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From Newbery Medal winner Jerry Spinelli comes a gripping tale of how one boy learns how not to be afraid. For as long as Palmer LaRue can remember, he has dreaded the day he turns ten--the day he'll take his place beside the other ten-year-old boys in town and become a wringer. Will he find the courage to stand up to his town? 1998 Newbery Honor Book; ALA Notable Children's Books of 1998; "School Library Journal" Best Books of 1997.
Jerry Spinelli first became a published author at the age of 16, when his town newspaper published his poem about the local football team. His first book for children, SPACE STATION SEVENTH GRADE, was published in 1982. In 1990, Spinelli won both the Newbery Medal and the Boston Globe Horn Book Award for his novel MANIAC MAGEE.
"'Wringer' has some grim passages describing the slaughter of the pigeons, and some rather stock characterizations, but this is a well-plotted, readable story. Spinelli's message is a hopeful one--even a 10-year-old child can make the right choice and turn away from cruelty and violence."
"A story both comic and disturbing, this is lit by Palmer's growing courage and Dorothy's surprising loyalty."
"Perhaps best known for his novel 'Maniac Magee,' which won the 1991 Newbery Medal, Spinelli has produced in 'Wringer' a story both less antic and more deeply felt than that earlier work....While Beans and Mutto are cartoonish figures, the adults in 'Wringer' are fully imagined. Some of them are even kind. There's real life here on both sides of the firing line."
"Spinelli has a knack for characterization that serves him will in this oddly frightening, creepily believable novel."
From the Publisher
As Palmer comes of age, he must either accept the violence of being a wringer at his town's annual Pigeon Day or find the courage to oppose it
WAYMER--Hundreds of sharpshooters in and around this rural community are cleaning their shotguns as they look forward to Saturday's 63rd annual Pigeon Day. Beginning at around 8 a.m., participants who have paid a fee will each have the chance to shoot at ten to twenty pigeons as they are released from boxes.