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2.7 out of 5 stars
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Wringer
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on 6 December 2001
This was a school-recommended book for summer holiday reading for my 9 year old. It is delightfully written - both touching and full of humour. Equally as appealing to adults and children. A well deserved award winning book. Its gruesome context should not put you off.
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on 13 July 2004
Only Jerry Spinelli could tell a story like this.
A young boy in an American town where they have an annual pigeon shoot out fest.
But for me, he almost didn't pull it off.
This was a book of two halves.
I found the story slow to develop initially, and harder than I expected to get into with not a huge amount happening in the first fifty pages.
The exploration of why Palmer didn't want to be a wringer was slightly over laboured, and lacking a bit in, well, excitement really.
But as I said, this was a book for me of two halves.
The second half really picks up the pace and builds up the suspense brilliantly making for a much more sastisfying read.
One things for sure, I promise after reading this that you'll think differently about pigeons.
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on 15 May 1999
The subject of this book is children wringing the necks of pigeons blasted out of the sky with shotguns. It describes the killing in detail. Other features include children beating up other children, a child warming a dead rodent in a microwave,a gang of boys stalking and cruelly tormenting a girl, and adults turning a blind eye to kids" violence.This is not a Monty Python type of outrageousness.This pretends to be literary- the message being that one child can buck the system. But the horrors are so belaboured and so graphic that any redeeming feature is lost. This book is highly unsuitable for children.
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