Literary quiz gets children buzzing all about reading

BRAIN BOXES Charter Academy's winning team - from left, Abigail Benton, Tom Easton, Nabiha Ahmed, Ali Sparkes, Jasmine Jessey, Andrew Norriss and Callum Wolfe. Picture: Allan Hutchings (14189-949)
BRAIN BOXES Charter Academy's winning team - from left, Abigail Benton, Tom Easton, Nabiha Ahmed, Ali Sparkes, Jasmine Jessey, Andrew Norriss and Callum Wolfe. Picture: Allan Hutchings (14189-949)
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CHILDREN have been tested on their literary knowledge at a quiz aimed to get youngsters passionate about reading.

The Portsmouth School Library Service quiz saw Year 7 and Year 8 pupils from secondary schools across the city competing at the event at Fratton Park.

A total of 36 teams took part alongside authors including Andrew Norriss, Tom Easton and Ali Sparkes.

The children were tested on books written by the authors and there were general knowledge literary questions.

A group from Charter Academy finished in first place, winning a trophy and some book vouchers.

Jasmine Jessey, 12, was one of the winners in the team of four.

She said: ‘I feel so amazed and so happy because I won last year with my school.

‘It’s amazing to win again.

‘I really enjoy reading. It’s one of my favourite things to do – it’s fun.’

Ali Sparkes said: ‘It’s my fourth or fifth year. I feel like an old veteran now, but I would feel left out if I wasn’t invited. It’s lovely to see it grow every year.

‘The level of excitement about reading and the stories is so inspiring.

‘It’s brilliant. I love it. They know more than the authors sometimes.

‘There are kids who got questions right about my books that I got wrong.’

Peter Bone is the event organiser and the school library service manager.

He said: ‘It gets young people very excited about books.

‘Children are competitive and you bring that out in the context of a literary quiz.

‘It’s ever more important to do things that create an excitement about books.

‘Things like reading groups are turning reading into a social activity.

‘That’s so important nowadays because there are so many distractions to reading.

‘It’s important that we get children reading with more enjoyment.’

A group from St Edmund’s Catholic School finished second, while joint third place went to groups from Mayfield School and Springfield School.

QUIZ QUESTIONS

1. Which large animal came to tea in the classic picture book by Judith Kerr which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year?

A. An elephant B. A tiger C. A lion

2. In the Harry Potter books, how many children do Arthur and Molly Weasley have?

A. 5 B. 6 C. 7

3. Roald Dahl wrote a book of comic poems based on well-known fairy tales. What is the title?

A. Revolting Rhymes B. Repulsive Rhymes C. Disgusting Ditties

4. Which fairytale princess was given a poison apple to eat?

A. Sleeping Beauty B. Rapunzel

C. Snow White