Touching Spirit Bear by Ben MikaelsenTouching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen

Touching Spirit Bear

byBen Mikaelsen

Hardcover | January 9, 2001

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In his Napra Nautilus Award-winning novel Touching Spirit Bear, author Ben Mikaelson delivers a poignant coming-of-age story of a boy who must overcome the effects that violence has had on his life.

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 another option: attend Circle Justice, an alternative program that sends juvenile offenders to a remote Alaskan Island to focus on changing their ways. Desperate to avoid prison, Cole fakes humility and agrees 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 own anger cause him to examine his actions and seek redemption—from the spirit bear that attacked him, from his victims, and from himself.

"[Cole's] solitary life on the island is just the ticket for Paulsen fans, who will appreciate the survival story." (The Bulletin)
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Title:Touching Spirit BearFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.89 inPublished:January 9, 2001Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0380977443

ISBN - 13:9780380977444

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from A lesson in learning I first came across this book in 2004, thought it looked interesting and was not disappointed. The description of how Circle of Justice works was new to me and I thought it was an excellent concept. Having led quite an active outdoor life in my twenties I could well relate to the conditions that Cole experienced in his year on the island and how he was able to eventually find himself through being at one with nature. Personally I loved it, and made sure that I looked out for further books by this author. I was delighted when the sequel was published. (As an adjunct to all of the above, after I had returned to the UK lent the book to three of my grandchildren, two of whom needed to learn to understand how to control some of their moods and feelings and I am pleased to say that the two in question admitted that the story gave them plenty of food for thought.)
Date published: 2015-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It Changed My Life Honestly this bookchanged my life! I'm a sometimes angry person and this book was able to show me techniques throughout the story. It also has a great plotline and I just couldn't put it down!! I loved this book it is definitely worth 9$
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching Spirit Bear Loved this story! Decided to read it because my son was reading it for school, i can't believe i didn't read it sooner.
Date published: 2014-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from touching spirit bear!!! this is the best book i have ever read and really makes you want to change. and makes you really think. it is an awesome story and has some action in it. an other good book is sparrow hawk red, petey, ghost of spirit bear(second part of touching spirit bear), red midnight.
Date published: 2010-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! Mikaelsen takes you on an incredible journey of the soul.His writing creates amazing pictures in your mind. It's one of those " can't put it down" books, took me 4 hours to read! A must read for anyone!
Date published: 2010-05-15

Editorial Reviews

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