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Eyes and Spies

How You're Tracked and Why You Should Know

By Tanya Lloyd Kyi
Illustrated by Belle Wuthrich
Interest Age: 10–13
Grade: 5–8
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RI.9-10.1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10

Reading Level: Lexile 990L
Hardcover : 9781554519118, 144 pages, March 2017 , 8.0" x 6.0"
Paperback : 9781554519101, 140 pages, March 2017 , 8.0" x 6.0"
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781554519125, 140 pages, March 2018
Rights sold: Korean, Spanish, French

Table of contents

Introduction: Eyes and Spies
Chapter 1: Hallway Monitors
Chapter 2: Home Sweet Home
Chapter 3: Street Sense
Chapter 4: Caught in the Web
Chapter 5: Shop ’Til You Drop Data
Chapter 6: Big Brother Bother
Conclusion: Drawing the Line
Further Reading
Selected Sources
About the Author and Illustrator


Who is watching you… and why?
Written for middle-grade and older readers, Eyes and Spies looks at the way information and data about us is collected and used by individuals, governments, companies, and organizations. Each chapter covers one aspect of the subject, from data collection to computer surveillance to personal privacy. Arguments for both increased security and increased privacy are offered, which encourages readers to think critically about issues and decide for themselves.
The book asks three simple questions: Who’s watching, and why? Where is the line between public and private? How can you keep your secrets to yourself? “Creepy Line” sidebars highlight controversial real-life scenarios and ask readers where they would set their own boundaries. Action Alerts encourage readers to find out more about how surveillance & data mining affects them.
Other topics include how students are tracked at school; cyberbullying, and cyber safety.
Colour illustrations and a dynamic design make this an enlightening and engaging read.


  • Short-listed, Canadian Children’s Literature Roundtables Information Book Awards finalist 2018
  • Winner, Montaigne Medal Award nomination 2018
  • Short-listed, Youth Science Book Award finalist, Science Writers and Communicators of Canada 2018
  • Commended, Green Book Festival Award 2017
  • Joint winner, VOYA Nonfiction Honor List 2018
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2017


“Although it’s written for kids . . .  every adult should get this book, read it tive times, and then read it aloud to every child in their life.”

- BC Bookworld, Summer/17

“This lively effort serves well as a revealing, thoughtful, and provocative introduction to a complex subject and alarming realities.” 

- Kirkus Reviews, 01/15/17

“This is a mind-broadening read and an excellent addition to library collections, containing intriguing facts and major topics that invite debate and critical analysis.” 

- Canadian Children’s Book News, Spring/17

“Accessible yet thought-provoking.” 

- Booklist, 03/15/17

“Highly engaging and eye-opening . . . “Valuable” is an understatement. A timely read on surveillance and mass data collection for public and school libraries.” 

- School Library Journal, 02/01/17

“Deserves a wide readership amongst pre-teens and young teens alike.”

- CM Reviews, 09/08/17

“A good informational resource and cautionary tale.”

- Youth Services Book Review, 06/08/19