Kids’ Lit Quiz is a world wide competition in which a lot of Auckland Intermediate schools compete in. There are teams of four from each school and we answer literature quiz questions with topics such as myths and legends, cats, homes and houses, food and body parts. We practice every Thursday lunch time and everyone is welcome to join. Every now and again we go to the junior and senior school libraries to find out about new material and award winning books. We all really enjoy doing the miniature fun quizzes and recommending books that we love.
The afternoon heat was from 12.30pm till 3.30pm. There were 57 teams competing. The way Kids’ Lit Quiz works is there are ten categories and ten questions in each category. Each team gets to choose a category in which we get double points. You need to plan for that strategically. The afternoon team chose mythical beasts for their category. We discovered that this was a visual round. Some of the categories we had were sheep, ducks and drakes, body parts and cats. All the girls in the afternoon heat loved it. The team came 15th out of 57, which was a fantastic effort in such a competitive heat. The members of the afternoon team were Helen Cai, Amélie Stow, Aeonie Ostik-Smith and Eloise Page. Our reserve was Tingmeng Wang.
The evening heat was from 6.30pm until 9.30pm. There were 29 teams competing and 100 difficult questions. We had ten categories, a few of which were picture books, yucky and disgusting and supernatural. After each round we had a world final question, a question that had been asked at previous world finals. There was a winner of each round, the highest scorer. The evening heat was a very competitive competition. All the girls thoroughly enjoyed the event and everyone loved having Mrs Bailey help us and prepare us for the competition. The girls in the evening team were Brena Merz, Kate Lin, Grace Lee and Frances Melville. Our reserve was Jessica Robinson.
We all really enjoyed competing in the Kids’ Lit Quiz and we are already preparing for next year. The weekly sessions are open for Year 7 and 8s who like to read and would like to join. Lit Quiz is a fantastic experience and you get to meet lots of new friends. We hope to see you there!
By Eloise Page and Frances Melville