Agent Asha: Mission Shark Bytes
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A former lawyer, techie and school counsellor, Sophie is an award-winning author and Founder of Bright Little Labs - a media company using stories to teach kids aged 3-11 about technology and coding. Their products have been voted as the Independent’s Top Coding Toy three years in a row.
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He is currently working on the graphic novel adaptations of Stuart Gibbs’ Spy School series, the first of which was published by Simon & Schuster New York in February 2022. I received a copy of Agent Asha: Mission Shark Bytes from Bright Little Labs/ Walker Books in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.
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In 2016 Sophie partnered with Walker Books to publish the first in a series of three children’s novels, Agent Asha: Mission Shark Bytes. The book follows a girl who becomes a top secret child spy and uses her coding ingenuity to defeat power hungry tech giants. It combines big ideas and puzzling questions into twist-y, turn-y STEM-themed adventures that teach kids the foundational skills of computer science: logic, sequencing and critical thinking. Anjan Sarkar is a British illustrator based in Sheffield, England. He graduated with a degree in Illustration & Animation from Manchester Metropolitan University. Since focusing on children’s illustration in 2015, he has created artwork for over 30 books. These include picture books, chapter books (for young and middle-grade readers) and graphic novels. Hello Yellow - 80 Books to Help Children Nurture Good Mental Health and Support With Anxiety and Wellbeing -
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Bright Little Labs’ founder Sophie Deen’s awards include the Barclays Start-Up Founder of the Year 2017, British Interactive Media Association Innovator 2017 and Computer Weekly’s “Most Influential Women in UK IT” 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Sophie was recently named Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the Year 2020 for London & East of England (in partnership with Starling Bank). Sophie worked at Code Club, alongside Google and the Department for Education, to help introduce the new coding curriculum in primary schools. She then worked on their international strategy in over 80 countries. Sophie believes wholeheartedly in the power of creativity, toilet humour and stories to inspire the next generation.
Agent Asha herself is an 11-year-old from Wembley, London, who has just been asked to join the largest spy agency in the world! She’s been shortlisted for the Royal Society’s Young People's Book Prize, the Little Rebels Award and is operating in over 80 countries. We would tell you more about her adventures, but we’ve been sworn to secrecy. Armistice Day: A Collection of Remembrance - Spark Interest and Educate Children about Historical Moments
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In 2020, he illustrated ‘Agent Asha: Shark Bytes’ by Sophie Dean, which was nominated for a Little Rebels Children’s Book Award and shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize in 2021. What an exciting book! I love the innovation behind it, such a great way to get the little ones more into coding, imaginative thinking and STEM! More so, I love that the main character is a young girl, too! It often feels like there hasn’t always been voices for young girls in STEM, so it’s great to see a book like this has been written! This encouraged us to think about what what spy gadgets we could come up with. By far our best invention was the SUPER MULTIPURPOSE BRACELET, what do you think?A lot of kids use computers and do coding at school so I think most people will enjoy this book because it's exciting, I would read more in the series. -- Ewan, 10 Years Old - Toppsta This is a great book for kids usually more interested in screens than books such as my son who was bouncing with enthusiasm with the idea that there is an app which links into a book. You can use the app as a bribe to get them to read, but the fact that the app features the book is a brilliant incentive anyway. We really enjoyed it and we’re looking forward to more Agent Asha adventures. A fantastic class novel, with a strong Asian female character, all about coding and computers with a sprinkling of fart jokes - what could be better? -- Sycamore Grove - Toppsta