“Deeply felt. Presents a moral question with great care and sensitivity.”
New York Times
“[A] spellbinding story about rites of passage.”
Starred Review/ Publishers’
“As in Maniac Magree, Spinelli invests a realistic story with the intensity of a fable.”
Starred Review The Horn Book
From the Back Cover
For as long as he can remember, Palmer has dreaded his birthdays. On his ninth birthday he has to take The Treatment, to be initiated into the coolest gang in town. On his tenth birthday, he has to become a wringer and finish off the pigeons at the annual pigeon-shoot. But Palmer has to find a way to break this tradition, to stop being afraid and stand up for what he truly believes in.
"In Spinelli's hands, the bizarre never alienates, it fascinates. Wringer closes with physical and emotional bravery which is almost literally breathtaking. Palmer Larue is truly a memorable hero."
"Weird and pacey, this novel is utterly compelling with boy characters who never fail to convince."
"The novel is a brilliant exposition of the way boys subscribe to cruelty in order to belong."