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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 2

Published on August 7, 2012

Day Two!  Yay! 

 Today was a double feature: we met not one, but two authors!  The day started off with Tom Angleberger, author of   The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda.  He talked to us about and drew pictures of the different crazy characters in his books, gave an energetic workshop on origami, and then had us create our own 8-page comic books! 

We even got to write review blurbs on the back of each other’s books. “This book changed my life!”  “Superbly clever!”  “Stupendously brilliant!” 


 We were very lucky to have him with us today, as it is his “Book Birthday,” the official publishing day of his latest book, The Fortune Wookie.

After lunch, and our favorite game of capture the flag, it was time to meet Rebecca Stead.  Our campers were lucky enough to get her latest Liar and Spy, over a week before publication.  The book only officially comes out today, meaning that our campers got to read the book before anyone else..  Rebecca talked to us about her writing process, and discussed the importance of the “first line.”  We looked at the first lines of many great novels, and then tried to write our own, incorporating a mystery or inviting a question.   The openings left us breathless.  We can’t wait to see what kinds of stories the campers write after these opening lines.


 See everyone tomorrow!

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