Touching Spirit Bear

Touching Spirit Bear

Hardcover | January 9, 2001

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.

This novel supports the Common Core State Standards.

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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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Within Cole Matthews lie anger, rage and hate. Cole has been stealing and fighting for years. This time he caught Alex Driscal in the, parking lot and smashed his head against the sidewalk. Now, Alex may have permanent brain damage'and Cole is in the Biggest trouble of his life.Cole is offered Circle Justice: a system based on Native A...

"[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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Format: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

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