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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 2 Day 1!

Published on July 30, 2012

Woohoo!  First day of camp!

After some get-to-know-you activities and name-game bingo, we dived into the week’s literature with some mini book clubs.  Campers got to spend 7 minutes at each book station and discuss their thoughts , ideas, and commentary on the books.   Then we headed back to the camp room and started the activities for today’s book:  Kiki Strike by Kristen Miller.   We began our discussions with the question that has undoubtably been on everyone’s mind:  What would you do if you were Kiki?  In Kiki Strike, Kiki ventures into a dark and mysterious underground universe called “Shadow City.”   So the campers split up into groups, and made a list of survival skills and materials they might need if they were in Shadow City. 

Following our adventure into the caverns of Shadow City, we had lunch in Riverside Park and played Capture the Flag and Freeze Tag.  A good time was had by all!  Then we headed back to Symphony Space, where we met author Kristen Miller. 

Kristen gave a fascinating presentation about the nooks and crannies of New York City:  Hidden buildings, haunted castles, underground tunnels in Chinatown– who knew our city was full of so many secrets?  “Always look through any gate that you pass,” she advised our young writers, “Climb as many fences as possible.” Then she led us in a writing exercise in which we picked one of our favorite places in NYC and tried to describe it in the most intriguing way possible. 

We concluded the day with some Q&A with Kristen Miller, and she talked to us about the real life people and events that inspired her book.  Then we took our group picture , and finished off with the book signing! 

After what we learned today, I doubt any of us will ever see New York City the same way ever again.  And with the guidebooks given out by Kristen, we’re fully equipped to make some new discoveries around the city!

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