Book Spotlight: Click'd

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Posted: April 5, 2019

Category: Staff Picks

ClickAllie created an app called Click’d as her entry in Games for Good, a coding competition. Once users start the app and answer a series of questions, it matches them with other app users in a top-ten leaderboard. Using a hot-cold approach, it guides the people together until they realize who they’ve been matched with. When they tap their phones, it updates their leaderboards with the person they’ve found, and prompts them to take a selfie.

Click’d seems like a great way for people to get to know others, especially those with common interests, but Allie wants to take a cautious approach and limit its use to a close circle of friends. However, when her app is placed in direct comparison with one made by Nathan, Allie’s rival and competitor in Games for Good, she allows everyone to use the app.

The user numbers explode and Allie’s app takes over the school. Students gleefully ignore the prohibition on phones during school hours to seek out others on their leaderboards.

But then a problem happens. Allie designed the app to use photos from the Instagram accounts owned by the app’s users (because those photos are already intended to be shared publicly), but then Click’d starts sharing its users’ private photos as well, including an embarrassing screenshot of Allie’s friend admitting a crush she has on a classmate.

Can Allie fix the app? Can she fix her relationships with her friends? Will Click’d win the Games for Good competition?

Click’d and its sequel Swap'd by Tamara Stone are shelved upstairs in the juvenile fiction section of the Children’s Department.

If you enjoy Click’d, you may also enjoy Genie Wishes by Elisabeth Dahl.  Genie is elected to handle her grade five class blog.  Over the course of the school year, she has to handle requests for inappropriate blog topics and deal with a rival blog. Genie Wishes is also shelved in the juvenile fiction section.

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