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.
Asha Joshi has the perfect excuse not to finish her homework. She’s just been recruited to join the top-secret Children’s Spy Agency. Her first mission: SAVE THE WORLD. Can she do it? Asha’s a coder so she should be able to hack into the biggest tech company in the world, fight deadly sharks and figure out why the Internet has stopped working. All before bedtime. Easy, right? The story is a great way to engage young readers in coding, critical-thinking and STEM. It is mapped onto key National Curriculum Computing KS1 and KS2 concepts including algorithms, conditionals and debugging. Illustrated by Anjan Sarkar.
‘First in a new series blending science, technology, engineering and maths with deadly adventure.’ – Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
‘Agent Asha is perfect for teaching children aged 7+ about coding, Internet safety and critical thinking, without compromising on pace, plot, humour or excitement.’ – Authorfy