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Novel Knockout Competition: 2018

an annual quiz competition for KLs international schools based on 8 novels

This year's competition will be hosted by ISKL on Tuesday 15th May 2018

KLLN's Novel Knockout Competition

The librarians from thr KL international schools have a group called Kuala Lumpur Library Network. Each year they organise a competition for fiction enthusiasts.

There are two levels of competition:

  • Elementary school- for Years 5 - 6
  • Middle school - for Years 7 - 9

Competition Format

Each school can enter two teams of four students at each level of competition.

During the competition there are two types of questions all of which are answered as a team:

  • Envelope questions
    Envelopes containing 10 questions about each book are opened when instructed. These free response questions are answered against the clock in less than 3 minutes - a bonus of 10% is added if the team's answers are submitted in less than 2 minutes.
  • Table questions
    80 randomised multiple questions are launched as the competition stars on iPads using the Socrative app. The teams can continue to answer these questions throughout the first six envelope rounds.

Each envelope question has a value of 1 mark whereas each table question has a value of ¼ of a mark.

2018 Middle School Titles

  • The Bone Sparrow
    - by Zana Fraillon - multicultural
  • Gorilla Dawn
    - by Gill Lewis - animal stories
  • The Nameless City
    - by JFaith Erin Hicks - graphic novel
  • Sachiko : a Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story 
    - by Caren Stelson - a biography
  • The Haunting of Jessop Rise
    - by Danny Weston - ghost & horror fiction
  • The Nest
    - by Kenneth Oppel - fantasy fiction
  • The Warden's Daughter
    - by Jerry Spinelli - realistic fiction
  • The Time Travelling with Hampster
    - by Ross Welford - humorous stories