Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 10 to 18
- Grade: 5 to 12
A Banksy-style protest against cameras in classrooms brings a group of middle-grade students together. For fans of Rebecca Stead, Susin Nielsen and Gordon Korman.
Dominica's private school is covered in cameras, and someone is hacking into them and posting embarrassing moments for the whole school to see. Like Ana picking her nose. When Dominica quickly changes her shirt from inside out in what she thinks is the privacy of a quiet corner in the library, she's shocked -- and embarrassed -- to discover a video has captured this and is currently circulating amongst her schoolmates. So mortifying, especially since over the past three years, they've had a half-dozen school talks about social media safety.
Who has access to the school security cameras and why are they doing this? Dominica and her best friends, Holden and Saanvi, are determined to find out, and in the process start an art-based student campaign against cameras in the classroom.
About the author
Tanya Lloyd Kyi claims to be a peaceful and non-threatening person, despite having written three books about fire and one about poison. She has never set a building aflame, handled dynamite, or intentionally poisoned anyone … although a suspicious number of friends did have stomachaches after eating her Christmas party meatballs one year.Tanya writes both fiction and non-fiction, often choosing topics related to science, pop culture, or social history—or a combination of the three. She enjoys combining factual research with intriguing narratives, or the life stories of interesting folks.Tanya began her writing “career” as a poet in high school, producing pages and pages of really bad poems that her mother adored. Her love of writing led to the University of Victoria, where she took creative writing and English. Tanya’s early writing jobs were as a newspaper reporter and brochure writer for the government. She also worked as a dishwasher, busgi
- Nominated, Rocky Mountain Book Award
- Nominated, Chocolate Lily Award
- Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards
- Short-listed, National Chapter IODE Violet Downey Award
- Nominated, Surrey Schools Book of the Year
- Short-listed, Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize
The Mystery Writers of America, 2021 Edward Awards, Best Juvenile Mystery (Nominated)
A Canadian Children's Book Centre Reading List Pick, May 2020
One of CCBC’s Best Books for Kids and Teens Fall 2020
One of the Ontario Library Association's 2020 Best Bets selection (Honourable Mention, Junior Fiction category)
PRAISE FOR Me and Banksy:
“As incisive as it is funny, Me and Banksy offers strongly drawn characters and sharp insights about protest, victimization, and the precarious nature of surveillance.” --STARRED REVIEW, Quill & Quire
“Kyi . . . examines the large and small impacts of living in a surveillance society, but her faith in youth and art makes this story anything but dystopian.” --Publishers Weekly
“Me and Banksy is engaging, well-plotted, and ultimately thought-provoking novel." --CM Reviews
“Kyi tackles the use of cameras and social media bullying in high schools, showing how friendship, art and self-empowerment save the day.” --BC Bookworld Magazine
“Me and Banksy may be preoccupied with the day's technological toys, but it puts in the foreground a timeless concern: teen angst.” --Shelf Awareness