Young Man With Camera by Emil Sher

Young Man With Camera

byEmil SherPhotographed byDavid Wyman

Hardcover | September 29, 2015

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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?

About The Author

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 sc...

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Title:Young Man With CameraFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 0.95 inPublished:September 29, 2015Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:054554131X

ISBN - 13:9780545541312

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Excerpt from Young Man with CameraThis is not a fire hydrant.It's a photograph of a fire hydrant. And the truth is, a hydrantisn't always a hydrant.Sometimes it's a perch.I stood on my perch to take a picture of Ruby. Ruby is Mr. Lam's daughter. Mr. Lam is the owner of McCreary's Corner Store, which is a lie, since the store is in the middle of the block and should be called McCreary's Nowhere-Near-the-Corner Store. Most of the time, when Mr. Lam is inside, scanning the aisles for shoplifters, Ruby is outside, drawing pictures with chalk.Once Ruby knows what she's going to draw, it's a short walk between decide and done. I took a bunch of photographs to add to my Sidewalk Series. That's what I call my pictures of Ruby and her sidewalk drawings. Ruby crouched on one spot. Ruby blowing chalk dust. Ruby carefully tracing a line.She was adding another leaf to a beanstalk (no Jack) and I was on my perch when I heard them. Ryan, Jared, and Med are a thunderandblack-cloud combination. You know a storm is coming before a drop of rain hits the ground.

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"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