Book Bat­tle re­turns

North Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - AMY BAKER

Ju­nior bib­lio­philes and lec­tors from Up­per Har­bour and West Auck­land schools came to­gether to pit their literary wits against each other in the an­nual Book Bat­tle.

Around 160 pupils from ju­nior and in­ter­me­di­ate schools con­gre­gated at Hob­sonville Point Se­condary School for the two rounds of com­pe­ti­tion on June 19.

Now in its third year, Ma­rina View School li­brar­ian and coor­gan­iser Vicki Munro said the bat­tle im­proves with each year.

‘‘The kids were all ex­cited and buzzing, and we were pretty ex­cited. Ev­ery­thing just went so well.’’

Ju­nior teams, years five and six, re­ceived 70 ques­tions, while in­ter­me­di­ate teams, years seven and eight, had 100 to an­swer.

Ques­tions were mul­ti­ple choice and came from dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories such as book quotes, au­thors, New Zealand and su­per heroes. Each round took around one and a half hours to com­plete.

Schools came from all over the re­gion, in­clud­ing Green­hithe School, Hob­sonville School, Ma­rina View School and Massey Pri­mary.

A team from Waimauku School won the year seven and eight event, and a team from Penin­sula Pri­mary won the year five and six event.

Munro said she was grate­ful to spon­sors Bar­foot and Thomp­son West Har­bour, as well as book spon­sors Miller Books, Wheel­ers and Scholas­tic for spot prizes.

Bar­foot and Thomp­son West Har­bour res­i­den­tial sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive Tony Buck­well said sup­port­ing the Book Bat­tle was a per­fect fit for the com­pany’s val­ues, as well as be­ing another link to lit­er­acy pro­grammes, such as the Young Au­thors’ Chal­lenge - a book fea­tur­ing sto­ries by school chil­dren to raise money for Star­ship Foun­da­tion.

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