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Kids Lit Quiz

City Academy Students compete at the Kids Lit Quiz

Students from City Academy Norwich took part in an international competition which sees school teams vying to show they are top of the class when it comes to their knowledge of children’s literature.

The East Anglia heat of the Kids Lit Quiz saw 34 teams of four, from a wide range of secondary schools across Norfolk and Suffolk battle it out over 10 rounds and 3 hours of tense competition at Thetford Academy

The Year 7 and 8 pupils had to answer questions on a wide range of children’s literature, from myths to comic books, as well as classic and contemporary novels – but all were sworn to strict secrecy so that none of the questions or answers could leave the building and influence other contests taking place around the UK and the elsewhere in the world.

City Academy Students really enjoyed taking part and both teams did really well in the very challenging competition: “The atmosphere was great and some of the questions were hard, but we worked together to come up with the answers”.

Among those present were local authors Alexander Gordon Smith, who is Patron of Reading for City Academy Norwich, and Marcus Sedgwick, both of whom were hugely impressed by the event and by the performance by all of the participating pupils.

Alexander Gordon Smith, who participated in the quiz as part of an author and librarians’ team, added: “It has been a real success this evening and great for me being the Patron of Reading at City Academy Norwich, just to see so many readers congregate in one room and have such an amazing time. Brilliant!”

The quiz was hosted by Wayne Mills, a senior lecturer in education at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and former English teacher who came up with the original idea for the quiz. He was awarded the Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit two years ago for services to education.

For more information about the Kids’ Lit Quiz, visit