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ISBN13: 9780380805600
ISBN10: 038080560x
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Shadow , November 28, 2012 (view all comments by Shadow )
Touching Spirit Bear
by: Ben Mikaelsen

I really like touching spirit bear it is a really good book for all levels of reading, 6th grade and up. It teaches a great lesson to Cole, a young man who needs to find a reason to live in life. There is one quote that really stands out to me and that quote is, ‘’my fault’’ this is a good quote that was reminding me throughout the whole book that Cole did realize something. I think the overall theme of this book teaches a great lesson about always being able to change for the better. This is a great book for anyone that is looking for a good, quick reading, and lesson teaching book.

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S A, March 15, 2012 (view all comments by S A)
My first impression of this book is that it is good overall but there are some weak spots. Much of the dialogue seems a little too stiff and structured to be real. I have also found that while circle justice is practiced in some states it is implausible that someone would be put on a remote island with their attacker. The worst part of this book was the stiff dialogue, it never flowed or went anywhere. THe best part of this book were the descriptions of events and scenery that painted a vivid picture in my mind. Once again this was a good not great book with excellent descriptions and faulty dialogue.
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kylewh16, March 15, 2012 (view all comments by kylewh16)
I thougth that this book was pretty interesting. It kept my attention and was interesting. I think that there needs to be more action though. It is not like other books. It seems like it has it's own category. The characters fit in and are interesing to learn about. I like how some of the characters changed and bacame better. I think that it should have taken a little bit more time and adventure to do it though. The book is good with describng things too. You can almost always imagine what is going on in your head. Still, I do recommend it to all ages and interests.
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chrzfamily, March 15, 2012 (view all comments by chrzfamily)
I thought that Touching Spirit Bear was really good. I liked the plot and the characters. I think that it was good that the author added the part when Cole gets attacked by the bear. Also I think that it is good when Peter goes to the island. I think that it is bad when his dad basically disowns him and his mom then takes ownership of him. Cole in the future will make more friends.
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Mat, April 7, 2009 (view all comments by Mat)
I just finished teaching this book in my 9th Grade English class in a low income junior high school. The kids really liked the book a lot. The reading level worked out well; most students had no problem reading it, but it still kept the interest of the higher level students. There are a lot of great lessons for 9th grade students in this book like not being controlled by outside forces, and caring for other individuals. I think many of my students identified with the main character who is labelled as a "juvenile delinquent." The only thing the students didn't really like was the ending. (When we were graphing the plot, many said the climax was when the main character, Cole, gets mauled by a bear. This occurs very early in the story.) Overall, it is a great book for students. I'd teach it again.
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Mikaelson, Ben
by Ben Mikaelsen
New York
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Indians of north america
Ethnic - Native American
Social Situations - General
Social Situations - Emotions & Feelings
Animals - Bears
Social Situations - Violence
Child abuse
Juvenile delinquents
Tlingit Indians
People & Places - United States - Native American
Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings
Social Issues - Violence
Indians of North America -- Alaska.
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Spirit Bear
Series Volume:
no. 431-S
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 5
7.61x5.19x.59 in. .38 lbs.
Age Level:

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Product details 256 pages HarperTrophy - English 9780380805600 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Mikaelsen paints a realistic portrait of an unlikable young punk."
"Review" by , "Mikaelsen's portrayal of this angry, manipulative, damaged teen is dead on."
"Review" by , "[Cole's story] will fascinate young and old, and have everyone waiting for the sequel."
"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.

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"Synopsis" by , Whatever you do to the animals, you do to yourself. Remember that.

Ben Mikaelsen's provocative portrait of Cole, an angry teen who chooses banishment to a remote Alaskan island over detention as punishment for a brutal attack, has captivated reviewers and readers. A BookSense 76 pick in hardcover and a nominee for multiple state young reader awards, Touching Spirit Bear examines the alternative Native American Circle Justice against a backdrop of high action.

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