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Touching Spirit Bear

by Ben Mikaelsen

HarperCollins | January 9, 2001 | Hardcover

Touching Spirit Bear is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.

After severely injuring Peter Driscal in an empty parking lot, troublemaker 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 violent anger cause him to examine the root of his troubled ways.

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

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.89 in

Published: January 9, 2001

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0380977443

ISBN - 13: 9780380977444

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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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

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Touching Spirit Bear

Touching Spirit Bear

by Ben Mikaelsen

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.89 in

Published: January 9, 2001

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0380977443

ISBN - 13: 9780380977444

From the Publisher

After severely injuring Peter Driscal in an empty parking lot, troublemaker 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 violent anger cause him to examine the root of his troubled ways.

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

Supports the Common Core State Standards

From the Jacket

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 American traditions that attempts to provide healing for the criminal offender, the victim and the, community. With prison as his only alternative, Cole plays along. He says he wants to repent, but in his heart Cole blames his alcoholic mom his, abusive dad, wimpy Alex -- everyone but himself -- for his situation.

Cole receives a one-year banishment to a remote Alaskan island. There, he is mauled by Mysterious white bear of Native American legend. Hideously injured, Cole waits for his death His thoughts shift from from Anger to humility. To survive, he must stop blaming others and take responsibility for his life. Rescuers arrive to save Cole's but it is the attack of the Spirit Bear that may save his soul.

Ben Mikaelsen paints a vivid picture of a juvenile offender, examining the roots without absolving solving him of responsibility for his actions, and questioning a society in which angry people make victims of their peers and communities. Touching Spirit Bear is a poignant testimonial to the power of a pain that can destroy, or lead to healing

About the Author

"[Cole's] solitary life on the island is just the ticket for Paulsen fans, who will appreciate the survival story." (The Bulletin)

Editorial Reviews

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

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12