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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 1 Day 5

Published on July 18, 2014

How did it get to be Friday already?? We’ve had such an exciting week.  We started the last day of Week 1 exploring the raven theme that connected today’s book, A Tale Dark and Grimm, with Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle.  First we created a “word orchestra,” with luscious words from Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven, like “weary,” “quaint,” “chamber door”. Then we acted out the raven scenes, from A Tale Dark and Grimm, which appear at the beginning and end of the book.








Our final guest author of the week was Adam Gidwitz.  And what a way to end the week!  He was both funny and so interesting and informative.  During his two hours, when we weren’t laughing, we learned about how to write a story using his story form, which includes categories like Problem, Catalyst, Adventure, Biggest Problem, All is Lost Moment, and more.  All along the way, we shared our ideas, and got feedback from Adam.






After that, he showed us his real (old) Grimm’s fairy tale book, which inspired A Tale Dark and Grimm, In a Glass Grimmly, and The Grimm Conclusion, which may or may not be the last book in the series. He suggested a couple of these unfamiliar, strange and grim tales, like “The Juniper Tree,” for our reading pleasure,

After lunch and fun in the park, we had a Book (and Other) Share.  Anyone who wanted to described a book they liked a lot, including telling us about the characters, reading a passage from it, or a blurb from the cover. Some people read something that they wrote; we heard “The Cup Song”; we got to know a lot about one camper’s pet bunnies, Bailey and Molly; we saw some great pictures one camper drew of each of our guests; and we tried to answer three riddles posed by another camper. It was a lot of fun and gave us plenty of ideas for future reading.  Here is a list of the books that were shared:

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, by Jeanne Birdsall                                                                        

The Maze Runner, by James Dashner

The Land of Stories, by Chris Colfer

The Girl Who Could Fly, by Victoria Forrester

The Dork Diaries Series, by Rachel Renee Russell

Peter and the Starcatcher, by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens

The Adoration of Jenna Fox (part of a trilogy,) by Mary E. Pearson

A Long Way from Chicago, by Richard Peck

The Ranger’s Apprentice Series, John Flanagan

The Inkheart Trilogy, by Cornelia Funke                                                         

Back in the camp room, we raised a glass of lemonade (or seltzer,) to a fast-paced and exciting week of reading, writing, meeting SEVEN wonderful authors, playing games, and making friends.  Hope to see you all again, if not next week, sometime soon!!!

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