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Touching Spirit Bear

  Mikaelsen, Ben


Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of Pages: 241
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Genres:

Realistic fiction
Adventure/Survival

Material Type/Location:

Junior High Fiction

Reading Level:

4-5
6-8

Awards:

Voice of Youth Award Nominee

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Why I liked this title:

Anger is a tough thing. Sometimes it can eat you up inside and soon you feel anger all the time. That is Cole's problem. He has so much anger inside him that he lashes out at anyone who gets near him. When he brings great harm to a fellow classmate, Cole is given the choice of going to prison or agreeing to participate in an alternate sentence that is based on Native American Circle Justice. Thinking the alternate sentence is a cakewalk compared to prison, Cole chooses it. He is sent to a remote island in Alaska where he encounters a huge Spirit Bear. This encounter will leave Cole's life hanging in the balance. You will have to read the book to find out if Cole survives and if this bear attack will change how he faces life. This book is so incredibly good. It starts out slowly but then, wow, it picks up and you can't put it down.

Reviewed by: Linda Sawyer on 12/17/2004

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