Ghost of Spirit Bear

Ghost of Spirit Bear

by Ben Mikaelsen

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Overview

In award-winning author Ben Mikaelsen’s riveting sequel to the acclaimed word-of-mouth bestseller Touching Spirit Bear, readers will be captivated by what Booklist calls a “hugely satisfying resolution.”

Life in the wilderness—exiled from civilization as a punishment for his violent behavior—had its own set of hurdles, but for fifteen-year-old Cole Matthews, it’s returning home and facing high school that he’s not sure he can handle.

With gangs and physical altercations haunting the hallways of their school, Cole and his former victim Peter—who Cole has now become friends with—must face it all together.

So when Peter’s limp and speech impediment make him a natural target to the bullies, Cole’s suppressed rage comes bubbling to the surface a lot quicker than he anticipated. Will he throw everything away that he learned on the healing, remote Alaskan island?

In this tale of teenage survival and self-awareness, Cole realizes it's not enough to change himself. He has to change his world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060090098
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/30/2010
Series: Spirit Bear Series , #2
Pages: 154
Sales rank: 47,147
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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.

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Ghost of Spirit Bear 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book! I am impressed, some people said it wasn't as good as the first book, but it was! It is a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first book in school for group reading. I can't wait to read this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good. Everyone should read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished "Ghost of Spirirt Bear," an excellent sequel to the "Touching Spirit Bear" book on the recommended reading list for 8th graders at my school. Made me teary and greatful to work at a school that isn't mostly comprised of gangs and drug addicts. An uplifting story about how teens can make positive life changes.
Konnie Robertson More than 1 year ago
great book but read the first one too
TRACY Lubke More than 1 year ago
i think this book is awesome
siobhanlocke More than 1 year ago
This was a great sequel. It followed the first book very well and allowed the two main characters to figure out some of the answers for themselves. It was an intriguing twist to have Cole Matthews who was the agressive bully in the first book get bullied in the second and set out to change the boys that bully him as well. Mikalson creates characters with real flaws and issues that also have heart and courage. The only part that I found unsatisfying was Cole's relationship with his father but it was in the first book as well. I think it is an honest portrayal and applaud him for not tying up every end and creating a happy ending that very realistically would not have happened in real life. I am also happy that Peter developed into a truly three-dimensional character with a backbone and bucks Cole's opinion at the end. They develop into deeper friends and the trust and support between them solidifies. I was impressed. If you missed the first book I highly recommend it as well. My 13-year-old read the books with me and loved the books as well. Great for even good kids without big issues to see a peer that can put his life back together after making mistakes and learn to heal physically and mentally. It is a process we do over and over in life!
Kristen_M_C More than 1 year ago
The sequel to "Touching Spirit Bear" was well written, interesting, and left me wanting to make a change in the world. But unfortunately, "Ghost of Spirit Bear" does not stand up to the first; the book seemed to try to hard to get a message across, which made the book a bit annoying. Don't get me wrong the book was great but the attempt to put forward a message overshadowed the fun of the book. I must recommend reading the book if you have read the first, but if you haven't read "Touching Spirit Bear" pick it up and get reading!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book! Kinda short though. YOU MUST READ THE FIRST ONE BEFORE THIS ONE!!!! It is called touching spirit bear,
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ctmsnaco on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alone in the wilderness, Cole found peace. But he's not alone anymore. Cole Matthews used to be a violent child, but a year in exile on a remote Alaskan island with scircle justice, has a way of changing your perspective. After being mauled by a Spirit Bear, Cole started to heal but has a bad arm. He even invited his victim, Peter Driscal, to join him on the island to help him recover from his brutal attack and they then became friends. But now their time in exile is over, and Cole and Peter are heading back to the one place they're not sure they can handle: high school. Gangs and violence haunt the hallways, and Peter's limp and speech impediment make him a natural target to the bullies. In a school where hate and tension are getting close to the boiling point, the monster of rage hibernating inside Cole begins to stir. Ben Mikaelsen's riveting saga of survival and self-awareness continues in the sequel to his gripping "Touching Spirit Bear." This time, he weaves a tale of urban survival where every day is a struggle to stay sane. As the problems in his school grow worse, Cole realizes that it's not enough just to change himself. He has to change his world.
chstress on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The author has had the unique experience of raising a six-hundred-pound black bear named Buffy at his home in the mountains of Bozeman, Montana. Ben Mikaelsen was born in La Paz, Bolivia, a South American country in 1952. He had strange pets and learned a lot about the Bolivian culture in his time there. He began writing when he was 10 years old. He has been professionally writing for the past sixteen years. Writing is his only profession. Mikaelsen writes articles as well as books. He has been featured nationally on Jack Hannah's Animal Adventures as well as on German national television.There are times when I am really excited about getting to read the sequel to a great book, and this is certainly one of them. Mikaelsen has a bright, lucid storytelling style. His book is incredibly fresh and unigue. 'Ghost of Spirit Bear' is a perfect page turning book for a 5th grader, since Spirit bears, have long been the subject of myth, curiosity, and fascination to them; and to read a story that talks about their presence is wonderful. This story of teenager Cole Matthews learning and understanding the Native American system of Circle Justice, and being banished to a remote Alaskan island for a year after viciously and cruelly assaulting a schoolmate - Peter Driscal, causing his victim to suffer brain damage, will wow the adolescent reader.This is truly a wonderful tale of endurance and awareness. The story line has a unity of purpose and strength of spirit that is hard to match.
DF6B_MarquitaG on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have yet to finish The Ghost of Spirir Bear but so far the book seems very interesting. The fact that the old homeless man just keeps randomly showing up is great. I figured that the old homeless man is the ghost of spirit bear, because he keeps showing up and disappearing just like the spirit bear of the first book touching spirit bear. Cole seems to have really changed and I love the way that he continues to keep his cool and really care for Peter. I also love the fact that Cole and Peter try to find different things in the city to relate to the things they did on the island. Cole really is learning to stay calm by fighting with his heart.
NickSerra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alone in the wilderness, Cole found peace. But he's not alone anymore. Cole Matthews used to be a violent kid, but a year in exile on a remote Alaskan island has a way of changing your perspective. After being mauled by a Spirit Bear, Cole started to heal. He even invited his victim, Peter Driscal, to join him on the island and they became friends. But now their time in exile is over, and Cole and Peter are heading back to the one place they're not sure they can handle: high school. Gangs and violence haunt the hallways, and Peter's limp and speech impediment make him a natural target. In a school where hate and tension are getting close to the boiling point, the monster of rage hibernating inside Cole begins to stir. Ben Mikaelsen's riveting saga of survival and self-awareness continues in the sequel to his gripping Touching Spirit Bear. This time, he weaves a tale of urban survival where every day is a struggle to stay sane. As the problems in his school grow worse, Cole realizes that it's not enough just to change himself. He has to change his world.
lindamamak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sequel to Touching Spirit Bear, begins with Cole and Peter returning home from there time on the island. How they cope with returning to school and what they learned about themselves.
JRlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved the first novel, Touching Spirit Bear, and provided a reader had read book one, I think they'd love this one as well. I would strongly recommend that you read the first book before this one. Although the author does a decent job of filling in necessary background information , the book is much more powerful when read in conjuncition with the first book. An amazing portrayal of how difficult it was for Cole and Peter to leave the island and try to survive the bullies and gangs and noises of the city. I will defnitely recommend this once it becomes available in paperback. Great story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You people need to actually read it before posting a review that isnt true. The first book was great and this book is fantatstic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont know for sure what the rating is because i have only just read the first one in my COR class.the first one was pretty epic though.i dont know why,but i kind of liked that cole git beat up.#dontjudgeme! Any wy,its a cool book,the first one is.do this book people!!!#ilovesuprises
tavaide1994 More than 1 year ago
Great book,it is a sequeal to "Touching Spirit Bear".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is actually really good just take a chance and read it. I thought that to at first but then i got into it and now it is a really good book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only read the first book. Have not read second. Bet it's great!