Bound To Stay Bound

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 Me and Banksy
 Author: Kyi, Tanya Lloyd

 Publisher:  Puffin Canada (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 224 p.

 BTSB No: 535951 ISBN: 9780735266919
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Security cameras -- Fiction
 School stories
 Privacy -- Fiction
 Hackers -- Fiction
 Mystery fiction
 Painting -- Fiction

Price: $6.55

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. Who has access to the school security cameras and why are they doing this?

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.70
   Points: 9.0   Quiz: 511975
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 3.80
   Points: 17.0   Quiz: 78037

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 12/01/2019 Gr 4–7—Dominica's private school's Latin motto is "securitas genera victoria," or security breeds success. Students at Mitchell Academy are carefully monitored through cameras in the classrooms and electronic ID tags that let their caregivers know their whereabouts. The students also use a forum for class assignments and run a blog, and outside of school use a social media platform comparable to Snapchat. Soon, anonymously shared videos of students start appearing all over the forum: one girl picking her nose, a boy with his fly down and shirttails sticking out, and one of Dominica turning her shirt right-side out in the library. The protagonist also develops a strong interest in the British artist Banksy, thanks to a book her grandmother gave her and an ethics class assignment. When Dominica's school principal Ms. Plante brushes off her concerns about the video, Dominica secretly draws squirrels near her school's security cameras and, with four friends who call themselves the Banksy Five, creates an art installation for the school's open house that expresses concerns about the cameras. The villain, once revealed, feels caricature-like, despite a backstory. Full of twists and turns, Kyi's novel reads quickly, and the characters' motivations feel realistic. Although the ending wraps up loose ends a little too neatly, readers will appreciate its exploration of privacy, healthy skepticism, and thoughtful social media use. Privacy becomes a major theme, as does not believing everything one sees online, and using social media thoughtfully. VERDICT This accessible introduction to Banksy is a general purchase for large library collections or where middle grade books about art are popular.—Liz Anderson, DC Public Library - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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