Wringer by Jerry Spinelli
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Palmer LaRue is running out of birthdays. For as long as he can remember, he's dreaded the day he turns ten -- the day he'll take his place beside all the other ten-year-old boys in town, the day he'll be a wringer. But Palmer doesn't want to be a wringer. It's one of the first things he learned about himself and it's one of the biggest things he has to hide. In Palmer's town being a wringer is an honor, a tradition passed down from father to son. Palmer can't stop himself from being a wringer just like he can't stop himself from growing one year older, just like he can't stand up to a whole town -- right? Newbery Medal winner Jerry Spinelli's most powerful novel yet is a gripping tale of how one boy learns how not to be afraid.

 

About Jerry Spinelli

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Jerry Spinelli won the Newbery Medal in 1991 for Maniac Magee, one of his more than 25 acclaimed books for young readers. He now lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Eileen Spinelli, who is also an author of children's books.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins. 260 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Even after winning acceptance (and a nickname, "Snots") from neighborhood bully Beans, and learning to join in the relentless harassment of his one-time friend, Dorothy Gruzik, Palmer regards his fast-approaching tenth birthday with dread.

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In Palmer's hometown, 10-year-old boys are awarded the time-honored privilege of becoming ""wringers."" At the most anticipated event of the year, the annual pigeon shoot, they are in charge of discarding dead pigeons and twisting the necks of wounded birds.

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The book talks of the enjoyment of killing animals and despite the hero finally standing up for himself the book is overall to gruesome for school.

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The book talks of the enjoyment of killing animals and despite the hero finally standing up for himself the book is overall to gruesome for school.

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In Palmer's town, ten-year-old boys become wringers, who break the necks of wounded pigeons at the town's annual Pigeon Day shoot.

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