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Series: Joanna Cotler Bks.
Category: Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Violence/Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings/Juvenile Fiction / General/Juvenile Fiction / Animals / Birds/
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Release Date: 09/30/1997
Age Range: 8-12
Synopsis: He did not want to be a wringer.Palmer LaRue is rnning out of birthdays. For as long as he can remember, hes dreaded the day he turns ten, the day hes supposed to become a wringer.This thing, this not wanting to be a wringer, did it ever knock him from his bike? Unite his sneaker lace? Call him a name? Stand up and fight?Palmer thinks that becoming a wringer is something he cant stop...until the day a visitor shows up at his window.It was simply, merely there, a whisper of featherwings, reminding him of the moment he dreaded above all others.Should he open the window?In his dreams the moment had already come.Should he invite fear into his room?In his dreams he looks down to find his hands around the neck of the pigeon.What is it like to be hated?For much of his life Palmer Larue had felt he was standing at the edge of a black, bottomless hole. On the fifty-ninth day before his tenth birthday, he fell in.Palmer LaRue is running out of birthdays. For as long as he can remember, hes dreaded the day he turns ten -- the day hell take his place beside all the other ten-year-old boys in town, the day hell be a wringer. But Palmer doesnt want to be a wringer. Its one of the first things he learned about himself and its one of the biggest things he has to hide. In Palmers town being a wringer is an honor, a tradition passed down from father to son. Palmer cant stop himself from being a wringer just like he cant stop himself from growing one year older, just like he cant stand up to a whole town -- right? Newbery Medal winner Jerry Spinellis most powerful novel yet is a gripping tale of how one boy learns how not to be afraid.
Awards: Buckeye Childrens Book Award – null Carolyn W. Field Award (Pennsylvania Library Association) – null Charlie May Simon Childrens Book Award – null Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award – null American Library Association Notable Books for Children – null Black-Eyed Susan Book Award – null Colorado Childrens Book Award – null Flicker Tale Childrens Book Award – null Georgia Childrens Book Award – null Great Lakes Great Books Award – null Newbery Medal – null Prairie Pasque Award – null SCASL Book Award (South Carolina) – null School Library Journal Best Books of the Year – null William Allen White Childrens Book Award – null Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Book Award – null Young Readers Choice Award – null
Height: 0.84 inches
Width: 5.31 inches
Length: 7.78 inches
Weight: 12.84 oz