Touching Spirit Bear

Touching Spirit Bear

by Ben Mikaelsen

HarperCollins | January 9, 2001 | Hardcover

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.

This novel 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 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

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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, 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.

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