Touching Spirit Bear (Paperback)

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In his Napra Nautilus Award-winning novel Touching Spirit Bear, author Ben Mikaelson delivers a poignant 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 from himself.

Praise For…

“Mikaelsen’s portrayal of this angry, manipulative, damaged teen is dead on.”

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

“Mikaelsen paints a realistic portrait of an unlikable young punk.”

“An excellent companion to Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet and Allan Eckert’s Incident at Hawk’s Hill.”

“[Cole’s story] will fascinate young and old, and have everyone waiting for the sequel.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780060734008
ISBN-10: 0060734000
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: January 4th, 2005
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: Spirit Bear