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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 3, Day 1

Published on August 6, 2012

This morning, we jumped straight into some games to get to know each other,   on the main Symphony Space  stage. One of our favortite games begins with the group getting in a circle and bouncing a ball around the circle to create a story. Each camper contributes a word with each bounce to form grammatically correct (yet sometimes crazy, random, and illogical!) sentences. Quite fun! We then divided into five groups for a short discussion on each of the five books of the week.

                We returned to the camp room to engage in an activity about our book of the day, The Secret Tree by Natalie Standiford. Each camper was given a spooky photograph and asked to write a story describing a fictional legend behind it. There were ghost stories, mysterious monsters, and creepy forests, much like the legends described by main character Minty in the Secret Tree.

                Following our writing activity, we all headed over to RiversideParkfor lunch and a game of Capture the Flag. Our teams were so well-matched today that each team won at least once! 

                After lunch, Natalie Standiford told us about how she’d gotten started as a writer. She had been working as an editorial assistant for a publishing company when she realized all she wanted to do was write. So she began to record her ideas on little index cards for future stories, until one idea turned into the inspiration for The Secret Tree!




After some enlightening Q+A, we were given another writing prompt from Natalie. Everyone wrote down a secret on a slip of paper—whether real or imagined—and put them in a bag, which was then shaken up and passed back around. Each camper drew someone’s secret and then wrote a story about it. There were a lot of interesting stories and intriguing secrets…but shhh!! Don’t tell.

                We wrapped up the successful day with autograph signings and fun t-shirts from Natalie.

See everyone tomorrow for a busy day meeting Tom Angleberger AND Rebecca Stead!



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