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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 2

Published on July 11, 2017

Another great day at camp! We started by playing a few games in the Thalia Theater (“Handshake Murderer” was followed by the thematically appropriate “Ghosts”).

After some excess energy had been dispensed with, we prepared for our field trip to Penguin Random House Audiobooks by reading an excerpt from The Matchstick Castle by Keir Graff. Campers Willem, Barnaby, Kaelyn, Sophia, and Ila volunteered to read pages of the excerpt aloud. Later in the morning, we were visited by Rita Williams-Garcia, author of Clayton Byrd Goes Underground and her husband Fred Garcia, a musician. Rita talked to us about her writing process, even showing a few pictures of early outlines and drafts of her book. She also showed the video of Doug E. Fresh performing a combination of blues and hip-hop that originally inspired her to write Clayton Byrd. The campers then got the chance to write some short call-and-response blues verses.

After the usual book signing, we had a quick lunch and a game of tag in the park and then set off on our first field trip! At Penguin Random House Audiobooks, we met with several audiobook producers and an actor who performs audiobooks, Michael Crouch. Campers not only got to ask questions about performing and producing audiobooks, but also to record passages from The Matchstick Castle.

Our hosts also gave presents of posters, pins, audiobooks, and headphones. After an exciting and full day, we thanked our wonderful hosts and headed back to camp. All in all, a fantastic second day!

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