ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A St. Louis publisher is sending a box of inspiration to an embattled 9-year-old reading champ.
Tyler Weaver has won his New York neighborhood library reading competition five years in a row. This year, he polished off 63 books.
This is where the story gets crazy. His local paper did a feature on him, and talked to the librarian who runs the reading program. She is reportedly expressed frustration over the contest, and believed Tyler should step aside so others could have a chance to win.
"I think Tyler deserves an apology and an explanation of why this is even an issue. Say congratulations like everyone does," said Katie Weaver, Tyler's mom.
"I won fair and square. What's the big deal? The prize is a t-shirt," said Tyler.
The librarian says the newspaper took her quotes out of context, but she and her bosses are not commenting any further.
St. Louis-based Concordia Publishing saw Tyler's story on the Today show and decided to encourage him by sending a box full of books to read.
NewsChannel 5 will be there when those books are loaded up and shipped out Monday.