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Battle Of The Books

A brain-busting students’ versus staff literary contest has seen staff pip students to the title.

The first ever CBA Battle of the Books has been won by the staff in a close contest.

Sixty students and staff took place in the literary challenge last term which saw a student and staff member pair off and read the same book.

The pairs then had to put together 20 questions for their opponent to answer .

After two weeks of hard fought literary square offs in the library the staff reigned victorious clocking up 17 wins against the student team's 11.

A winners trophy will be presented to the staff team later this week.

Librarian Amy McKay who devised the Battle of the Books, said students have already signed up to next year's follow up event.

She said: "It went really well and both members and staff took on the challenge with great enthusiasm. Some even read their books a few times and there was much late night revision.

"It was a great event and as well as an introduction to the accelerated learning programme it was about a celebration of literature."

Authors read by the contestants included Jacqueline Wilson, Roald Dahl and Stephanie Meyer.

The contestant with the most correct answers was Year 7 student Julia Komor who scored 19.5 our of 20 and staff members Donna Lapsley (pictured right) and Leendert van den Berg both answered 19 questions correctly.

A gallery of the Battle of the Books contestants has been posted onto the library section of the website.

And following the Battle of the Books, the current focus of library activities is the Carnegie Book Awards. Reading group Corby Book Addicts are shadowing the shortlist of the national awards, which this year has a horror/thriller theme.

The group will be attending Lodge Park Technology College on June 19 for a Corby schools forum where students will be able to discuss the shortlisted books with students from neighbouring schools.

Corby Book Addicts have also registered on the official Carnegie shadowing website and have created their own webpage.

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