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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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  • ajwerth307
    ajwerth307Monday, June 3, 2013 at 9:03 pm44 stars
    It tells a story of a plot and a problem with bullys and about a young boy that simply doesn't want to turn ten because of many many reasons like maybe most of all he has to be a wringer or maybe that he gets a huge punch on the arm!
    • jed
      jedMonday, June 3, 2013 at 7:47 pm11 star
      It was an awful book about dead birds. It does say stuff about friendship but it is not worth reading.
      • Lou LouFriday, March 1, 2013 at 10:39 am
        I give it a 5
        • Lou LouFriday, March 1, 2013 at 10:38 am
          this book tells you about this boy that their town wrings pigeons and it is very rude until one day this boy finds one and keeps it is it a secert
          • socoolsotruesoawesome
            socoolsotruesoawesomeWednesday, May 23, 2012 at 5:51 pm
            a very interesting plot and problem. I love jerry spinelli, but this story got a bit boring in the middle. deduct a star for that. but i loved it!
            • locomotion
              locomotionWednesday, May 23, 2012 at 5:48 pm44 stars
              i liked the book, but not too crazy. during the middle, it got a little boring. but you gotta love Jerry Spinelli!
              • dogogal
                dogogalTuesday, January 31, 2012 at 3:51 pm44 stars
                This book was great! The cover may look scary but the book is great. If you read this book by Jerry Spinelli you should read Manaic Magee!
                • mrdjkirkland
                  mrdjkirklandTuesday, December 27, 2011 at 7:48 am
                  Wow! so far this book has me hooked. I wonder what will happen to Palmer when he turns 10!
                  • teacher_1943
                    Ashley GoodpasterTuesday, December 27, 2011 at 7:31 am
                    "Wringer" is a strange yet fabulous book. It is about a boy who stands up for what he believes in. Sometimes things are not as they appear!
                    • teacher_1826
                      Jesse DrinenTuesday, August 2, 2011 at 6:58 pm
                      YEAHHHHUUHHHH!!!