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Eyes and Spies - How You're Tracked and Why You Should Know

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:

Hardcover : 9781554519118, 144 pages, March 2017 , 8" x 6"
Paperback : 9781554519101, 144 pages, March 2017 , 8" x 6"
Rights sold: Korean, Spanish, French

Table of contents

ContentsIntroduction: Eyes and SpiesChapter 1: Hallway MonitorsChapter 2: Home Sweet HomeChapter 3: Street SenseChapter 4: Caught in the WebChapter 5: Shop ’Til You Drop DataChapter 6: Big Brother BotherConclusion: Drawing the LineFurther ReadingSelected SourcesIndexAbout 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

AWARDS won & REVIEW QUOTES for other books by Tanya Lloyd Kyi:Extreme Battlefields…”unusual of theme and gratifyingly broad of both historical and geographical scope—Kirkus Reviews, 02/17/16“High interest and thorough, it will delight military-history buffs. ”Booklist on-line, 05/01/16Green Book Festival Award2017 Rocky Mountain Book Award nominationDNA Detective“This enticing and informative book doesn’t shy away from ethics and controversy …”—The Booklist Reader, 05/18/16Best Bets List, Top Ten, Ontario Library AssociationBest Books for Kids & Teens 2016, Canadian Children’s Book CentreScience in Society Book Award finalist, Canadian Science Writers’ AssociationInformation Book Award finalist, Children’s Literature Roundtables of CanadaRed Cedar Award finalist, B. C.When the Worst Happens“ … a thrilling, well-sourced book, ideal for research or for browsing. ”—School Library Journal, 08/14“Kyi’s fresh voice will have readers picturing themselves in the shoes of these real-life survivors. ”—Kirkus Reviews, 08/20/14Silver Birch Award, Honour Book, Ontario Library Association2016 Rocky Mountain Book Award finalistGolden Oak Award nomination, Ontario Library Association

“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

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

- Kirkus Reviews, 01/15/17

“Accessible yet thought-provoking. ” 

- Booklist, 03/15/17

“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

“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