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Thalia Book Club Camp offers up-close interaction with renowned children's book authors and illustrators, book discussions, and book-related field trips around the city. This blog follows the camp's activities.

Thalia Book Club Camp Week 4 Day 5

By Camp Staff
Published on August 16, 2013

The final day of camp has arrived! We can’t believe how quickly the last four weeks have flown by! Today we met with Jeff Hirsch, author of The Eleventh Plague.  The Eleventh Plague is a post-apocalyptic novel about a teenage boy and his struggle to survive.  To get ready for Jeff’s visit, we spent the [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 4 Day 4

By Camp Staff
Published on August 15, 2013

Our second-to-last-day of the summer brought us the energetic Helen Philips, author of Here Where the Sunbeams Are Green, an adventurous and heartfelt book with an environmental twist. Before Helen arrived, we prepared by writing a few skits about a vacation or trip that goes awry. In  Helen’s novel, the main characters travel to a [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 4 Day 3

By Camp Staff
Published on August 14, 2013

Our book today was a contemporary realistic novel called Slam, written by Walter Dean Myers. Slam is centered on Greg “Slam” Harris, a basketball player who lives in Harlem, and is meeting challenges both on and off the court. To get ready for our author visit, we practiced our basketball moves on stage, imagining that [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 4 Day 2

By Camp Staff
Published on August 13, 2013

Yesterday we discussed a book that takes place 400 or more years in the future.  Today we zoomed back in time to the end of the 16th century, the setting for the historical novel, Jepp, Who Defied the Stars, by Katherine (Kate) Marsh.  This fascinating and complex book blends actual history with a made-up story [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 4 Day 1

By Camp Staff
Published on August 12, 2013

The final week of Thalia Book Club camp has begun! Today we met the last group of our teen sessions. The day began with a few games in the theater inspired by both Starglass by Phoebe North and Jepp, Who Defied the Stars. We discussed the difference between fate and free will – what parts [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 3 Day 5

By Camp Staff
Published on August 12, 2013

It’s Friday!  How did that happen? What a week we’ve had. And today, our final day of the first week of Teen Book Camp, was another knockout.  In preparation for our visit with Alex London, author of the dystopian novel, Proxy, we turned episodes from the book into dramatic scenes.  The challenge was to translate [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 3 Day 4

By Camp Staff
Published on August 8, 2013

Thalia Book Club Camp goes to Broadway! We spent the day with Tim Federle, actor, singer, dancer, and author of Better Nate Than Ever. Before he arrived, we began the day with a discussion on book censorship. At the New York Public Library yesterday, a portion of the exhibited was devoted to historical cases of [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 3 Day 3

By Camp Staff
Published on August 7, 2013

Today was our first field trip! We started off this morning by going down memory lane with children’s books. Madeline had the covers of many different children’s books printed out on separate pieces of paper. We all sat in a circle, passed the covers around, and wrote some of our thoughts and feelings about the [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 3 Day 2

By Camp Staff
Published on August 6, 2013

A note from today’s visiting author, M. Evelina Galang: “This (TKBC) was a fantastic experience! I think the campers here are among the most sophisticated readers I’ve met — worldly, thoughtful, complicated. One of the activities they did was to take scenes from the book, translate passages with Tagalog and then act out the scenes. [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 3 Day 1

By Camp Staff
Published on August 5, 2013

Today marks the very first day of our teen sessions. After two smash hit weeks with our 9-11 year olds, we’re excited to welcome the new 12-14 year old campers. We began the day with a few welcome activities led by this session’s teaching artist, Madeline Cohen, better known as the Director of our Education [...]

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