Hacking the Code: The Ziggety Zaggety Road of a D-Kid by Gea Meijering and illustrated by Mads Johan Ogaard (iCare Press) is a fun middle grade novel that highlights the adventures of lovable Kees and his best friend as they navigate school, friendships, and the ups and downs of life as fifth graders. The author, Gea Meijering, is a writer, mother of a dyslexic son, and special education advocate. Mads Johan Ogaard is an illustrator, animator and special education teacher.
Meijering’s prose is fresh and it sparkles, and Ogaard’s illustrations add much to this spirited book. The creators bring the reader into Kees’ world and help all readers connect to this story. Additionally, Hacking the Code provides test questions at the end that readers can do, and there is a free lesson plan and activity guide available at www.icarepress.com.
Most importantly, young readers will understand what it is like to be dyslexic, as well enjoy Kees’ journey to finding himself as he struggles with reading and writing. Children with learning differences will discover that they can see themselves in Kees, as he learns and grows in self-acceptance. This is a must read that speaks to all with learning differences, and it will also be treasured by parents, teachers, and caregivers as well…a wonderful addition to any library collection, home or school.
Disclaimer: This book was #gifted to review for MCBD. Thank you to MCBD’s medallion and author sponsors. #ReadYourWorld