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New York Fifth Grader Wins Reading Contest 5 Times, Told to Let Others Win

| by Sarah Siskind
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9-year-old Tyler Weaver is a bookworm. Lucky for him, his local library in Northeastern New York holds a reading contest. To win the “Dig Into Reading” contest, the contestant must read the most books in six weeks from June 24 to Aug. 3. Weaver won this year after reading 63 books. In fact, he’s won the reading contest four times before.

“Everybody he tells, he gets high-fives,” says Weaver’s mother. “Everybody’s so proud of him.”

However, the library director Marie Gandron has advised Weaver to “step aside,” so as not to “hog” the contest prizes.

Gandron is suspicious of Weaver since a girl had previously been caught lying about reading 200 books. However, nothing has suggested that Weaver is lying. Each contestant must read a book at or above their grade level before returning it to the library and answering questions about the plot. The prizes vary but Weaver so far has won an atlas, a water bottle, a t-shirt, and several certificates.

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Gandron has expressed her desire to change the rules of the contest so that “winners,” are picked out of a hat instead.

“It’s not fair,” says Weaver. “How would it even be a contest if you just picked a name out of a hat?” Weaver states a valid counterargument.

Sources: Fox News, Post Star