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Battle of the Books

posted 12 Jul 2013, 07:32 by Phil Broughton   [ updated 20 Jul 2013, 01:55 ]
Books on display in the RPA Library
We did it! For the first time EVER, we got placed in the Borough’s “Battle of the Books” competition.

Seven pupils were picked from Year 8 this year to take part in the Borough’s competition who were asked in April to work their way through as many of the six chosen books as they could. On Wednesday 3 July we went to compete against the other seven Borough secondary schools in a quiz consisting of four rounds. There were three rounds of questions based entirely on the six chosen books and then also a round of general literature questions. The two teams with the highest scores would be awarded prizes. These were not easy books to read - they were chosen from various award shortlists e.g. This year’s Carnegie nominations and are chosen for their thought-provoking content matter. (These are listed below in case you need a good summer read!)

We have never been in the top two before, indeed on my first ever “battle” I think we were in the bottom two - slowly over the years we have worked our way up, picking great teams, our team members have to read a minimum of four of the books to attend as part of the team and I have been working with them on general knowledge quizzes to help them out - some of these we do in classes with all students and then this week we had a cramming session on top tips which seems to have worked! This is actually a fiercely coveted top spot among us librarians and English staff - it is not a jolly day out but serious effort goes in to try and win.

We came SECOND out of the eight borough schools. Waldegrave beat us to first place by just 4.5 points! But we did come ahead of other previous winners such as Teddington and Orleans Park which felt absolutely brilliant! I cannot express how good that felt as we were serious underdogs a few years ago and now are seen as equal contenders by the other librarians who are now friends as well which makes me very proud.

Please congratulate the team in Year 8 – Deolu, Noah, Chi, Charli, Freya, Mary and Zara.

I have already picked next year’s team – first place here we come!!

Many thanks

Ms Bowe (Librarian)

'Ship Breaker' by Paulo Bacigalupi (Sci Fi)
'15 Days Without a Head' by Dave Cousins (Families)
'The Prince Who Walked With Lions' by Elizabeth Laird (Historical)
'Wonder' by RJ Palacio (Relationships)
'Gods and Warriors' by Michelle Paver (Historical)
'Mr Creecher' by Chris Priestley (Horror)