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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 3

Published on August 8, 2012



We started off the day with some more games in the Sharpe Theater before settling down into a circle for a unique writing exercise. Three different music pieces were played on a CD player for the campers, and we were each asked to jot down some images (or more developed prose!) that the music inspired. We had both spooky and jubilant soundtracks, each eliciting different images from different campers. It was a nice relaxing activity!

                We were then joined down in the camp room by Dan Elish, author of School for the Insanely Gifted. He informed us that before he decided to write novels, he was incredibly music-oriented. He was even one of the writers for the Broadway musical Thirteen, and he played   the opening number for us. He also read  an excerpt from one of his earlier novels, entitled The Worldwide Dessert Contest, which was inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Following some Q+A about the characters and plot of School for the Insanely Gifted, Dan provided campers with our writing prompt (one he’d tackled back in fifth grade!).  We were asked to write a story about anything we wanted, as long as it incorporated a pink ping pong ball, a Bermuda onion, and a purple pickle. Of course, there were some hysterical and creative pieces of writing shared!




After lunch and the usual boisterous game of Capture the Flag, we headed off to Bank Street Bookstore for a behind-the-scenes glance into the life of two booksellers, the people who provide for all of us avid readers!

We were told about the fascinating way in which booksellers choose what books go on the shelves, and how many copies they need to order, and who will be most likely to read them, and much more!

After the discussion, we were set free to recommend our favorite books to fellow campers, which was done with expected gusto!

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