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Young Adult Nonfiction Politics & Government

Eyes and Spies

How You're Tracked and Why You Should Know

by (author) Tanya Lloyd Kyi

illustrated by Belle Wuthrich

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2017
Politics & Government, Media Studies, Bullying
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    Publish Date
    Mar 2017
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    Publish Date
    Mar 2017
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    Publish Date
    Mar 2018
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 5 to 8
  • Reading age: 10 to 13


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.

About the authors


Tanya Lloyd Kyi has written over fifteen books of fiction and nonfiction for middle-grade and young-adult readers, including many award winners. Her recent titles for Annick Press include Extreme Battlefields: When War Meets the Forces of Nature (2016), DNA Detective (2015), and When the Worst Happens: Extraordinary Stories of Survival (2014). Tanya lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and two children.


Tanya Lloyd Kyi's profile page

Belle Wuthrich is an illustrator and designer specializing in books for young readers. Based in Vancouver, Belle has contributed to more than a dozen books for kids, a number of which have won awards or been republished internationally, including the Montaigne Medal Award–winning Eyes and Spies: How You’re Tracked and Why You Should Know and the Silver Birch Award nominee Eat Up: An Infographic Exploration of Food.

Belle Wuthrich's profile page


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

Editorial Reviews

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, 05/01/16

Green Book Festival Award 2017 Rocky Mountain Book Award nomination

DNA Detective “This enticing and informative book doesn’t shy away from ethics and controversy …” —The Booklist Reader, 05/18/16 Best Bets List, Top Ten, Ontario Library Association Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Science in Society Book Award finalist, Canadian Science Writers’ Association Information Book Award finalist, Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Red 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, 08/20/14

Silver Birch Award, Honour Book, Ontario Library Association 2016 Rocky Mountain Book Award finalist Golden Oak Award nomination, Ontario Library Association

“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

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

CM Reviews, 09/08/17

“Accessible yet thought-provoking.” 

Booklist, 03/15/17

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

Kirkus Reviews, 01/15/17

“A good informational resource and cautionary tale.”

Youth Services Book Review, 06/08/19

“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

Other titles by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

Other titles by Belle Wuthrich