Agent Asha: Mission Shark Bytes

Illustrator: Anjan Sarkar

Binding: Paperback

Imprint: Walker Books

Book 1 of Agent Asha Series

Age 9+

Science & Technology: General Interest Adventure Stories Humorous Stories

Computer code just got dangerous in this action-packed spy adventure series

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.


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. 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.
Anjan Sarkar studied illustration at Manchester Metropolitan University, then worked as a barista, barman, document scanner, online content developer, graphic designer and now, freelance illustrator. Anjan works from a little studio in his home in Sheffield, where he lives with his wife and two young children.


fast paced and quite clever with humorous spy tropes

CBCA: Reading Time

Sophie Deen has created an intelligent, brave — and a bit of a reckless character — in Asha.

Reading Time

A funny, engaging and action-packed adventure, Mission Shark Bytes will surely find an audience with primary aged STEM fans, male and female


What an exciting book! I love the innovation behind it, such a great way to get the little ones more into coding, imaginative thinking and STEM! More so, I love that the main character is a young girl, too! It often feels like there hasn’t always been voices for young girls in STEM, so it’s great to see a book like this has been written!

Bookish Brooklyn

This was such an amazing read. It celebrates girls in STEM. I wish there was books like this when I was younger. To see women being powerful in science and spy work instead of only giving me fairy and fashion, which as important but a variety would have been nice. ?

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