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Newbery Honor Book * ALA Notable Children's Book

"Deeply felt. Presents a moral question with great care and sensitivity." —The New York Times

"A spellbinding story about rites of passage." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A realistic story with the intensity of a fable." —The Horn Book (starred review)

"Thought-provoking." —School Library Journal (starred review)

In Palmer LaRue's hometown of Waymer, turning ten is the biggest event of a boy's life. But for Palmer, his tenth birthday is not something to look forward to, but something to dread. Then one day, a visitor appears on his windowsill, and Palmer knows that this, more than anything else, is a sign that his time is up. Somehow, he must learn how to stop being afraid and stand up for what he believes in.

Wringer is a powerful tour de force from Newbery Medal winner Jerry Spinelli.

Paperback, 240 pages
Published on September 7, 2004 by HarperCollins
ISBN-10: 0060592826
ISBN-13: 9780060592820
20 Book Reviews
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  • inmemoryofcpr
    inmemoryofcprTuesday, June 11, 2019 at 2:22 pm44 stars
    Palmer has waited his whole life to get into Bean's group, which consists of rowdy boys. But when he is pushed to become a wringer, a person that wrings the pigeons in the annual pigeon contest, Palmer must keep his secret or he will be kicked out of the group. I would recommend this for ages 9+ I liked how Palmer teamed up with Dorothy but the book's pace could have sped up a bit. Overall, pretty good, just could have been a little brushed up with.
    • BobaTuesday, May 21, 2019 at 3:25 pm
      Best book because I like scary story’s 😀😀😀
      • lilyhough
        lilyhoughThursday, March 7, 2019 at 1:26 pm55 stars
        I love it it’s spooky,mysterious,suspenseful and interesting I hope that other people like it as much as I do right now😊👍
        • marshallm
          marshallmFriday, December 11, 2015 at 11:37 am44 stars
          I loved this book in some spots were sad in others funy.
          • adri2005
            adri2005Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 6:16 am55 stars
            It made me stay on the edge of my seat
            • cortrourke
              cortrourkeTuesday, November 17, 2015 at 11:56 am33 stars
              good book
              • tankersisbeast
                tankersisbeastTuesday, November 17, 2015 at 6:49 am
                It's not what i expected but it's ok i guess
                • lacy321Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 5:39 pm
                  does this book have any awards?
                  • endra
                    endraThursday, May 22, 2014 at 7:57 am33 stars
                    Even if I hadn't read the book, I think the book might be a fantastic book to read. Also I think this book is my reading level so I might understand the words in this book.
                    • Izzy Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 1:09 pm
                      I am in school right now and I am in book club and a book that we are reading is wringer!!