Done for HaperCollins to encourage readers to speak out about topics they care about and learn to code. 

The book details our experience building the game, interweaving our challenges and learnings through it. When it came out in 2017, we went on a book tour across the US, gave talks and held coding workshops at schools, bookstores and book fairs.

The book received extensive positive reviews and appeared on many “Best Book” lists including the Junior Library Guild, New York Public Library, Texas Librarian Association, National Science Teachers Association, Children’s Book Council. It’s been translated into Japanese and Polish and made into an audio book, which we voiced.

“[Andrea and Sophie's] intelligence, humanity, creativity, seriousness of purpose, and humor will stick with readers, and inspire them.”Publishers Weekly

“Brilliantly funny... Readers seeking a factual title about enterprising teens creating solutions to social problems will find Andrea and Sophie's story inspirational” Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Gonzales's and Houser's writing styles are conversational and work well to dispel the aura of inaccessibility that often surrounds works on technology… Inspiring and hopeful; a great addition to libraries with novice and expert coders alike”School Library Journal

“Tech-centered empowerment for those who feel voiceless.”Kirkus Reviews

“A good text to add to STEM shelves needing female-centered information.” Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

“Set against the backdrop of coding camp, Girl Code is the story of two teen girls who create a viral video game and become famous—except this story isn't fiction.” (from the article “ 10 Books About Coding to Inspire Girls to Lead the Next Tech Revolution”) — Brightly