Wringer by Jerry SpinelliWringer by Jerry Spinelli


byJerry Spinelli

Paperback | September 1, 1998

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 50 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


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 an unforgettable tour de force from Newbery Medal winner Jerry Spinelli.

Jerry Spinelli is one of the most gifted storytellers in contemporary children’s literature. His books include the Newbery Medal winner Maniac Magee; Loser; Wringer, a Newbery Honor Book; Stargirl; and Knots in My Yo-Yo String, his autobiography. His novels are recognized for their humor and poignancy, and his characters and situations...
Title:WringerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.48 inPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064405788

ISBN - 13:9780064405782

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 2 out of 5 by from *Snore!* I'm sorry but I thought that this book was just boring. It was predictable and I didn't like the plot. I'm sorry but that's all I have to say.
Date published: 2012-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Palmer was nervous when he turned ten. Why? Because when all boys turn ten they become wringers. And what do wringers do? Kill wounded birds in the annual pigeon shoot. But his best friends are thinking the most opposite. Palmer, at some point chooses whether which is more important his friends or a orange buttoned eye bird. But the decision was hard to make.
Date published: 2008-05-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wringer This book isn't one of my favorites but it wasn't horrible. The characters in the book are kind of plain and the plot is pretty good because it isn't totally predictible. The book is well written though and has some interesting things like the treatment and becoming a wringer. The Wringer is an easy read but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under twelve years old, it would also be an ok book for any adult.
Date published: 2003-05-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not so great This book is okay. I mean, sure, it's very moving. It talks about peer pressure, and stuff like that. But I like his other books that are really funny. This book is so sad. It's so serious. I think this book is good, but it could use some humour.
Date published: 2001-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pigeons, Watch Out! This is an awesome book! It's about this boy and he's about to turn 9, but he's afraid because that's the age boys become wringers and wring the necks of pigeons in the annual pigeon shooting competition. And it's a tradition to be a wringer in his family, so he has to become a wringer,but he would never hurt a bird, espessially his best friend, who is a pigeon.
Date published: 2000-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wringer Wringer is an excellent book in my opinion. Although I did not like the part where pigeons are wringed by nine year old boys, the wording of Jerry Spinelli's inspired me to read on, and I finished it. I especially loved the ending of this book. It was sad and touching, but thats what makes this book good. The ending is the best part.
Date published: 2000-10-22

From Our Editors

In Waymer, a boy's 10th birthday is the most important moment of his life. It marks the day he is ready to take his place as a "wringer" at the annual Pigeon Day — a job that's both a privilege and a tradition. But Palmer would rather stay nine for the rest of his life than become a wringer. Then an unwanted visitor arrives on his windowsill, and Palmer knows it's a sign. Somehow, he must find a way to break tradition, stop being afraid and stand up for what he believes in. This enchanting story about rites of passage was the 1998 Newbery Honour Award winner.