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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 2 Day 3

Published on July 19, 2017

We’re half way through our second week at Thalia Kids Book Club Camp!


Today, we had an AWESOME visit from the author of The Great Shelby Holmes; Elizabeth Eulberg! After the campers played games this morning, Elizabeth came in and talked to us about how she became a writer (her friend Dav Pilkey- the author of the Captain Underpants books- actually made a bet with her to see who could finish their first draft the fastest!), how she came up with the idea for Shelby Holmes (yes, it did involve the grown-up TV show “Sherlock,”) and her own process as a writer (involving LOTS of index cards!).

Elizabeth shared some cool background information for the Shelby Holmes series. Did you know it took her 17 drafts before publishing the first book? Also, we learned that she likes to start every book she wants to write with a “What if” question– for Shelby Holmes, the question was, “What if Sherlock Holmes were a nine-year-old girl?”

Elizabeth also gave the campers some tips on how to become a great detective! Apparently just being silent and making a lot of eye contact with someone is a good way to get them to confess! But you have to establish a “baseline” first by asking the person you’re interrogating a bunch of questions you already know the answers to to see how they behave when they tell the truth, which makes it easier to look for their “tells”- physical signs that someone might be lying.

Elizabeth gave us a super cool sneak peek at the next book in the Shelby Holmes series, The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match. You can pre-order a copy here: https://www.amazon.com/Great-Shelby-Holmes-Meets-Match/dp/1681190540

Lastly, Elizabeth led us through a super fun and silly writing exercise that involved a prompt and passing our papers to the right a few times to let our fellow campers continue the stories where we left off! For some reason a lot of the stories involved cows and… dying.

After lunch, we spent the afternoon doing some sleuth-related activities. We solved riddles, learned how to fingerprint (who knew there were different categories of fingerprint?), and played a real-life version of the board game Clue! Except instead of murder, our crime was even more heinous… Stealing a book! Our culprits were Sticky-Fingers Matt, Emma the Sly, “IDefinitely Didn’t Do It” Mae, and Crooked Melanie! Turns out Crooked Melanie was guilty of stealing the book with a… trash bag.

Tomorrow we’ll be meeting the authors of The Two Naomis, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick! We’ll also be taking a super cool field trip to the Society of Illustrators (so wear those orange T-shirts)!


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