Me and Banksy (Paperback)
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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 has worked as a typesetter, graphic designer and photo editor before pursing writing full-time. She is the author of Mya's Strategy to Save the World, as well as many non-fiction titles, including Shadow Warrior, nominated for the ALA's Amelia Bloomer Project List, and Eyes and Spies: How You're Tracked and Why You Should Know, which won the Montaigne Medal Award. She is also the author of middle-grade and YA novels, including Anywhere but Here, which was praised by Kirkus as having a main character whose "voice is convincingly filled with a combination of angst and nonchalance," and The Prince of Pot, shortlisted for the OLA White Pine Award.
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