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  • Title: Touching Spirit Bear
  • Author: Ben Mikaelsen
  • ISBN: 9780060734008
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 resolveAfter 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.
    Touching Spirit Bear 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 A

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    1. if we were just judging the first half of this book, the rating would be higher the second half of this book really just irritated me, and made me wary of reading the sequel, which i have already purchased oopse first half is about an angry kid, taking out his rage on other people he reminded me of that kid from that svu episode with luke perry and sara gilbert who was all hyperactive lunatic raaaar child but this kid s rage caused him to beat another boy so severely, he has irreparable brain da [...]

    2. I read this book with my students during reading class and they really enjoyed it I teach students with Intellectual Disabilities that are high school students, but are at an upper elementary reading level This book was interesting to both my males and my females One student enjoyed the book so much that she read ahead and finished it and then finished the second book, all by the time the class finished the first book I enjoyed this book enough that I want to read the second book this summer Col [...]

    3. This was a brilliant book by Ben Mikaelson TOUCHING SPIRIT BEAR reads like an intelligent adult novel I loved this story of Native American wisdom and a lost boy trying to find his way.

    4. Cole, a very generic juvenile delinquent from a very generic abusive family, is generically filled with rage and lies he appears on course for a life perpetually in and out of prison, but then he gets drawn into the alternative Circle Justice system Somehow this gets him shipped out to a remote island in Southeast Alaska to be outdoorsy for a year, mostly alone but occasionally visited by Tlingit mentors who disgorge a steady stream of tough love and folksy wisdom Cole screws up immediately, bur [...]

    5. This is a phenomenal book Through out the year almost all of my kids read it and usually in a day or two The story tells of a boy, Cole, who has an extremely misguided life due to his family situation After beating a kid close to death he is sent to live on an island by himself for a year trying to heal his anger This was his only alternative to going to jail The book is intense and a bit graphic in Chapter 8 when he encounters a spirit bear The books sheds great light into the healing process o [...]

    6. THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAINS SPOILERS READ AT YOUR OWN RISK I didn t like this book The main character, Cole, is unlikeable right from the beginning when he smashes Peter s head into the sidewalk As the book goes on, you start to learn a bit about Cole s past You learn his father beat him That s why he s like that, that s why he is violent Honestly, they tried to make Cole seem like a better person throughout the book, but it didn t work for me I still thought Cole was a bad person He was still viol [...]

    7. I love this book No matter how many times I read it, I enjoy it each time Cole is such a well written character, and all that he goes through is incredible This was the first year I actually got to teach the book and I m glad The students found his experiences horrific, and we were able to have many great discussions on Cole, his situation, and the book itself There is a lot to be learned from this book, whether you re the bully or the victim, and I think this book should be read by all students [...]

    8. This book is so problematic The author makes reference to supposedly Tlingit traditions, but they re not based on anything the Tlingit actually do They don t just work with the courts to banish young offenders to remote islands and be all, Well, I ll be back in a few weeks to see if you re still alive See ya, kid The magical wise First Nations elder trope is really, really problematic, especially when the author doesn t take the time to accurately represent FN culture The writing and characteriz [...]

    9. I love this book Theres a lot you can learn from it Although I admit theres a lot of wierd things in it but it helped me realize it was important to control my temper This is a book that people with anger problems should read.

    10. Touching Spirit Bear is a novel geared towards ten year olds though while reading it, the idea of fourth or fifth graders reading about seagulls eating a boy s flesh made me a bit uncomfortable It tells the story of Cole Mathews, an abused, arrogant, aggressive high school boy who has committed many crimes in his short lifetime on Earth To avoid jail after brutally assaulting a boy, he joins Circle Justice, a group dedicated to helping criminals repent and change He is banished to an island whic [...]

    11. This book is about a juvenile boy named Cole He gets sent to a island with nothing but a shelter and some clothes and other supplies The first day he burns down the shelter After days he sees the Spirit bear and gets mauled he deserved it After he goes to the hospital he goes back to the island and everyone lived happily ever after the end There s I just hate spoilers.This book was horrible The only reason I read this garbage is because we were being tested on it I know you weren t supposed to [...]

    12. Cole Matthews is an angry teen who has been caught stealing and fighting for years One day Cole runs into a fellow classmate, Peter, and fights him During this fight Cole smashes Peter s head into the sidewalk and causes permanent brain damage Instead of jail time or being send to a special home, Cole is offered Circle Justice a system based on Native American traditions that attempts to provide healing for the criminal offender Cole plays along with the sentence It is only after he gets mauled [...]

    13. This book was very slow at the start It is about Cole Matthews, a juvenile delinquent, who smashes Peter s head into the cement He goes to court They decided to give him to circle justice, a peace group They send him to an island There, Cole is mauled by the Spirit Bear, a mystical creature Cole is rescued and flown to a Minneapolis hospital After rehab, he is given a second shot at the island This time he truly changes He faces his problems head on and invites Peter to the island Will the dispu [...]

    14. This book is pretty good so far it is about a boy named cole who is mad at the world and blames everything on everyone else

    15. Ben Mikaelsen s novel Touching Spirit Bear is about a 15 year old boy named Cole Cole is always angry, at his parents, at other people, and about how much he hates his life He beats up one of his classmates, a boy named Peter, and as a result of this beating, Peter has permanent damage In an attempt to avoid jail, Cole goes through a program called Circle Justice, which focuses on helping kids instead of sending them to jail He is sent to an island in Alaska, completely on his own This is to try [...]

    16. Kierra Mandell ReviewTouching Spirit BearTouching Spirit Bear is about a kid named Cole who is a juvenile He s done many bad things, but this time he almost beat a kid until he was dead Cole went through Circle Justice, and ended up having to be marooned on an island for a year, to heal The first day he burned all of his supplies Then he tried to swim to another island He swam against the current, and was so cold he had to swim back He was weak so he lied on the sand, when all of a sudden he see [...]

    17. Totally a guy book And so worth your time, guy or girl Based on the Justice Circles performed by the natives in Alaska, this story involves a young man named Cole His life is headed south when he violently beats up another young man in a brutal manner His punishment is bordering a prison or jail sentence when his social worker decides to offer him a chance at redemption he must be banished to an island for a year and learn to understand himself, others, and the world around him In his efforts th [...]

    18. Touching Spirit Bear is about a juvenile delinquent named Cole Matthews He has been stealing and lying for years, but everyone has had it out of hm when he beats Peter Driscal s skull into the sidewalk for ratting out on him Peter then has speech and coordination issues Cole is given a chance in Circle Justice in which he lives in isolation on an Alaskan island for one year At first, he did this only to avoid jail He even tries to escape the island, but fails He is later mauled by a white bear, [...]

    19. I wasn t very fond of Touching Spirit Bear It kept changing what was happening and it was weird This book was a young adult book I wouldn t recommend this book to anyone It had good description but it could have been better We had to read the book for school and most of my friends didn t like the book.

    20. I loved this story and can t wait to share it with my students this year I will also find my boys from last year who struggled to find something good to read and demand they read this

    21. Touching Spirit Bear, written by Ben MikaelsenPaperback, 289 pages published january 4th 2005 by HarperCollinsCole Matthews is an angry teen who has been caught stealing and fighting for years One day Cole runs into a fellow classmate, Peter, and severely beats him During this fight Cole smashes Peters head into the sidewalk and causes permanent brain damage Instead of jail time or being send to a special home, Cole is offered Circle Justice a system based on Native American traditions that atte [...]

    22. Touching Spirit Bear was a roller coaster of emotions Throughout the book I had times where I would hate Cole, but over time I started to appreciate the character Cole was a kid who wanted everyone to fear him, he was always angry He hurt a kid named Peter and has to be in a cell In the book you can find out why he has so much anger.I think the book allows you to watch a character develop and become a better person I don t usually like setting scenes and authors explaining everything, but this a [...]

    23. This book was full of surprises, it made me hate Cole, then feel sorry for him I would recommend this book for anyone who has a interest in survival and definitely not someone who can t handle dead animals and bloody, gory stuff I enjoyed all the detail and description the author Ben Mikaelsen included in the text Touching Spirit Bear really made me open up to nature and wildlife it was a great story of Cole getting banished to an Island after beating up Peter in a empty parking lot Cole s story [...]

    24. Touching Spirit Bear is an amazing book about a boy trying to find himself in the wild There are a bunch of themes of Touching Spirit Bear, but there is just one that fits it the best It is that actions have consequences This relates to the story because when Cole beat up a boy, he got sent to an isolated island Also when he tried to kill the Spirit Bear, the bear attacked him This shows that actions do have consequences, even in real life scenarios.

    25. Touching Spirit Bear Review Mikaelsen, B 2001 Touching Spirit Bear New York Harper Trophy.Why the book was chosenI liked the title, Touching Spirit Bear it got my attention On the cover it states, Can amythical bear help a boy beyond human reach I am interested in counseling as a profession the cover sounded like this session was going to be a challenge I sure would like to know how a spirit bear helped a boy with his troubles.Summary Overview of the bookCole Matthews was a typical teenager exce [...]

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