Today was a bittersweet day at Thalia Kids Book Club Camp! Our last day of the week- and we had to say goodbye (for now!) to some campers that have been coming to this camp for years.
We started the morning with a cheery writing exercise imagining different natural or man-made disasters that could happen in the future and what the various street corners surrounding Symphony Space would look like in the event of such disasters- very much like in our book of today, Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld- which imagines a mysterious nuclear disaster happening in Poughkeepsie, NY. Some people imagined what New York would look like after the explosion of a nuclear bomb and some imagined a monstrous blizzard hitting the city and covering the first few floors of buildings- who knew disasters could inspire so much creativity!
After we imagined our own horrific disasters, we got to meet with the author of the graphic novel, Spill Zone– Scott Westerfeld himself! Scott took us through his journey from only-text novels to graphic novels. Some of you might know Scott from his first major book- The Uglies. He told us that the version of The Uglies that was published in Japan was actually the first little glimmer of inspiration for writing a graphic novel. We had a wonderful look into the way that illustrations can inform the reader- and the author!- about different characters and places and can actually make the setting of a novel more clear. Did you know that before there were cameras and the medium of photography most novels had illustrations in them? Even novels for adults!
Scott took us through the process that the illustrator of Spill Zone, Alex Puvilland, goes through. We also learned that someone other than the actual artist for a graphic novel colors in the pictures? They’re called a “colorist” (go figure).
After our illuminating visit with Scott, we went to lunch and had one last round of Capture the Flag (a Thalia Book Club Camp favorite). When we came back from lunch we had what we call “Share”– an opportunity for all the campers to share book recommendations with everyone and talk about the books they love, as well as share games or skits or songs or anything else that they want to! We got a LOT of book recommendations today! They’ll be listed below- although I think most of our campers were writing them down. We also got a heartwarming testimonial from one of our campers that has been coming to camp for the past five years and who really loves what we do here at book club camp! For a number of campers, this is their last year. In honor of them, we took a “graduation” picture.
After our share we ended the day with a lovely little party with cupcakes and lemonade and a chance for all our campers to chat more about the books they loved, talk about the rest of their summer plans, and exchange contact info! We hope to see some campers back next summer- I know we all had a wonderful week at camp because of the enthusiasm and engagement of all of the campers!
More great photos from this week can be found here.
THALIA KIDS BOOK CLUB CAMP WEEK 4 RECOMMENDED READING (a partial list!)
Dinner With Edward by Isabel Vincent
One Child by Torey Hayden
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Someday Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (the biography that Hamilton the musical was based on!)
This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Kick Me by Paul Feig
Saving Red by Sonia Sones
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester
The Beast of Cretacea by Todd Strasser
Undertow by Michael Buckley
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The School for Good and Evil (series) by Soman Chainani
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
IRL (graphic novel) by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
Fablehaven (series) by Brandon Mull
The Fourth Stall (series) by Chris Rylander
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan
Ungifted by Gordon Korman
Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
Searching for David’s Heart by Cherie Bennett
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yun
A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard (series) by Rick Riordon
I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda
Tokyo Ghoul (manga/graphic novel) by Sui Ishida
One of the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess
Sea of Trolls (series) by Nancy Farmer
Miss Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
Any of John Steinbeck’s novellas
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (series) by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
A Wrinkle in Time (series) by Madeline L’Engle
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
El Deafo by Cece Bell
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
I Had Seen Castles, by Cynthia Rylant
When I Was a Puerto Rican, by Esmerelda Santiago
Magyk by Angie Sage
Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
And many MANY MANY MORE……..