The New Girl Code: Launch of a Fashion App
Tumi Letsatsi is a 13-year old melanin kween living in Rondebosch, Cape Town. Her favourite colour is yellow, she's still trying to figure out how not to dent her afro on the bus, and how one goes about (ahem!) “french kissing”. She’s a little awkward and a lot uncertain about her future, friendships and how to put together a cool outfit! But then she stumbles across the magic of coding and creates an app called “Project Prep” that goes viral and rockets her and her friends to fame. Then everything starts to fall apart, as she deals with a catfish who befriends her and steals her code, nasty rumours at school and the newfound attention of a crush.
The New Girl Code (by Niki Smit, locally edited by Buhle Ngaba) is about the wonders of working in tech, aimed at girls and young women aged 9-15. The project is an initiative of Inspiring Fifty and based on an idea by Janneke Niessen. Discover more information on The New Girl Code.
Specs: a teen novel, softcover, 328 pages, ISBN 978-0-6399343-7-2
I am so excited! I have shown the book to everybody I know. The eye-catching cover, the wonderful writing of Buhle Ngaba and the inspirational stories which lay inside about learning to code. The journey of Tumi and her friends in technology are really great. The book is amazing.
'The New Girl Code' provides a new key entry-point of interest for many generations of young women to enter into the computing, computer science, IT and technology fields. Through 'The New Girl Code', I believe there will be an amazing stream of young women to enter into technology in a fun, interactive and hands on way. Thank you for making the investment into the education of young South African Women, and to young women all around the world, for they are the future and the keys to global development lie with them.
Written much in the same vein as the 'Spud' novels, 'The New Girl Code' is a hilarious tale for tween and teen girls to discover... capturing what coming-of-age in South Africa for girls is like, and celebrating women in the tech world in a fresh way.