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Jerry Spinelli

A novel set in a town that celebrates an annual Pigeon Day, on which pigeons are released into the air and shot. Ten-year-old boys act as “wringers”, collecting injured pigeons and wringing their necks to put them out of their misery. Nine-year-old protagonist Palmer is pressured by his friends into becoming a wringer but finds a companion in a pigeon, “Nipper”. As the annual Pigeon Day approaches, a budding crush combined with peer pressure lead to events that put Nipper in danger…

· · 1997

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Spinelli, Jerry. Wringer. HarperTeen, 1997. 228 pp., ISBN 9780060592820

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