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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 14, 2017

Wow! What a great week of camp! It’s hard to believe that it’s already over.

Today, we began (as usual) with several rounds of games in the Thalia theater and some quiet time.

But more importantly, our author that visited today was Wendy Wan-Long Shang! Wendy was so cool and she gave us so much insight into the background of the book we read for today The Way Home Looks Now. Wendy talked about the inspiration for the book and how much she likes to watch the Little League World Series (because it’s the only baseball tournament that’s called a ‘World Series’ that actually has countries from all around the world represented)! She also told some stories from her own life that inspired the themes of gender equality in the book. Can you believe that in the 70’s her mother was actually told that she didn’t need to get paid as much because she was married? It didn’t make a lot of sense to our campers, either.

Wendy led the campers through a writing exercise that involved Characters A, B and C. A and B are friends and A and C are enemies. Then, one fateful day, A sees B and C talking to each other without them! *Gasp*! So the campers were asked to write about the scenarios from both A’s perspective and C’s perspective. We got some pretty cool stories!

Then, after Wendy’s awesome visit, the campers went to lunch and had some free time to play more games up on their feet or write or read.

We also spent the afternoon creating our own scavenger hunts throughout the Thalia Studio and Theater (we would’ve gone outside, but it magically turned into late September today for some odd reason, so we had to get creative).

Now, the highlight of the day was our Share Time in the afternoon. Everyone got to share their favorite book(s) and/or a skit that they wrote, or a comic, or some corny jokes, even some cool card tricks! It was super fun and we all got SO many book recommendations! (I’ve listed them at the bottom of this post for any campers who can’t remember the titles!)

We ended our wonderful week with a little party where campers got to get their group pictures signed and talk about what they loved this week. We hope everyone had an awesome time and that we see lots of campers again next summer (or maybe even next week)!


  • The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
  • The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill
  • All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
  • The World’s Worst Children by David Williams
  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • The School for Good and Evil (series) by Soman Chainani
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon (for a little more mature readers!)
  • Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
  • The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (a little scary!)
  • Fish in a Tree by Linda Mullaly Hunt
  • Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (a little mature!)
  • Frazzled (series) by Booki Vivat
  • King George: What Was His Problem? by Steve Sheinkin
  • Stranger Than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer (a little mature!)
  • Star Wars: Rebel Rising by Beth Revis
  • The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo
  • Proxy by C. Alexander London
  • Serafina (series) by Robert Beatty
  • Nightfall by Jake Calpern
  • Chains (book 1 of a series) by Laurie Anderson
  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead


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