Dear Ben Mikaelsen,
Before I read your book, Petey, I felt uncomfortable around people with disabilities. I wasn't sure what to say to them or how to act around them. I thought that they were so different from me that I couldn't relate to them well.
Once I read your book, I changed in many ways. My Dad teaches a program called "Camp Mercy" where people with disabilities come in and learn karate. Once I finished reading Petey, I wanted to help immediately! I felt as if they needed me. One student in particular, instead of talking she blurted out random words. Because I read Petey, I knew not to laugh or stare. When I had to go around and help kids in particular, I found it impressive that they could kick and punch. While I helped them, I felt kind of like Trevor helping Petey.
I will always carry on the everlasting, meaningful memories of your book Petey. When I'm older, I want to be a teacher. I'll always make sure to treat all kids equally and treat disabled kids especially with compassion. I will now always feel comfortable around everyone including disabled people.