Touching Spirit Bear:

Touching Spirit Bear:

Paperback | April 30, 2002

byBen Mikaelsen

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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

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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. T...

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Whatever you do to the animals, you do to yourself. Remember that.At fifteen, Cole Matthews has been fighting and stealing for years. The punishment for smashing Peter Driscal's skull into the sidewalk—his most recent crime—is harsh. This time, Cole will have to choose between prison and Native American Circle Justice. He will live eit...

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 includeRed Midnight,Rescue Josh McGuire,Sparrow Hawk Red,Stranded,Countdown,Petey,andTree Girl. Ben's articles and photos ap...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.51 inPublished:April 30, 2002Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:038080560X

ISBN - 13:9780380805600

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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