Touching Spirit Bear

Touching Spirit Bear

by Ben Mikaelsen
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Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen

After his anger erupts into violence and to avoid prison, Cole agrees to participate in a sentencing alternative based on Native American Circle Justice at a remote Alaskan Island, and encounters a huge Spirit Bear that changes his life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756910990
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
Publication date: 01/01/2002
Pages: 241
Sales rank: 826,139
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 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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Touching Spirit Bear 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 589 reviews.
Sprited-Upp More than 1 year ago
I was told to buy and read this book as part of my summer reading list for pre-Ap English 1, I'm in 9th grade and I absolutley loved this book, at first I read the book expecting the same as any other book, Only doing it for a grade but as I got further into the book I began to enjoy reading it. This book is amazing, touching, thrilling, beautiful, heart-warming and a book that WILL keep you reading, needless to say I now read the book everytime I get bored or just need something to do, I suggest the every parent get's this book for their child and vise-versa... Taryn Danielle
READ-O-LOTS More than 1 year ago
Touching Spirit Bear is truley an inspiring book. What the author is trying to get across in this awesome book is that even though you may feel abondened and as if know one loves you, the author is saying no there is someone that is there that cares for you. The story takes place in Minniapolis,Minnesota but the action takes place on a remote island in Alaska. The only reason I say the action takes place there is because that is where the main charcter Cole Mathews, a young man whose life has been miserable ever since his father would beat him senceless while his mother would simply do nothing and drink away her problems,has an encounter with a mistacle bear. He is sent off to this island for beating up a classmate from school. The motive, he snitched on cole and so cole beats him up bad. I believe this book is best for a young audience because they can relate more to this beacuse they seem to go through problems such as the one portreyd in this book. This book fulfills its purpose by having coles angry heart turned to a soft loving heart. I loved this book from beging to end because i could relly relate to what cole sometimes went through while i was growing up. I totally agree with the message the author gave which is to control your anger with all people. What I liked most was when cole and the person he hurt so bad made up and forgave eachother. This author did an awesome job in my opinion because i really enjoyed this book. Young people I recommend this book I know you will love it just as I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In 4th grade my teacher read this to my class. Some parts where disturbing but the book is really good. I would read this book over and over and over again. If you are looking for a good book to read, with awesome details. Read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im reading this book right now in school and in chapter 14it got me so engaged into the book i reccomend this book
keeley8 More than 1 year ago
I also had to read Touching Spirit Bear for our summmer reading. I LOVE to read and was thrilled when i got this book. I heard so many things about it from my Language Arts teacher. At first, it took a minute to grasp what was going. But as the story goes on and I got more of a understanding of where he was and how and why he got there, it became more and more exciting. The end of the book ends very very wonderful. Anyone who reads this will definetly be satisfied with the ending. The story is beautifully written. Now, you might think, "how is a story about a violent teen beautiful?" This story really grasp nature and beauty and really deepens into the inner soul. The discription of scenes, thoughts, and feelings all come together as one. Cole's change is astonishing and even gave me a peacful state of mind and the will to change myself. It truley will give a deeper understanding of life. If you ever get the chance to read this, please, read it all the way through. This is a story of a confused teen who changes in the soul and spirit because of one mythical Spirit Bear.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great! I read it for a reading competition and loved it. The author could really paint a picture in your mind. I could see Cole on the island so clearly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever I read it last year in sixth grade
Anmeii More than 1 year ago
Great descriptions, great message. This is a book good for kids and adults.
colemanstudent-emb More than 1 year ago
its my fourth time reading the book and im not much of a reader could not put it down.
SanchezGomez12345 More than 1 year ago
I thought that Touching spirit bear was an amazing book. It covered everything, never left loose ends. It really taught me how much people can change with dedication and good advice. Gary Paulsen fans will love Touching spirit bear its a story of revival and dedication set in a perfect place. I could tell that Ben Mikaelson thought this story through, beginning to end. You have to read this book it will open your eyes and teach you. I hope you will like it as much as i have.
colemanstudent-lrh More than 1 year ago
This was a great story of a young mans passage to adulthood.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Touching Spirit Bear" is a very good book suitable for kids of all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Touching spirit is amazing!Great book for finding that "reason to live":) very touching and inspiring, made my cry a little, just a little:) only two words of advice though, READ IT! :)))))
Cesariscool More than 1 year ago
Touching Spirit Bear is one of the best books I¿ve read so far in my life. This book involves a 15 year old, whose name is Cole Matthews, who has been in trouble wit the law half his life. His latest crime has been the worst of all. Cole had attacked Peter; another student at his school. Peter was not only scarred physically but he had been scarred mentally. Peter even comes to a point where he wants to do physical harm to himself.
To help Cole control his anger a parole officer came up with the idea of putting Cole in a program called ¿Circle Justice¿. This program was a healing form of justice used by native cultures thousands of years ago.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read books with lessons and action because it is very well detailed. The biggest reason I like this book is because it shows how someone can make drastic changes after something bad happens to them. Ben Mikaelsen makes a lot of the important events very vivid and it feels as if there was a movie in your head.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i thought that this book was very good. although some of the characters were hard to follow. the auther did a great job. one of my favorite parts was after he was attacked by the bear and what he had to do to survive and realize their was a purpose in life for him. i still dont understand how rolling the stone up the hill everyday helped him in reality but it was still a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is freaking amazing! My teacher read it for read aloud in class and now we are on the second book. Even though it can be very gory because the author writes this book so discriptive. For all the people that enjoyed this book; read ghost of spirit bear because it is just as good as the first. I loved this book because it doesn't exactly have a happy ending even though it seems like it. You still have yet to go. What happens to peter and cole after the island? Find out in gohst of spirit bear.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Dmonkey More than 1 year ago
I think that this book is good but i think that It's a little graphic but that's kind of good because the author is really descriptive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a seventh-grade reading/language arts teacher who is teaching this book. I had no say in the matter, unfortunately, and I would never have chosen to teach it. It is painfully dull to read with very little action to move the story along. It is riddled with one flashback after another at the beginning of the novel, but it seems forced. In fact, most of the book seems forced. In addition, there are a few questionable scenes involving two grown men and a fifteen-year-old boy, in particular, a scene where the one man swims nude with the boy. Lastly, it is poorly written. The author does not know how to correctly punctuate a compound sentence nor does he know a comma is used to separate two adjectives when describing something. I would avoid this book at all costs—you will dread teaching it, and your students will hate it. This may very well be the worst book I have ever read. It certainly is the worst book I have ever taught.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good, intence and disturbing in so areas. Lb :)*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!! Clole is a trobled boy. He has stolling many things in his life, and has beaten many people. He blames everone but him self. His father had beaten himto wear he cant even hide the bruses. His mom to drunk to defend her son.One day he stoll from a store. The next day,cops arive and guestion him. He latter finds out that a smart boy, alex, had sniched. After school he cornered alex and smashed his head into a side walk making sure to spite on him. Alex now has perminet brain damage. Cole gets sent to a remote iland in alaska. In one year, he sees life anew. Alex comes to the same iland. As a test to see if cole has changed. When there left alone he aplagises. Alex then beats cole to a polp. Then they start to become friends. I love this book so much!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes, his name is peter not alex...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved that it taught people about forgiveness and nature. It really showed how beautiful nature can really be. This is a good book for people that struggle with anger because they could see themselves in Cole and the book might give people ideas on how to control it. Although, the book was kinda boring at the beginning because it was kinda slow, it was a very good novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read thiis for school and i really likedit
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been reading since I was 2 years old. If an author does not catch my attention in the first few pages, I'll not finish the book. I don't dare who the author is, how well published they are, how many books they've written, or if their book is on the best seller list. What I care about is the STORY! Can the author make me see and feel what is going on with the characters, and in this case yes. I saw the island, I felt the rage, I saw the Spirit Bear, I felt the cold and rain, I felt the hopeless anguish for mistakes made...I loved this book and found many "morals" within the pages; it is one of the best I've read in a long time and I will enjoy reading it again and again and again. Now I'm off to find a rock and a hill.