Do you love photography? You’re not alone. A surprising number of teen books feature budding shutterbugs as main characters. Here’s a selection:
Exposed by Kimberly Marcus
Told in free verse, Exposed is the story of 16-year-old Liz, a photo prodigy whose best friend, Kate, claims she was raped by Liz’s brother and stops speaking to her. Other people are avoiding Liz, too, and she finds herself torn between her friends and her family. This one will appeal to fans of Ellen Hopkins and Laurie Halse Anderson.
Snap by Carol Snow
Madison is not happy when her parents uproot her and head for a gloomy town in the middle of nowhere. Madison makes new friends and throws herself into photography, but then strange people – who later turn up dead – start appearing in her photos. Snap is a fun and fast mystery.
Sources of Light by Margaret McMullan
In 1962, 14-year-old Samantha and her parents move from Pennsylvania to Jackson, Mississippi. As the racially-charged atmosphere of the South begins to impact her life, Samantha uses her camera to document the stirring social change around her. Sources of Light is full of compelling characters.
Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick
When an injury ends star pitcher Peter’s baseball career, he’s not sure what to do. His crush on a girl in his photography class prompts Peter to explore the box of expensive camera equipment his grandfather gave him, and Peter finds himself in many funny, strange situations as he tries to figure out if there’s life after sports.