A picture is worth a thousand words - and with a unique photographic format, startlingly original voice, and provocative portrayal of bullying, Young Man With Camera is a debut to get people talking.
T- is used to getting grief. Grief from his mother, who worries about him constantly; grief from Mr. Lam, who runs the corner store and suspects every kid of stealing; grief from the trio of bullies he calls Joined at the Hip, whose cruelty has left T- so battered he fears even his whole name could be used against him.
But T- has his own strength too: his camera, which he uses to capture the unique way he sees the world. His photos connect him to Ms. Karamath, the kind librarian at school; his friend Sean, whose passion for mysteries is matched only by his love for his dog, Watson; and most of all to Lucy, a homeless woman who shares his admiration for the photographer Diane Arbus. When Lucy is attacked by Joined at the Hip, T- captures the assault on film. But those images lead him into even deeper trouble with the bullies, who threaten to hurt Sean if T- tells.
What's the right thing to do? Do pictures ever tell the whole truth? And what if the truth isn't always the right answer?
Born and raised in Montreal, EMIL SHER taught at a secondary school in rural Botswana before returning to Canada to pursue a degree in creative writing. Emil has written professionally ever since: stage plays, screen plays, non-fiction and children's fiction. While his plays, including Hannah's Suitcase, have been widely produced in schools, Young Man With Camera is his first novel. Emil currently lives in Toronto, Ontario with his family.
Praise for Young Man With Camera:
"Told through prose and photographs, this is a brutal heartbreak of a novel, deservedly just nominated for a Governor-General's Award.One of the few books for this generation that will stick with them into adulthood.." - Globe and Mail
Early Praise for Young Man With Camera:
"This is what T- does with his camera: He makes the world larger, deeper, more beautiful and complex. Against this, the evil he confronts can only make the world smaller and uglier. And Young Man With Camera does the same; it reminds us that Art always confronts, and sometimes confounds, Darkness. This is a novel about the beauty that lies within, the darkness that comes from without, and the grace and nobility of a boy who sees it all through his lens. You will grow larger from having read this book." -Gary D. Schmidt, Newbery Honor-winning author of The Wednesday Wars and Orbiting Jupiter
"A brilliantly original voice and a gut-twisting story come together for a dazzling jewel of a book. Truly outstanding." -Kevin Brooks, author of Candy and The Bunker Diary