by Jerry Spinelli Year Published: Challenging
Palmer LaRue lives in fear of his tenth birthday. At the town "Family Fest," a pigeon shooting contest ends the festivities, and boys ten and above must wring the necks of pigeons who are not killed. Palmer does not want to become a wringer, but he also doesn't want to alienate his friends, who consider it a rite of passage. Then one day, a pigeon lands outside Palmer's bedroom window, ...and Palmer lets it in.