The chapter book Wringer, by Jerry Spinelli, is about a boy who is from a town that annually has a fundraiser where they shoot pigeons with shotguns to raise money for a playground. In this town, ten-year-old boys all learn how to find the pigeons that aren't dead, and wring their necks to put them out of their misery. The main character, Palmer, refuses to participate in this, but is later shamed into going by his friends. While he is their, Palmer finds a pigeon that he names Nipper. When he decides to release the bird, he finds out he released the bird near the sight that they were catching pigeons for the fundraiser. You will have to read the book to find out if he is able to save Nipper or not.
This book is too mature for children in the grades kindergarten through third. It is a great book, but it deals with more than little kids could understand. This book includes the life and death of animals, but the I don't think the younger students will get that the young children are killing the pigeons. This is a book that would be great for a fifth grader. The difficulty level in this book is pretty high, but it is very manageable. This is an amazing book that should be read.