Overcoming Violence, Exploring Leadership, and Coming of Age! In the incredible novel Touching Spirit Bear, Cole spent a year on an Alaskan island making peace with himself and the student he beat up. Now Cole and Peter, his former victim and now best friend, must return to their homes and regular lives. But he soon finds out that surviving the wilderness is easier than surviving the violence and hatred of high school. He feels his anger returning when Peter becomes the target of new bullies at school. Finally, one student's suicide as a result of all the bullying makes Cole realize that he must do something to stop the violence. Can he convince the principal to let him try to help heal the students the way that he was healed on his journey with the spirit bear?