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Newbery Medal-winning author Jerry Spinelli tells a story of peer pressure so foul, so horrifying, that Wringer should be shelved along with Robert Cormier's The Chocolate War. Nine-year-old Palmer dreads his upcoming 10th birthday. In his town, when boys are 10 years old they become "wringers," the boys who wring the necks of wounded pigeons at the annual Pigeon Day shoot. Palmer is sickened by the whole event. To make matters worse, his new buddies--Beans, Mutto, and Henry--have just discovered that Palmer has been hiding a pet pigeon in his room. What will Palmer do? Will he become a wringer to save face, or will he follow his heart? Wringer will appeal to preteens and younger teens who love to read suspenseful books on their own, but it would also be a good story to read aloud to spark discussion about the perils and nuances of peer pressure. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Palmer dreads his 10th birthday, when he will become a "wringer," trained to wring the necks of pigeons gunned down in an annual shooting contest. The thought of killing the birds sickens him, as does the bullying behavior of his three buddies. When Palmer makes a pet of a stray pigeon, he struggles to find the courage needed to confront his peers and act according to his conscience. A moral drama sure to engage young readers and promote classroom discussion. A Newbery Honor selection.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Palmer, Dorothy, and Nipper. So much fun to read and follow along with the process of children growing into responsible young adults. Well written, great characters. Good read.Published 27 days ago by S. Ashcraft
I was interested in reading this book when I saw it in Amazon Daily Deals. Being a bird lover I considered putting the book down because having birds slaughtered and worrying that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Candy
Christmas gift for my 13yo daughter. Can't wait to give it to her.Published 1 month ago by nickie garrett
The book was good and the book kinda surprised me. It took a minute to realized what just happened, but sometime it can be confusingPublished 1 month ago by Texas Mom of 3 boys
Wonderful, clever, humorous, insightful book! Jerry Spinelli's Wringer novel deals with mature topics, yet my 8-year-old 3rd Grade son as well as my 14-year-old daughter as well... Read morePublished 2 months ago by potlady
Growing up, I read my fair share of Jerry Spinelli books, such as "Loser", "Manic Magee", and "Stargirl". Read morePublished 4 months ago by KarToon12
Totally awesome!!!!! Nothing needed to be added.everything is great and just fine.Perfect book. I'm reading it in school.we love it.Published 5 months ago by Jocelyn Rhymer
My daughter bought these books for the 4th grade students at her school. The kids were listening to the teacher read this out loud and asked if they could have their own copy to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by shy and retired