Book review by Tara L. Rivera, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Mesmerizing and disturbing moral allegory.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 27 reviews

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age 9+
Though the backdrop is disturbing (kids in the town are expected to kill a pigeon when they turn 10), the story itself is not. The main character learns to stand up for what he believes- even when his friends, parents, and the whole town have other expectations.
age 11+


I think this book is the best out of all the books ive read. It includes a lot of feelings. Palmer is a really good kid who doesnt like to wring the pigeons neck. Wringing a pigeons neck is what they do in their town. Unfortunately every person has to do this at a certain age. Star rate is 5 because it was incredible reading this book. It leaves a really good message.

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