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Wringer Preloaded Digital Audio Player – Unabridged, January 1, 2007
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- Publisher : Recorded Books; Unabridged edition (January 1, 2007)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1428167609
- ISBN-13 : 978-1428167605
- Reading age : 8 - 10 years
- Grade level : 3 - 4
- Item Weight : 6 ounces
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Nine year old Palmer lives in fear of his upcoming 10th birthday. Every year, his town has an annual Pigeon Day shoot, and at the age of ten, most if not all the boys in town become "wringers"--the kids who wring the necks of the wounded pigeons that are shot. Palmer wants nothing to do with the event, yet finds himself pressured to join his friends and not be made fun of. Will Palmer follow the crowd or stick up for himself? And what happens when his friends find out he's been hiding a pet pigeon in his room?
Spinelli really has a knack for getting into the mind of a child, and explaining the problems and dilemmas kids face, and the "kid logic" they use to solve said problems. (Ex: Palmer scoffs how adults don't understand how important it is to get a nickname from the neighborhood gang of "cool" kids, even if that nickname is "Snots". ) As time goes on, the special bond Palmer forms with his pet pigeon is utterly heartwarming, to the point the bird becomes his own character, with his own temperament and personality. During which, I learned a lot of interesting facts about pigeons I would've never known otherwise...which makes the inevitable day of the pigeon shoot that much more suspenseful and nerve wracking; wondering if Palmer's tiny friend will survive the day or not. All the while, Palmer must find the courage to tell his family and friends how he really feels about the business of being a wringer.
A very poignant book to read about the perils of peer pressure, as well as a great story for any animal lover.