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The Golden Compass for the digital age in this story of a coding star and her robotic companion that isn't what it seems.

Lacey Chu has always dreamed of working as an engineer for MONCHA, the biggest tech firm in the world and the company behind the "baku"―a customizable "pet" with all the capabilities of a smartphone. But when Lacey is rejected by the elite academy that promises that future, she's crushed.

One night, Lacey comes across the broken form of a highly advanced baku. After Lacey repairs it, the cat-shaped baku she calls Jinx opens its eyes and somehow gets her into her dream school. But Jinx is different than any other baku she's ever seen...He seems real.

As Lacey settles into life at school, competing with the best students in a battle of the bakus that tests her abilities, she learns that Jinx is part of a dangerous secret. Can Lacey hold on to Jinx and her dreams for the future?

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published on January 7, 2020 by Sourcebooks Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1492683744
ISBN-13: 9781492683742
28 Book Reviews
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  • savv0100
    savv0100Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 5:18 pm55 stars
    I've watched an animated movie about the future on something exactly like this. 7th grader Lacy Chu dreams of becoming a companier for Moncha, a company that created Baku a robotic animal pet that everyone loves and has. Lacy tried to get into Profectus but she was declined, which made her very upset. One day she went down to a ravine looking for her friend's Baku who had fallen in. She finds something cool taking apart the Baku trying to fix it but, you have to find that out yourself. Soon after, she gets an email saying she was excepted into Profectus! What she found was really interesting, but she decided to take it to the next level. Lacy tries to keep what she created a secret at Profectus, but it's not as simple as it seems. My connection to this book is I love to create random things with the weirdest supplies which is what definitely went on in this book.
    • selina
      selinaSunday, January 5, 2020 at 3:48 pm55 stars
      Jinxed is such an amazing book. It follows the life of Lacey Chu, our main character. Lacey always wanted to get into this elite, prestigious academy so that she can be a worker for MONCHA the biggest tech firm in the world for bakes which are customizable pets with all the capabilities of a smartphone. After being rejected from the school promising her future, she stumbles upon a highly advanced cat shaped baku. After repairing it, she calls it Jinx and it helps her get into her dream school. Soon after becoming accustomed to school life, she finds out the dangerous secret behind Jinx, which forces her to choose between her baku and her future.
      • Karma Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 12:22 pm
        Really cool and really very good
        • readingkendal
          readingkendalTuesday, December 31, 2019 at 8:31 am55 starsFeatured
          In the small town of "Monchaville" where the MONCHA HQ is, bakus are the thing and Profectus Academy is the school. 7th grader Lacy Chu, dreams of becoming a companioneer for Moncha, the company that created the baku, a robotic animal pet that is well known, but when her acceptance to Profectus is turned down, she is wrecked. One day, when she is down in a ravine looking for her friend's baku, who had fallen in, she finds a pile of metal which she figures she can use for spare parts to aide her tinkering hobby. But later, when she is starting to take it apart she makes an amazing discovery, a face. And to her surprise, later she gets a email accepting her into Profectus. As she starts to fix her metal face findings, she fixes it back into a high level cat baku. Life at Profectus is crazy, especially with a definitely not obedient cat baku she names Jinx and getting picked for a baku battle team. This is a must read book, and I just had to get past a little slowish part in the beginning and then I was hooked (same thing with a small part in the second half)! Recomendend for anyone who love STEM, Technology, battling, and mystery.
          • yc428498
            yc428498Friday, December 27, 2019 at 7:27 am55 stars
            I like the summary, but what is a baku, if I may ask?
            • readingkendal
              readingkendalTuesday, December 31, 2019 at 8:06 am55 stars
              A baku is basically a robotic pet, but can be any animal.
            • RanjanThursday, December 26, 2019 at 8:14 pm
              I am excited
              • Aquarius Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 12:45 pm
                I think this book sounds interesting and I really want to know what jinx is hiding I'm just not sure what a baku is
                • readingkendal
                  readingkendalTuesday, December 31, 2019 at 8:06 am55 stars
                  Bakus are robotic animal pets.
                • belle252
                  belle252Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 6:16 pm55 stars
                  This is a really good book and very hard to put down after you start reading. Jinxed is about a girl named Lacey who dreams of being a companioneer for MONCHA Corp. . The only way to achieve that is to get into Profectus Academy, but when she finds out she has been rejected to go into her dream school she is devastated. Lacey has also always wanted a baku (which is like a phone but a also a pet) but she can not afford a very good one so she has to get a level one beetle. One day she falls into a ravine and finds a piece of junk, but it has a face. Lacey brings it home and realizes its a baku but its incomplete it does not have a body or anything just code.She figures someone was in the middle of working on it. Over the summer Lacey works on it as hard as she can, and it works in the end but her Baku is like no other it has a mind of its own, it does what it wants to. Lacey just thinks its a problem in the way she put it together, or its code, but she soon finds out it much more than just that. This is an amazing book by an author who has really good ideas. I would totally recommend reading this book no matter what genre you prefer.
                  • fatima_rSaturday, December 21, 2019 at 7:29 am
                    I haven't read this book but it seems like a really good book and hopefully some day I will be able to read it.
                    • SamaavarthaFriday, December 20, 2019 at 4:55 pm
                      Very nice