Archive for August, 2009

A great week with the Thalia Kids Book Club

Posted in Appearances, Plugs, YA Books on August 8, 2009 by Matt

I want to give a big thanks to all the great campers I met this week at the Thalia Kids Book Club Camp!  I knew it would be a good time, but I had no idea that I’d be meeting such a talented group of young readers and writers.  I am SUPER impressed with all of them.

On Wednesday we went to the Random House offices where my fantastic editors and designers met with the kids and gave them a little lesson on book publishing 101 (I learned a few things, too!)

But by far the coolest part came on Friday, when I got to read stories and poems the campers had been working on all week long.  Together with actress Bernadette Quigley, we read the stories out loud on stage for an audience of staff, campers and parents.  Haunted houses, superpowers, time travel, dogs and homelessness . . . these stories touched on so many different genres and subjects, that I couldn’t begin to pick a favorite.  But I am sure that some of these kids will grow up into the authors of tomorrow and I can’t wait to read their stuff.  I’ll be able to say “I knew them when . . .”

Here’s a quick pic from the visit to Random House.  Take a jump over to the Book Camp Blog for a lot more pics from the week.

Book Camp