Touching Spirit Bear Ben Mikaelsen

Touching Spirit Bear

Author: Ben Mikaelsen
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Book Title
Touching Spirit Bear
Author
Ben Mikaelsen
ISBN
9780060734008
In his Nautilus Award-winning classic Touching Spirit Bear, author Ben Mikaelson delivers a powerful 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, most importantly, from himself.Ben Mikaelsen paints a vivid picture of a juvenile offender, examining the roots of his anger without absolving 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.A strong choice for independent reading, sharing in the classroom, homeschooling, and book groups.--ALA BooklistBinding Type: PaperbackAuthor: Ben MikaelsenPublisher: HarperCollinsPublished: 01/04/2005ISBN: 9780060734008Pages: 320Weight: 0.34lbsSize: 6.80h x 4.26w x 0.87dReview Citations: Ingram Children's Advance 01/01/2005 pg. 58Kliatt 01/01/2005 pg. 16Accelerated Reader Quiz #/Name: 45132 / Touching Spirit BearReading Level: 5.3 / Interest Level: Middle Grade / Point Value: 9

In his Nautilus Award-winning classic Touching Spirit Bear, author Ben Mikaelson delivers a powerful 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, most importantly, from himself.

Ben Mikaelsen paints a vivid picture of a juvenile offender, examining the roots of his anger without absolving 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.

A strong choice for independent reading, sharing in the classroom, homeschooling, and book groups.

--ALA Booklist

Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Ben Mikaelsen
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: 01/04/2005
ISBN: 9780060734008
Pages: 320
Weight: 0.34lbs
Size: 6.80h x 4.26w x 0.87d

Review Citations: Ingram Children's Advance 01/01/2005 pg. 58
Kliatt 01/01/2005 pg. 16

Accelerated Reader Quiz #/Name: 45132 / Touching Spirit Bear
Reading Level: 5.3 / Interest Level: Middle Grade / Point Value: 9

In his Nautilus Award-winning classic Touching Spirit Bear, author Ben Mikaelson delivers a powerful 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, most importantly, from himself.

Ben Mikaelsen paints a vivid picture of a juvenile offender, examining the roots of his anger without absolving 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.

A strong choice for independent reading, sharing in the classroom, homeschooling, and book groups.

--ALA Booklist

Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Ben Mikaelsen
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: 01/04/2005
ISBN: 9780060734008
Pages: 320
Weight: 0.34lbs
Size: 6.80h x 4.26w x 0.87d

Review Citations: Ingram Children's Advance 01/01/2005 pg. 58
Kliatt 01/01/2005 pg. 16

Accelerated Reader Quiz #/Name: 45132 / Touching Spirit Bear
Reading Level: 5.3 / Interest Level: Middle Grade / Point Value: 9