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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 1 Day 5

Published on July 26, 2012

Somehow, Friday has arrived. It’s been a whirlwind week, and the fun activities continued today.

We started off the morning creating pirate dialogues and acting them out on the stage of the Thalia in preparation for meeting Geoff Rodkey, author of the pirate-themed novel Deadweather and Sunrise. In pairs, we were given a situation involving our wacky pirates and provided with some pirate lingo and slang to choose from. (Some favorites were ‘scurvy dog’ and ‘swashbucklin’!)

When we returned to our camp room, Geoff Rodkey was there to discuss his book and his inspirations with us. He gave us perhaps the most important information of the day: doing something you love is a lot more rewarding than making money doing something you hate. Though he did mention that if you can combine the two (making money doing something you love) then you’re set for life!

Before he wrote books, Geoff had also written screenplays. We found out that he’d written some of our favorite movies, like Daddy Day Care, RV, and Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas! He preferred writing Deadweather and Sunrise though, because with a book, you can be in complete control. After answering some questions about characters and future developments in the series, Geoff gave us a great writing prompt. He asked us to imagine being stuck in a locked room—how did we get there, and now how are we going to escape? Every camper’s story was terrific; we have a room full of future best-selling authors!

Lunch in Riverside Park was special today, because Geoff accompanied us. He participated in another dramatic game of Capture the Flag, and proved an integral part of a team. When we returned to the camp room at Symphony Space, we had an end-of-week reading. Almost every camper shared a story they’d been working on; most still weren’t finished, so we hope to hear a second chapter someday soon!

As the day waned, we played some wrap up games in the Thalia and then migrated back into the camp room for a farewell party and some yummy fruit! As we all packed up, we made sure to sign each other’s cards and promised to stay in touch.

What a week! We counselors and staff were lucky to get such a well behaved, enthusiastic and talented group of readers and writers. Thank you to everyone.

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