gordy53 when I were a lad, you were only allowed 3 books from the library. I had to get my mum and dad to join, so I could get 9 books at once. It meant I only had to go 2 or 3 times a week. I even had to get my dad to go into the library because they were preventing me getting books from the adult section and forcing me to the kids section. He had quite an argument with them bless him.
At primary school when I was 7 to 8 years old I was regularly sent out of the class for insubordination. This was because the reading material we were given was so basic that I could read the little books they gave us in a few minutes. I was told to read more by the teacher until there were none left to read and then I would just sit there with nothing in front of me. This invariably resulted in me being sent to stand outside the classroom for the rest of the lesson. I asked if I could bring my own books in, and the teacher agreed. The next day I bought in my books to read and the teacher immediately took them from me and said I couldn’t possibly be reading those books, then sent me to stand outside the classroom again. At the time it was lord of the rings. By this time I was having a pretty s*** time of it at school, especially in the English classes.
This finally changed at about 8 years old when the headmaster said he’d seen me outside the classroom on a number of occasions and called me into his office to explain why, I explain the situation and he just let me go. About a week later I was called to his office again and he had this guy from some government ministry to administer a reading test to me both reading, comprehension and vocabulary. We finished up pretty quickly because it didn’t take long and the guys materials only went up to the age of a 21-year old at which they considered you of an adult reading standard. After this I was allowed to take any of my books I wanted into school and I was no longer sent out of the English class. It did result in other tests being done over the next month, but sadly I was not unusually gifted in anything else except my ability to read and read quickly.