|The 28 teams wait nervously for the Quiz to begin...|
On Monday night the North London heat of the International Kids' Lit Quiz was held at Broxbourne School.
|The spelling round|
took ages to mark!
This year, three-quarters of THE EDGE went along to help out. I was delighted to join fellow EDGE authors Savita Kalhan (THE LONG WEEKEND), Miriam Halahmy (HIDDEN), Sara Grant (DARK PARTIES) and Keren David (WHEN I WAS JOE) with TALL STORY author Candy Gourlay to take on the all-important task of marking the test papers!
The National Kids' Lit Quiz, founded by New Zealand quizmaster Wayne Mills, is an annual book competition for kids aged 10-13. Each school can enter up to two teams of four pupils, and there are heats in the UK, New Zealand, China and South Africa, with the US and Canada soon to join. There are 16 regional heats in the UK, then the winning team from each heat competes in a National Final, held this year at Warwick University TODAY!
The winning team will then be invited to New Zealand to compete against the winners from New Zealand, China, and South Africa for the International Title - as well as an amazing tour, including volcanoes and Hobbiton itself!
|The larger than life Quizmaster himself, Wayne Mills,|
with authors Savita Kalhan and Miriam Halahmy
The questions, devised by the enthusiastic larger-than-life top-hatted Wayne Mills varied enormously - from Ancient Greek mythology and biblical questions, to Tintin, Harry Potter, and even Barack Obama! Wayne reads enough books to devise several thousand questions each year - and claims to have never asked the same question twice!
|The Authors United Team: Fiona Dunbar, Sophia Bennett,|
Sita Brahmachari, and THE EDGE's Dave Cousins - desperately
trying to remember the main characters from The Hunger Games
Sara Grant and I had prepped him on in the car!
|The Authors All-Stars Team: Steve Feasey,|
Josh Lacey, Echo Freer and Samira Osman
The tension was palpable as the best teams in North London put their heads together, racked their brains, whispered fervently, and scribbled their answers furiously...
|Bishops Stortford College B team put their heads together - quite rightly ignoring|
the distraction of postcards for Someone Else's Life and 15 Days Without a Head!
|The Herts and Essex B Team ended the quiz with a HUGE|
stack of won books they'd won - revision for next year?
|Taking a break from marking -|
Savita Kalhan, Sara Grant, Me, and Candy Gourlay
|Sara Grant, me and Keren David.|
Savita Kalhan and Sara Grant
AUTHORS ALL-STARS were just pipped to the post by AUTHORS UNITED, who racked up a whopping score of 92 out of 100 (just one more mark than the winning kids team!) but the real winners of the day were books themselves. What an ingenious, fun, and exciting way to promote reading. I can't wait till next year!
For details of how to enter next year's Kids' Lit Quiz, click here.
|Guess those postcards won't be distracting anybody any more!|