This book offers powerful life lessons as a troubled teen struggles to learn how to manage his anger, accept responsibility and change the direction oThis book offers powerful life lessons as a troubled teen struggles to learn how to manage his anger, accept responsibility and change the direction of his life. Cole Matthews finds himself banished to an Alaskan island as an alternative to jail time when he is invited to participate in a Native American tradition called Circle Justice. Through multiple encounters with the Spirit Bear, a near death mauling by the Spirit Bear and the support of his sponsors, Cole begins his journey toward healing.
I found this book a very compelling and thought provoking read. However, in the interest of plot movement, readers found lots of “a-ha moments” where the internal groundwork to reach that insight receives a cursory treatment. Those with sufficient life experiences and background knowledge of Native American traditions and spiritual practices will successfully fill in the gaps. Teens and tweens engaged in careful reading will find tremendous insights, but may not realize the enormity of work and introspection required over a long period of reflection needed to make the lasting changes undergone by Cole. Still the inspiration and look at the life of a troubled teen should find an audience. ...more
This non-stop, action packed thriller gives one pause to ponder the deeper meaning of what it takes to survive, the nature of cruelty, and the decisioThis non-stop, action packed thriller gives one pause to ponder the deeper meaning of what it takes to survive, the nature of cruelty, and the decisions that show character, humanity and a will to be true to oneself that will become life changing. It also throws in a contemplation of what is and isn't under our control. However, all this thought is for after, as this book is one you can't put down and the characters are well drawn and powerful....more