On Thursday night, 11 June, Year 7 and 8 students and parents from 18 different north-side schools packed into the Forum for our annual Readers Cup competition. This has been hosted here at Grammar for the past five years, and it is always an exciting and exuberant event.
Similar events have been happening around the same time all over Queensland, as enthusiastic groups of readers combine their knowledge of certain books in an effort to become the regional winners. The competition is organised and funded by the Queensland Branch of the Children’s Book Council: each region sends their winning team to compete at the CBCA-Qld State Finals in September, coinciding with the Brisbane Writers Festival.
This year the books chosen by our region were:
Bird by Crystal Chan
Night Vision by Ella West
Zafir by Prue Mason
Magisterium by Holly Black and Cassandra Claire
One Minute’s Silence by David Metzenthen and Michael Camilleri
Our team of four boys had to read each of these books, then answer some fairly difficult questions on the books on the night. Despite the fact that they didn’t win (congratulations to The Gap State High School on their terrific effort), the boys really enjoyed themselves. It was wonderful to see so many keen readers huddled over their answer sheets discussing books they had read.
Author Prue Mason was a wonderful Quiz Master on the night, and she graciously signed copies of her book afterwards. All such happy experiences with books, authors and reading leave an indelible impression on our boys, which is why we maintain such a strong library program here at Grammar.