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Wringer By Jerry Spinelli Wringer Sometimes he wished it would come after him chase him this thing he did not want to be But the thing never moved It merely waited Waited for him to come to it In Palmer LaRue s hometown of Waymer t

  • Title: Wringer
  • Author: Jerry Spinelli
  • ISBN: 9780060739485
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Paperback
  • Wringer By Jerry Spinelli Sometimes he wished it would come after him, chase him, this thing he did not want to be But the thing never moved It merely waited Waited for him to come to it In Palmer LaRue s hometown of Waymer, turning ten is the biggest event of a boy s life It marks the day when a boy is ready to take his place as a wringer at the annual Family Fest It s an honor and a traditiSometimes he wished it would come after him, chase him, this thing he did not want to be But the thing never moved It merely waited Waited for him to come to it In Palmer LaRue s hometown of Waymer, turning ten is the biggest event of a boy s life It marks the day when a boy is ready to take his place as a wringer at the annual Family Fest It s an honor and a tradition.But for Palmer, his tenth birthday is not something to look forward to, but something to dread Because although he can t admit this to anyone Palmer does not want to be a wringer But he can t stop himself from getting older, any than he can stop tradition.Then one day, a visitor appears on his windowsill, and Palmer knows that this, 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.
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    1. Lars Guthrie on said:

      Maybe my third time for this one, and I ve upped my opinion a bit I had previously found Spinelli s premise a little unrealistic, giving him the opportunity to make some possibly overbearing moral points Palmer LaRue dreads his upcoming tenth birthday He wants to fit in with a small gang of rude boys who bully the girl who is his neighbor and erstwhile friend On his next birthday he will become a wringer, one of the boys who snaps the necks of wounded birds at Waymer, Pennsylvania s annual Pigeo [...]

    2. Ja on said:

      This book was unique and captivating It s definitely intended for younger kids, but it s still good all the same Similar to another of Jerry Spinelli s books, Stargirl, it tells young readers that they don t have to give in to peer pressure If they don t feel something is right, they need to voice their opinion This is an important idea to instill at a young age in preparation for teenage hood, kids need to know that they don t have to follow the crowd, even if it seems as if they re the only on [...]

    3. Amber Gordon on said:

      Wringer is a Newberry Honor contemporary fiction novel that would be appropriate for students in upper elementary or middle school This novel is about the struggles that a young boy, Palmer, faces when he does not agree with an annual event that is held in his town Palmer lives in a town that has a Pigeon Day, to raise money for the community s park Participants in Pigeon Day have the opportunity to shoot pigeons as they are released in groups of five The wringers are ten year old boys who must [...]

    4. Linda Lipko on said:

      This 1998 Newbery honor book is powerful, poignant and hauntingly beautiful This is a remarkable story of peer and social pressure, the courage to sort through the quagmire of self doubt until the mud clears and what remains is a crystal clear reflection of self acceptance.Sensitive, animal loving nine year old Palmer LaRue passionately dreads the arrival of his tenth birthday The rite of passage in his small town is to become a wringer a wringer of the necks of pigeons still alive after being s [...]

    5. Kaion on said:

      One thing that Jerry Spinelli really seems to capture well about children their experience of a larger than life world The ecstasy of a snow day The stinging annoyance of a neighbor being called a friend The blunt hungry yearning for acceptance In Maniac Magee, this hyper reality took the form of the mythic In Wringer it s visceral, our protagonist s dread of turning ten In his dreams he looks down to find his hands around the neck of the pigeon It feels silky The pigeon s eye is like a polished [...]

    6. Peacegal on said:

      Despite the fact that it rarely shows up on humane education lists, if I could suggest only one book promoting humane values, it would be Wringer Obviously inspired by the infamousHegins Pigeon Shoot, Spinelli weaves the story of a young boy who faces an incredible dilemma will he follow the path of his peers and become a wringer of the necks of injured birds at his town s annual pigeon shoot, or will he stay true to his values and the wayward pigeon he s adopted as a pet The book is told from t [...]

    7. Joy on said:

      1998 Newbery Honor BookI wasn t really sure what this book would be about by the cover It looked a bit like a horror novel The inside jacket cover description was even vague It sounded and like it would be scary Fortunately, it wasn t.The main character is Palmer He turns 9 at the beginning of the book and has been accepted into a gang of boys named Beans, Mutto and Henry They nickname him Snots His mother doesn t approve of them Honestly, they re punks.In the city that Palmer lives, they hav [...]

    8. Jaden on said:

      A classmate told me I should read this book and I m so glad she did By the looks of it, it isn t a book I would ever pick up, even after reading the back I didn t like it I started reading it and I loved it I m sad that I finished it so quick, I never wanted it to end Wringer is now one of my favorite books, I want to go back and reread it already

    9. Janelle on said:

      My son selected this for Family Book Group He prefers what he terms realistic fiction and Jerry Spinelli is one of his favorite authors.Like some of his other titles, this one is about finding your true self and identifying your real friends Palmer s isolation is anguishing it s very hard for me as an adult to read about him running around with his thuggish friends and working so hard to appear to be something he isn t It was also hard to me to accept that the adults in his life wouldn t interve [...]

    10. Angie on said:

      I learned that there are things you can t share with people all the time Even though this would be an issue I can share I found in my own life I have things I can t talk about with anyone because of the way they will think about me

    11. Dimitri on said:

      Read only once in my youth the whole idea of wringing a pigeon s neck as a rite of passage was so far removed from my world that it horrified me

    12. Caroline on said:

      Subjects like toxic masculinity are barely ever explored in books and I m so glad this one did, its a really great book by a good author.

    13. Jasminecline on said:

      I thought that it was interesting because of the life chooses Palmer decides to do I would read this book again.

    14. Michael Hickey on said:

      The WringerJerry SpinnelliThe book is about a kid named Palmer He is almost nine years old He has two friends that are Henry and Beans They are the trouble makers of the neighborhood They nickname Palmer Snots.He is about to turn nine When the day does come, he goes out and plays with his friends The see a bigger kid on the playground He comes over and says he has to give him nine licks, so he punches his arm nine times Palmer gets a really big bruise from it, and he goes around town showing it [...]

    15. Victoria on said:

      Once , in his characteristic style, Jerry Spinelli shows why he is one of my favorite authors This inspirational, heartbreaking novel uses a strange approach to celebrate the power of friendship, love, and respect for life.Palmer is terrified of his tenth birthday The fateful day when he will be old enough to become a wringer, one of the boys charged with helping out on the day of the city s great Pigeon Day Shoot, breaking the necks of the innocent birds Every other boy anticipates this milesto [...]

    16. Jacob on said:

      Wringer by Jerry Spinelli265 pages realistic fiction This book is about a boy named Palmer Who has a love for pigeons On his 10th birthday he became friends with three kids named beans Mutto and Henry These kids are the normal kids there because they hate pigeons In his town they have a family fest that has kids having fun with there kids doing fun things and then on the last day there is a day where they shoot and wring pigeons in the neck Palmer hates this but his friends love it and Palmer wo [...]

    17. Samuel Kammerman on said:

      I could not put his book down and I truly believe that it deserved that Caldecott Medal This book was a mesmerizing morality tale about a young boy who goes by the name of Palmer who cannot make sense of it The book starts off with Palmers upcoming tenth birthday and in his town 10 year old boys turn into wringers A wringer is someone who break the necks of wounded pigeons at the towns Pigeon day shoot This was not the only big thing that was going to happen to Palmer, when you turn ten you also [...]

    18. Sydney Snyder on said:

      Before I even started reading this book I had the question what is a wringer Throughout the book, I found myself asking many questions which, like any good book, were answered and didn t leave me confused The vocabulary in the book was simple, but the Wringer had a good message The book was interesting because it is not what I would usually read Spoiler alert In the book, Wringer, the main character Palmer starts out by telling the reader that he doesn t want to be a wringer Later you learn that [...]

    19. D.C. on said:

      Another beautiful, supremely poignant work from the rich pen of Jerry Spinelli Here you don t have to be a lover or hater of Spinelli s style as I ve commented on before oh yes, it s still there, and the writing is very poetic with dark undertones, but Maniac Magee and Hokey Pokey seem to have those half unexplained, almost grim plot devices and flow that seems to repel some people Wringer has it so less so tough to explain, I know But the plot is executed so simply yet so wonderfully, the poig [...]

    20. James A.C. Morris on said:

      The book Wringer by Jerry Spinelli This is one of my favorite books because it is by one of my favorite authors Also, it taught me a lot of things It taught me the definition of a wringer was A wringer is someone that breaks animals neck In this case the boy had a job to wring birds neck This made me interested in this book because I do not like birds and I find their living puposeless Also it teaches you that you must make your own decisions in life and that if you have a job that you do not l [...]

    21. Jolene Munch on said:

      To be totally honest when I first saw the book cover I was a bit terrified This was because I just saw a child s face and in big font was the word Wringer I didn t know what to expect, so I always read the synopsis at that back of the book After reading it, it sounded really interesting except, I honestly had no clue what a wringer was I thought a wringer was a good thing but after reading the first chapter I thought wrong I ve also never heard of the author Jerry Spinelli until this summer.When [...]

    22. Alice on said:

      This book is about a boy named palmer who must become a wringer on his 9th birthday He dreads this day because he does not believe it is right to kill pigeons but he wants to fit in so he pretends that he hates pigeons A pigeon flies to his window every day and befriends him The gang finds out and on the wringing day, they kill Palmers pigeon.I thought this book was very sad but had a very remarkable setting and character emotions were very stongly portrayed throughout the book It really makes t [...]

    23. cheyenne on said:

      the plot in this book is thatpalmer is 9 about to turn 10 years old and that is the time he has to become a wringer.but he doesn t want to become a wringer so wants to stop his self from getting older even thought becoming a wringer is a family fest and a honor and tradition but he find a visitior on his windowsill and now he knows that it is time to stand up a connection i have to this book is that i am soon going to be 12 and i don t want it to come but you can t stop time no matter how old yo [...]

    24. Brenda on said:

      Wringer is the story of a young boy coming of age in a town that features a pigeon shoot every year The story centers on the boys hatred for killing the birds, his friendship with a bird and a girl, and the inevitable desire to fit in and be liked This book is written from the perspecitve of Palmer He is a good kid but also a boy who is expected to do boy things, have gross nicknames and tease girls Jerry Spinelli writes the charater convincingly And it doesn t seem to matter whether you are a b [...]

    25. Lauren Adams on said:

      He did not want to be a wringer Wringer by Jerry Spinelli is about Palmer LaRue, who lives in a town called Waymer in Waymer, Palmer s town celebrates an annual Pigeon Day Piegion Day involves trapping pigeons in crates, and the releasing them into the air to be shot Ten old boys in Waymer can except the honor of wringing the wounded pigeons that have not yet died, and wringing their necks to put them out of their misery When Palmer turns nine, his new friends pressure him to join them in antici [...]

    26. Pam on said:

      This novel is about a community that has some strange rights of passages for boys turning 9 and 10 years old At nine years old they are required to get punched in the arm 9 times while being held defenselessly When the boy reaches 10 years old, he is expected to kill pigeons at a popular annual family affair by wringing their necks.This book is good in that it deals with the topic of peer pressure I like how the story overall promotes standing up for what you believe in no matter what everyone e [...]

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