The first annual Dive Kiddo, Dive! contest, a book diving competition for young readers, took a tragic turn when an attempted triple twisting backflip from the dangling-participle-pike-position went horribly awry. Eleven-year old Dexter Clarr sustained neck injuries deemed “severely embarrassing but not life threatening.”
Dive Kiddo, Dive! was the brainchild of bestselling author James Patterson. His website, ReadKiddoRead.com was created to encourage young kids to become lifelong readers. “If we want our kids to dive into books, then why not a book diving contest?” explained Patterson. “I figured it could become as popular as the La Quebrada Cliff Divers of Acapulco.” The competition had proceeded smoothly until it was Dexter Clarr’s turn to compete. Suzie Kindel had just completed an artistic dive during which she used semaphores to spell out, “It was a dark and stormy night.”
“It was quite inspiring,” noted Patterson. “We were in the midst of nothing less than a classic sporting event. And then that Dexter kid…oi!”
As for Dexter, he will live despite the permanent crick in his neck left by the accident.