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Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
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Sep 03, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: fictional-adventure, young-adult

15 year old Cole Matthews is not a nice boy. He lashes out at everyone and trusts only those who fear him. He fights and steals and hurts and snarls his way through life, deliberately deceiving those who try to help him to gain advantage for himself. When he brutally smashes a boy’s skull into the sidewalk, causing permanent brain damage, he faces Naive American Circle justice, who decrees his banishment to live alone on an Alaskan island. Only when he almost dies after being mauled by a mysterious white bear does he begin to face himself and learn to deal with his rage and make restitution for the harm he has caused. Because of the strong central character and the adventures he has, the book will appeal to ages from junior high on up. Although the ending is almost too pat, the book is positive, showing hard, realistic, positive change. However, the story requires a sequel. Cole has not yet tested his changed self on his real life with his family and friends at home in the city.


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