Lauren Ipsum: A Story About Computer Science and Other Improbable Things

By Carlos Bueno

"Positive, clever, empowering philosophies and considering talents couched in a wacky adventure." —Kirkus studies (Starred Review)

Lauren Ipsum is a fantastic trip via a land the place good judgment and laptop technological know-how come to life.

Meet Lauren, an adventurer misplaced in Userland who must locate her manner domestic by means of fixing a sequence of puzzles. As she visits locations just like the Push & Pop Café and makes neighbors with humans like Hugh Rustic and the Wandering Salesman, Lauren learns approximately machine technology with out even figuring out it—and so do you!

Read Lauren Ipsum your self or with a person littler than you, then turn to the notes behind the booklet to benefit extra approximately good judgment and computing device technological know-how within the actual world.

"Filled with wit and wordplay, Lauren Ipsum is a full of life and well timed advent to computing basics that properly avoids declaring desktops altogether." —Cory Doctorow for BoingBoing

"A having a look glass story for the pc age." —School Library Journal

"Lauren Ipsum is a part of a far higher circulate that seeks to carry programming talents to, good, everyone." —Wired

"Captures the spirit of challenge fixing and ignites readers' imaginations...introduces boys and girls to desktop technological know-how —and to a brand new state of mind and challenge solving." —Sheryl Sandberg, fb COO and writer of Lean In

"A fantastical trip into the twenty first century tech 'Wonderland' that either educates and entertains." —Ruthe Farmer, leader procedure & progress Officer, nationwide middle for girls & IT

Suggested for a long time 10 and up

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A form got here towards her out of the darkness. used to be it an indignant spirit? A dire beast? “Argot! ” the creature stated. It used to be like a mouse-dog, or a dogmouse. that's to assert, it used to be the scale of a puppy, however it seemed extra like a mouse. It walked correct as much as Laurie and commenced nuzzling her hand in a truly un-beast-like approach. “Aw, you’re so pleasant! ” Laurie acknowledged, in a slightly un-ninja-like model. “Repl! ” it acknowledged, because it positioned a webbed foot on her knee. “You’re a funny-looking factor, aren’t you? What’s your identify, huh? What should still I name you? ” “Argot! ” “Okay, I’ll name you Argot. Are you hungry? What do . . . such things as you consume? ” She provided it a few peanuts. “Snarfl! ” it snarfled, consuming out of her hand. “Hey, little guy,” she acknowledged, tickling its chin, “you don’t know how again to Hamilton, do you? ” “Hamilton! ” it acknowledged excitedly. “You do be aware of a manner? ” “Lalr! ” it lalred, tongue placing out. “So the place is it? ” “Isit! ” it acknowledged. “I suggest, how do i am getting there? ” “Gether! ” it replied. “You’re simply repeating what I’m asserting, aren’t you? ” “Arentyou! ” it acknowledged. 2  Chapter zero “That’s what i presumed. Animals can’t speak. ” So now I’m misplaced, Laurie suggestion to herself. How do i am getting unlost? She remembered whatever approximately moss turning out to be at the north aspect of bushes. There wasn’t any moss, in order that used to be out. The solar rises within the east and units within the west. It was once past due morning, and the sunlight was once virtually overhead. No aid there both. She wandered round, flipping her fortunate pink poker chip. If the chip landed on heads, she walked to the left for it slow. If it landed on tails, she walked to the ideal for it slow. “Burble . . . ” Argot waddled at the back of her, making nonsense noises. “No, don’t stick with me, Argot. Shoo! ” “Bitblit? ” “I such as you, yet I’m no longer allowed to have a puppy. Or a mouse, or a dog-mouse, or no matter what you're. move alongside now—go domestic! ” it doesn't matter what she stated, the gruesome little factor wouldn’t hand over. It appeared keen to keep on with Laurie all of the method to . . . anywhere she used to be going. possibly if I watch for the celebrities to return out, she concept to herself. No, that’s foolish. I don’t be aware of which stars are which! “Frobit! ” one other creature like Argot, yet larger, got here out of the underbrush. It attempted to lick her face. “Ugh, your breath stinks! ” “Wibble! ” a 3rd creature got here up from at the back of and butted its head opposed to her. “Whoops! hi to you, too. ” “Tanstaafl! ” “Zork! ” extra creatures have been coming from all instructions. The noise used to be getting louder. 4  Chapter zero “Uh,” Laurie uhhed. “Parsec! ” “Wurfl! ” “Lilo! ” Argot’s acquaintances have been not simply nuzzling. They have been crowding throughout her, pushing and shouting. She was once being mobbed. Laurie panicked and ran. the crowd of creatures howled and chased after her. “Nyquist! ” “Quux! ” “Fifo! ” She might slightly remain on her toes, operating in the course of the tangled underbrush, yet she used to be too afraid to decelerate. Her break out was once blocked by means of a tall eco-friendly hedge that stretched in either instructions. as soon as upon a time it could possibly were a part of a backyard, yet now it was once wild and disorderly. Laurie squeezed her approach via a spot within the hedge and saved working till she idea she used to be secure.

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