Year 10 Reading Challenge 2022

By Esther Kristel | Posted: Thursday November 3, 2022

Think before you speak. Read before you think. Fran Lebowitz

Another year, another Reading Challenge..but No! Wait! It’s not so! Every year a new group of Year 10 students are presented with what is by now our much-loved Year 10 Reading Challenge, and with each group arrives a different way of partaking.

This year the Year 10 classes were presented with a Reading Response task based on the NCEA Level 1 Independent Reading standard, but with a wider license in how they might present their responses. Each student covered a very similar reading breadth and each class decided on what they would focus on for the prize pool. What ensued was an extremely creative and diverse range of reading as well as final presentations.

Some of the texts students read during the challenge this year include: Dawn Raid, by Pauline Smith; Charles Dickens a Life, by Claire Tomalin; Terry Pratchett and the writing of his life, by Rob Wilkins; Little Women, by Greta Gerwig; The Cold Equations, by Tom Godwin; Vincent Van Gogh, Encyclopaedia Britannica; The invisible life of Addie LaRue, by V. E. Schwab; The 10 types of human, by Dexter Dias; The Diary of Anne Frank, by Anne Frank; The Secret History, by Donna Tartt; The Rose That Grew From Concrete, by Topak Shakur; Letter to Someone Living Fifty Years from Now, by Matthew Olzmann; I Am Not Esther, by Fleur Beale; Rabbit-Proof Fence, by Phillip Noyce; The Transformation of Minna Hargreaves, by Fleur Beale; Catch Me When You Fall, by Eilleen Merriman; She's a Killer, by Kirsten McDougal; The Nightingale and the Rose, by Oscar Wilde;Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, by Patrick Süskind; and Farm Boy, by Michael Morpurgo.

We remain deeply grateful to the Gaffney family, who continue to support us in our endeavours to encourage and ignite the love of reading at LPHS. Through the wonder of reading and the holding of books, we hope not only to mitigate some of the effects of the screen machine, but also to do what reading books has always done; helped us grow.

Congratulations to all the Year 10 Reading Challengers and to all, enjoy your holiday reading (lots to choose from in our school library)!

“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall.”

  • Roald Dahl

The Year 10 Reading Challenge Place-Getters


Best Classic Book - Tyne Grant

Best Book Cover - Miseki Honjo

Longest Book - Gus Winneke

Most Books Read - Elise Summerfield & Aidan Dixon


Best Reading Response - Sophia McLennan

Range of Texts - Nicole Mahongchai

Most Challenging Series - Geordie Stephenson

Classic Choice - Poppy Jacobson

Thinking Beyond the Text - Felix Pettigrew


Best Written Responses - Harry Holmes

Difficulty in Text Choices - Neve Curtis

Overall Clarity and Presentation - Susan Begg

Best Range of Texts - Matai Franzbowden

Well Written Responses - Daniel Blakeley


Intellectual Oomph! - Isaac Simons

Subtlety Plus - Felix Robinson

Most stunning Static Images - Lilyan Son

Overall consistent Excellence - Nell Bosshard

Eye for Detail - Huia Parker

Best Presented - Story Boraman-Ritchie


Reads a variety of texts at a very good level - Jakota McRae

Enjoys reading and happy to chat about books -Marley Dickens

Seeks and explores new texts -Otto Dxion


Best Reading Responses - Harry Watters

Best Manga - George Stenbeck-Morse

Best Novel from Aotearoa - Aaron Clarke

Best Non-Fiction - Harry Dunford-Baser

Best Horror - Samara Stewart