We’re proud to announce Tanya Lloyd Kyi’s book, ME AND BANKSY (Penguin Random House Canada – Puffin Canada), has been shortlisted for the Edgar Allan Poe Awards in the Best Juvenile Fiction category by the Mystery Writers of America!

More about ME AND BANKSY:

  • A 2021 Nominee for the Surrey Schools Book of the Year Award
  • A Canadian Children’s Book Centre Reading List Pick, May 2020
  • One of CCBC’s Best Books for Kids and Teens Fall 2020

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.

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  

To see the full list of nominees, please go to: https://mysterywriters.org/mwa-announces-2021-edgar-allan-poe-award-nominations/