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Palmer LaRue dreads his approaching birthday because he does not want to be a wringer, one of the ten-year-old boys who breaks the necks of pigeons wounded at the town's pigeon shoot fund-raiser. When his three bullying friends suspect he is sheltering a stray pigeon, Palmer decides to take a personal stand against this annual rite of passage.
- Fiction, General Fiction
- John Newbery Medal 1998 (Honor Title)
- Middle, Older
- ISBN: (0-06-024913-7)