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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 3

Published on August 1, 2012

Oh my goodness!  Is it the 3rd day of camp already?  I don’t believe it.

We opened the day with a discussion of the book Wonder.  In Wonder each character works on developing their own special “precept,” a principle to live by.  Matt passed out a list of precepts, statements of principle by well known writers and philosophers.  We read through them and discussed what each meant in the context of our own lives!  This prepared us for our visit with RJ Palacio, the author of Wonder.

RJ talked to us about the events that inspired her book, and shared with us the details of her personal journey as a writer.  She spent many years as an illustrator and book designer before finally writing her own book!  RJ then led us in a writing exercise, where we each considered how we might react if we saw Auggie, the main character of Wonder.  Writing from the perspective of one of the characters in the book, or  from the perspective of a made-up character, we pondered how we might respond to Auggie.

Then it was lunchtime!  Although unfortunately it was too wet to play Capture the Flag, we had a lively game of Red Light Green Light and sang along to songs from the musical Wicked.

When we arrived back at Symphony Space, we had some free time before our next guest, Megan Tingley, arrived.  Megan Tingley is a  publisher and editor at Little Brown,  who talked to us about the editing and publishing process.  There are so many steps involved!  From deciding to buy a manuscript,  to editing it, to designing the book and the cover, to choosing the title,  to printing,  book publishing is a complicated and fascinating process. We had many questions for Megan and her presentation was illuminating.  She even handed out advance copies of an upcoming book!


A very  exciting day.  Looking forward to tomorrow’s adventures.

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