Wringer Author:Jerry Spinelli He was not aware that he ever stopped crying.In his sleep a voice echoed down the long dark barrel of a cannon: You have run out of birthdays. In the morning he awoke suddenly to a flutter of wings. — Birthdays are an obsession where Palmer comes from, but if turning a year older means initiation into a violent practice he despises, he'd rath... more »er not. Unfortunately, Palmer cannot stop time any more than he can change tradition. So as this next and most important birthday approaches, Palmer knows that it's now or never. Something must be done.« less
The reading level for this book is posted on the back cover as 4.5, but I really think the content is more appropriate for a teenager or young adult. Even though it would be a very easy book for an older child to read, it just doesn't seem appropriate for ages 9-12.
The book was informative and I enjoyed reading and feeling most of the emotions of the characters.
Back of Book-
The Pigeon's eye is like a polished shirt button.The pigeon's eye is orange with a smaller black button in the center. It looks up at him. It does not blink. It seems as if the bird is about to speak, but it does not. Only the voices speak: "Wring it! Wring it! Wring it!"
He cannot. he cannot wring it, nor can he let go. he wants to let go, desperately, but his fingers are stone. And the voices chant "Wring it! Wring it!" and the orange eye stares.