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    by Ben Mikaelsen

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Touching Spirit Bear

Author: Ben Mikaelsen

Interest Level:
6-8

Lexile Framework:
670L

Grade Level Equivalent:
5.4

Guided Reading Level:
Y

Age:
11-13

Genre:
Realistic Fiction

Subject:
Native American, Courage, Bravery, Heroism, Equality, Fairness, Justice, Pride and Self-Esteem, Respect, Friends and Friendship, Parents, Survival

About This Book

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 a 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 life, 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.

Praise for Touching Spirit Bear

"Mikaelsen tells a gory survival story that evolves into an inspiring and sophisticated coming-of-age journey... Cole's journey to self-realization and truth through hardship, confrontation, and ritual will fascinate young and old...and have everyone waiting for the sequel." — Voice of Youth Advocates


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