Teen Books That Have Something to Say
by Jerry Spinelli
Palmer does not fit into his town. In his town, when boys become 10 years old, they bcome wringers—boys who ring the necks of pigeons shot at the annual Pigeon Day shooting event. Palmer desperately does not want to become a wringer. He is sickened by the cruelty. That alone will make him the target of bullying and taunting if anyone finds out.
But to make things even worse, Palmer finds a pigeon and begins keeping him as a pet, opening up his window each night to let the pigeon in. As the shooting event draws nearer, he worries that someone will see him—or worse, that the pigeon will get killed. Palmer faces increased peer pressure, and has to decide if he will join the other boys in wringing pigeons' necks, or if he'll take a stand and face the consequences. A book with a lot of suspense and emotion, this is a great read about feeling different, experiencing peer pressure, and summoning up courage.
The main character is younger in age, but don't let that stop you from reading this wonderful book.
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