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Within Cole Matthews lie anger, rage and hate. Cole has been stealing and fighting for years. This time he caught Alex Driscal in the, parking lot and smashed his head against the sidewalk. Now, Alex may have permanent brain damage'and Cole is in the Biggest trouble of his life.

Cole is offered Circle Justice: a system based on Native American traditions that attempts to provide healing for the criminal offender, the victim and the, community. With prison as his only alternative, Cole plays along. He says he wants to repent, but in his heart Cole blames his alcoholic mom his, abusive dad, wimpy Alex — everyone but himself — for his situation.

Cole receives a one-year banishment to a remote Alaskan island. There, he is mauled by Mysterious white bear of Native American legend. Hideously injured, Cole waits for his death His thoughts shift from from Anger to humility. To survive, he must stop blaming others and take responsibility for his life. Rescuers arrive to save Cole's but it is the attack of the Spirit Bear that may save his soul.

Ben Mikaelsen paints a vivid picture of a juvenile offender, examining the roots without absolving solving 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

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Sent to a remote Alaskan island as part of an alternative program after attacking a classmate, Cole Matthews has a chance to straighten out his life. On this island, Cole's rage and isolation lead him to a brazen attack on the Spirit Bear of Native American legend, and the clumsy assault ends with Cole mauled nearly to death, desperately clinging to the life he had tried so hard to waste.

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After severely injuring Peter Driscal in an empty parking lot, troublemaker Cole Matthews is in major trouble. But instead of jail time, Cole is given an alternative: a one-year banishment to a remote Alaskan island. This program—called Circle Justice—is based on Native American traditions that provide healing for the criminal mind. To avoid serious jail time, Cole resolves 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 violent anger cause him to examine the root of his troubled ways.

Author Ben Mikaelson delivers a poignant depiction of the vicious cycle of violence and one boy's journey to healing.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Synopsis:

Within Cole Matthews lie anger, rage, and hate. Cole has been stealing, fighting, and lying for years. His attack on a classmate have left the boy with permanent physical and deep psychological damage and Cole in the biggest trouble of his life. To most, Cole seems beyond hope. But when he's offered a chance at an alternative path called Circle Justice, based on native American tradition, Cole finds himself banished to a remote Alaskan Island, where his rage and isolation lead him to another brazen attack. This time, his intended victim is the Spirit Bear of native American legend — and the clumsy assault ends with Cole mauled nearly to death, desperately clinging to the life he had tried so hard to waste. Rescuers arrive to save Cole's life, but it is the attack of the Spirit Bear that begins Cole's long journey to accepting responsibility for his life and saving his soul. This gripping, graphic survival story from an award-winning writer paints an unsparing picture of one violent teen and offers a poignant testimony to the power of pain that can destroy and may also heal.

About the Author

Ben Mikaelsen is the winner of the International Reading Association Award and the Western Writers of America Spur Award. His novels have been nominated for and won many state reader's choice awards. These novels include Red Midnight, Rescue Josh McGuire, Sparrow Hawk Red, Stranded, Countdown, Petey, and Tree Girl. Ben's articles and photos appear in numerous magazines around the world. Ben lives near Bozeman, Montana, with his 700-pound black bear, Buffy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780380977444
Author:
Mikaelsen, Ben
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Author:
by Ben Mikaelsen
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Ethnic - Native American
Subject:
Social Situations - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Children's stories
Subject:
Animals - Bears
Subject:
Social Situations - Violence
Subject:
Forgiveness
Subject:
People & Places - United States - Native American
Subject:
Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Social Issues - Violence
Subject:
Child abuse
Subject:
Indians of North America -- Alaska.
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
EDO-SO-2000-7
Publication Date:
20010131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.51x5.76x.91 in. .80 lbs.
Age Level:
09-12

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Product details 256 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780380977444 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Sent to a remote Alaskan island as part of an alternative program after attacking a classmate, Cole Matthews has a chance to straighten out his life. On this island, Cole's rage and isolation lead him to a brazen attack on the Spirit Bear of Native American legend, and the clumsy assault ends with Cole mauled nearly to death, desperately clinging to the life he had tried so hard to waste.
"Synopsis" by , After severely injuring Peter Driscal in an empty parking lot, troublemaker Cole Matthews is in major trouble. But instead of jail time, Cole is given an alternative: a one-year banishment to a remote Alaskan island. This program—called Circle Justice—is based on Native American traditions that provide healing for the criminal mind. To avoid serious jail time, Cole resolves 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 violent anger cause him to examine the root of his troubled ways.

Author Ben Mikaelson delivers a poignant depiction of the vicious cycle of violence and one boy's journey to healing.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

"Synopsis" by , Within Cole Matthews lie anger, rage, and hate. Cole has been stealing, fighting, and lying for years. His attack on a classmate have left the boy with permanent physical and deep psychological damage and Cole in the biggest trouble of his life. To most, Cole seems beyond hope. But when he's offered a chance at an alternative path called Circle Justice, based on native American tradition, Cole finds himself banished to a remote Alaskan Island, where his rage and isolation lead him to another brazen attack. This time, his intended victim is the Spirit Bear of native American legend — and the clumsy assault ends with Cole mauled nearly to death, desperately clinging to the life he had tried so hard to waste. Rescuers arrive to save Cole's life, but it is the attack of the Spirit Bear that begins Cole's long journey to accepting responsibility for his life and saving his soul. This gripping, graphic survival story from an award-winning writer paints an unsparing picture of one violent teen and offers a poignant testimony to the power of pain that can destroy and may also heal.
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