A nine-year-old boy reads 63 books in six weeks, winning his local library’s children’s summer reading contest. For the fifth year in a row, no one can keep up with him (even his younger brother, who came in second this time).
The library’s response to this feat of tenacious literary effort? The library director decides to ban him from the contest and choose future winners by drawing names out of a fishbowl. She says Tyler Weaver “hogs the contest.”
Understandably, Tyler and his mother are disappointed.
“Tyler worked so hard for it. He deserves [to win],” says Ms. Weaver. The winner is “the one who worked for it,” she adds. “You work for it. You don’t get it by luck.”
Watch this 3-minute interview of bibliophile Tyler, who has read a book on each of the 50 states. Doesn’t the child who did the work deserve the laurels?