Touching Spirit Bear

Touching Spirit Bear

by Ben Mikaelsen

HarperCollins | January 4, 2005 | Trade Paperback

Touching Spirit Bear is rated 5 out of 5 by 5.

After severely injuring Peter Driscal in an empty parking lot, mischief-maker Cole Matthews is in major trouble. But instead of jail time, Cole is given an alternative: a one-year banishment to a remote Alaskan island.

This program—called Circle Justice—is based on Native American traditions that provide healing for the criminal mind. To avoid serious jail time, Cole resolves to go.

While there, Cole is mauled by a mysterious white bear and left for dead. Thoughts of his abusive parents, helpless Peter, and his intense anger cause him to examine the root of his troubled ways and seek redemption—from the spirit bear that attacked him, from his victims, and from himself.

Author Ben Mikaelson delivers a poignant depiction of the vicious cycle of violence and one boy’s journey to healing.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.8 in

Published: January 4, 2005

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060734000

ISBN - 13: 9780060734008

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Touching Spirit Bear

Touching Spirit Bear

by Ben Mikaelsen

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.8 in

Published: January 4, 2005

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060734000

ISBN - 13: 9780060734008

About the Book

Mikaelsen's award-winning tale of a juvenile offender's banishment at the hands of Native American Circle Justice now includes a reading group guide and questions, and an interview with the author.

From the Publisher

After severely injuring Peter Driscal in an empty parking lot, mischief-maker Cole Matthews is in major trouble. But instead of jail time, Cole is given an alternative: a one-year banishment to a remote Alaskan island.

This program—called Circle Justice—is based on Native American traditions that provide healing for the criminal mind. To avoid serious jail time, Cole resolves to go.

While there, Cole is mauled by a mysterious white bear and left for dead. Thoughts of his abusive parents, helpless Peter, and his intense anger cause him to examine the root of his troubled ways and seek redemption—from the spirit bear that attacked him, from his victims, and from himself.

Author Ben Mikaelson delivers a poignant depiction of the vicious cycle of violence and one boy’s journey to healing.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts

From the Jacket

Will the attack of the Spirit Bear destroy Cole's life or save his soul?

Cole Matthews has been fighting, stealing, and raising hell for years. So his punishment for beating Peter Driscal senseless is harsh. Given a choice between prison and Native American Circle Justice, Cole chooses Circle Justice: He'll spend one year in complete isolation on a remote Alaskan island. In the first days of his banishment, Cole is mauled by a mysterious white bear and nearly dies. Now there's no one left to save Cole, but Cole himself.

About the Author

Ben Mikaelsen is the winner of the International Reading Association Award and the Western Writers of America Spur Award. His novels have been nominated for and won many state reader's choice awards. These novels include Red Midnight, Rescue Josh McGuire, Sparrow Hawk Red, Stranded, Countdown, Petey, and Tree Girl. Ben's articles and photos appear in numerous magazines around the world. Ben lives near Bozeman, Montana, with his 700-pound black bear, Buffy.

Editorial Reviews

“[Cole’s story] will fascinate young and old, and have everyone waiting for the sequel.”

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17