Whenever I talk with high school students about drugs and alcohol inevitably we come around to the "where do you get it from" conversation. More often than not, students will admit that they have older siblings buy for them. In fact research data identify older friends and siblings as one of the most common ways for young people to obtain alcohol (along with stealing it from home) and something about which we are constantly educating parents. Apparently my son Luke has already figured this out too - if you can't get something you want, have someone else get it for you. Thankfully, it's not alcohol - but books.
You see, Luke was an early reader. His sister Emma taught him how to read when he was 4 and she was 6. He quickly took off and although he is only in kindergarten, he is able to read at a 4th grade level, the same as Emma who is in second grade. He's already read Charlotte's Web, James and the Giant Peach and Little House on the Prairie. Recently he has become quite a fan of the Magic Treehouse series and is working his way through all 28 books as well as the 7 books in the Merlin Mission series.
Last week he went with his class to the school library to get a few new books, as they do every week, and was told by the kindly librarian that he couldn't check out Haunted Castle on Hollow's Eve because it was a "third grade" book. So rather than be disappointed he tracked down his sister in school and asked her to check it out for him. I found out when we were having quiet time and I asked him what he was reading.
"Haunted Castle on Hollow's Eve" he replied. "They told me I couldn't check it out because it's a third grade book and it would be too hard, but I'm not having any trouble at all."
"Where did you get it?" I asked.
"I had Emma check it out for me."
When my wife and I finally finished laughing we decided to mention this to his teacher. She agreed that Luke would have no trouble reading any third grade level books and most fourth grade books as well. She was also willing to notify the librarians that he should be allowed to check out any book he chooses.
BTW, He finished it in two days. All 112 pages. He takes after his mother in that respect.