Ever heard of the Battle of the Book? No? Well, it’s not quite as violent as it sounds, but it is just as exciting.
From the end of January, five schools in the Fingal area have put their fifth class students out to battle one another – not with pointy spears but with knowledge! Over the next couple of months, these two hundred students will read The History Mystery by Ana Maria Machado and come together for a giant quiz in May. This event will be hosted by RTE in Dublin Airport and all two hundred readers will be tested on their knowledge of the book – its characters, themes, storyline and everything in between.
The participating schools are St Colmcille’s Girls School, Swords, St Mary’s National School Garristown, St Patrick’s SNS, Skerries, Bracken Educate Together, Balbriggan, Rush National School and Scoil Mhuire, Howth.
Battle of the Book was launched in the Council Chamber in County Hall Swords on Thursday 29th January, and two or three representatives from each of the participating schools came along to meet the Fingal librarians, the Deputy Mayor and our publishing manager Gráinne Clear. They brought their teachers along too to carry big boxes of books back to their schools in preparation for the upcoming battle. After officially launching the reading programme, the Deputy Mayor Ted Leddy surprised the pupils and this little publisher with a visit to the Mayors office!
Every month there will be an event that relates to a topic in the book, many of which will be hosted by the brilliant author herself – Ana Maria Machado. She is one of the most significant children’s book authors in Brazil and has written more than a hundred books for children and adults. In the year 2000, Ana Maria was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award for her life work, the most significant international prize for children’s literature.
Keep an eye on our blog for updates on her events and the outcome of the battle and click here for more about The History Mystery.