Behind the scenes at the International Kids' Lit Quiz

Disappointingly, if tooth-and-claw rivalry was at play, it was well hidden. Rather than The Hunger Games, said Carlos Seade-Cabrera of Hong Kong, it felt more like inhabiting the pages of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. "We've all gone a bit Matilda with all the books we've been reading," said Hannah Ord, from the UK. 

Without a captain, said William from Wellington, their team was practically a communist society, so you could say it was a bit like Animal Farm.