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Touching Spirit Bear

(2001)
(The first book in the Spirit Bear series)
A novel by

 
 
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.

Genre: Children's Fiction

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Title: Touching Spirit Bear
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February 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Literacy Bridge - Large Print - Touching Spirit Bear
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April 2002 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Touching Spirit Bear (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
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January 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Touching Spirit Bear (Spritit Bear Series)
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2002 : USA Paperback
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January 2004 : USA Paperback
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2002 : USA Paperback
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September 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Touching Spirit Bear
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September 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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September 2008 : UK Audio edition
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March 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Touching Spirit Bear
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2001 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Touching Spirit Bear
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ISBN: 0-7393-5111-7 / 978-0-7393-5111-6 (USA edition)
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June 2001 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Touching Spirit Bear
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June 2001 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Touching Spirit Bear
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April 2010 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Touching Spirit Bear
Author(s): Ben Mikaelsen
Publisher: HarperCollins
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