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How You’re Tracked and Why You Should Know

by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
illustrated by Belle Wuthrich

Green Book Festival Award, Honorable Mention Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Montaigne Medal Award Information Book Award, Honor Book, Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada VOYA Nonfiction Honor List Youth Science Book Award finalist, Science Writers and Communicators of Canada

Who is watching you . . . and why?

Social media and the internet are great for sharing information, meeting new friends, and exchanging points of view. But they also make it very easy to find out everything about you—including things you may not want others to know. This 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?

Eyes and Spies looks at the way information and data is collected and used by individuals, governments, companies, and organizations. Each chapter covers one aspect of the subject, from data collection to computer surveillance and personal privacy. Arguments for both increased security and increased privacy are offered, encouraging readers to think critically about the issues. “Creepy Line” sidebars highlight controversial real-life scenarios, often involving youth. “Action Alert” entries explain how to find out more about the implications of surveillance and data mining. Other topics include how students are tracked at school, cyberbullying, and online safety.


“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, 02/17

“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

“Deserves a wide readership amongst pre-teens and young teens alike.”
—CM Reviews, 09/08/17

“Accessible yet thought-provoking.”
—Booklist, 03/15/17

“Although it’s written for kids . . . every adult should get this book, read it five times, and then read it aloud to every child in their life.”
—BC Bookworld, Summer/17

“A good informational resource and cautionary tale.”
—Youth Services Book Review, 06/08/19


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