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Touching Spirit Bear, Mikaelsen, Ben

Touching Spirit Bear

Authors: Mikaelsen, Ben
Genres: Action and Adventure, Realistic Fiction
Topics: Teen Topics
Series: Spirit Bear
Lexile: 670
Publisher: HarperCollins
BISAC/Subject: YAF058170, JUV002030, JUV039180
Grade: 3 - 12
ISBN: 9780062009685, Related ISBNs: 0062009680, 9780062009685, 9780380805600
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 256
Synopsis:

In his Nautilus Award-winning classic Touching Spirit Bear, author Ben Mikaelson delivers a powerful 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, most importantly, from himself.

Ben Mikaelsen paints a vivid picture of a juvenile offender, examining the roots of his anger without absolving 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.

A strong choice for independent reading, sharing in the classroom, homeschooling, and book groups.

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