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Touching Spirit Bear
Contributor(s): Mikaelsen, Ben (Author)

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ISBN: 038080560X     ISBN-13: 9780380805600
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: April 2002
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Annotation: Mikaelsen's provocative portrait of Cole, an angry teen who chooses banishment to a remote Alaskan island over detention as punishment for a brutal attack, has captivated reviewers and readers as it examines the alternative Native American Circle Justice.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Young Adult Fiction | Social Themes - Physical & Emotional Abuse (see Also Social Themes - Sexual
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 0040702
Age Level: 8-12
Grade Level: 3-7
Lexile Measure: 730(Not Available)
Guided Reading: Y (Grade 6)
Series: Spirit Bear
Physical Information: 0.59" H x 5.19" W x 7.61" (0.38 lbs) 256 pages
Themes:
- Geographic Orientation - Alaska
- Ethnic Orientation - Native American
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 45132
Reading Level: 5.3   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 9.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
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


Contributor Bio(s): Mikaelsen, Ben: -

Ben Mikaelsen is the winner of the International Reading Association Award and the Western Writers of America Spur Award. His novels have been nominated for and won many state reader's choice awards. These novels include Red Midnight, Rescue Josh McGuire, Sparrow Hawk Red, Stranded, Countdown, Petey, and Tree Girl. Ben's articles and photos appear in numerous magazines around the world. Ben lives near Bozeman, Montana, with his 700-pound black bear, Buffy.


 
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