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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 »
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ISBN-13: 9780590037105
ISBN-10: 0590037102
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 228
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 25 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic
Book Type: Paperback
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My daughter read this book when she was 9 and loved it!
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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.
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A boy faaces the trumoil of grwoing up.
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A Newberry honor book by a great author.
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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.