Touching Spirit Bear (Hardcover)

By Ben Mikaelsen

HarperCollins Publishers, 9780380977444, 256pp.

Publication Date: January 9, 2001

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Description

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 Touching Spirit Bear

“Mikaelsen’s portrayal of this angry, manipulative, damaged teen is dead on.”
-School Library Journal (starred review)

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

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

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

“[Cole’s story] will fascinate young and old, and have everyone waiting for the sequel.”
-Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

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