Wringer

Paperback | September 1, 1998

byJerry Spinelli

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Palmer LaRue is running out of birthdays. For as long as he can remember, he's dreaded the day he turns ten -- the day he'll take his place beside all the other ten-year-old boys in town, the day he'll be a wringer. But Palmer doesn't want to be a wringer. It's one of the first things he learned about himself and it's one of the biggest things he has to hide. In Palmer's town being a wringer is an honor, a tradition passed down from father to son. Palmer can't stop himself from being a wringer just like he can't stop himself from growing one year older, just like he can't stand up to a whole town -- right? Newbery Medal winner Jerry Spinelli's most powerful novel yet is a gripping tale of how one boy learns how not to be afraid.

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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 wind...

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Palmer LaRue is running out of birthdays. For as long as he can remember, he's dreaded the day he turns ten -- the day he'll take his place beside all the other ten-year-old boys in town, the day he'll be a wringer. But Palmer doesn't want to be a wringer. It's one of the first things he learned about himself and it's one of the bigges...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 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

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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.