Prairie Trail Elementary School, Ankeny
Dear Mike Lupica,
I love football. This makes it no astonishment that my mother snatched your book Two Minute Drill in the library. I had completed reading
a different book series at the time and could not uncover another book to read. My mom felt desperate to get another book into my hands. So, we were at the library and my mom was pulling out book after book, flipping through the pages and asking me what I thought about it. I put down every book she laid a finger on. Then she pulled out your book, grinned from ear to ear and explained with zeal that it was about football. We got the book.
As I read your book, I assumed I was just like Chris Conlan, the prime football player in his grade and the most admired. But then I thought about how everybody else who reads this book thinks they're like Chris, too. As I deliberated how Chris and I are akin, I realized I am not much like Chris. In fact, the only thing Chris and I had in common was sport. I have sports in common with just about everyone else in my grade and I am as diverse from some of them as can be. So, I learned Chris and I are not too similar, which to be honest with you, did discourage me. I really did want to be like Chris but we were far too different. That's when I compared myself to Scott.
I thought of Scott as a nerd. I did not desire to be like Scott at all. As I reasoned with myself about how Scott and I are equal, I only found one possible reason we are the same, school. That was it. We are both prime students. But again, there are tons of other smart youth in my grade who are good students and again, I am different from most of them. But I was close to being relieved that I am not comparable to Scott though. I did not desire to be like a nerdy kicker.
So I had sports in common with one of your characters and school in common with another. This makes me estimate that adults aren't lying when they say everybody is different.
But then I asked myself a question, why am I glad that I am not like Scott but am let down that I am not like Chris? That was an easy answer, because I want to be like Chris and don't want to be like Scott. Simple.
But adults always say that everybody is "special" in their own way, so I decided to look in and see if there was anything "special" about Scott.
1. Scott is very intelligent
Stumped after one. But I was determined to find at least two ways Scott is "special". Then it hit me like a rock. How many kids are able to wake up every morning and go to a place they know they are going to get picked on. Then In their free time, they join some sport when they know they are going to get treated like an animal. When they know like day that they are going to have to work harder than the other kid, but they continue to go. These thoughts led me to this.
1. Scott is very smart
2. Scott is indomitable
After reading this list I almost would rather be like Scott now than Chris. But why did I not want to be like Scott in the first place? And then I got my answer. I judged him too quickly. But everybody makes this mistake. Whether it’s an actual person or one in a book, everybody does this once or twice. I can even remember a few other times when I judged someone too fast. But before I read your book, I would have never realized when I was judging someone without "Walking a mile in their boots". But realizing when you judged someone too fast is the easy part. The hard part is giving them a second chance. That part is not a Two Minute Drill.
Very respectfully yours,