Touching Spirit BearBook - 2001
After his anger erupts into violence, Cole, in order to avoid going to prison, agrees to participate in a sentencing alternative based on the native American Circle Justice, and he is sent to a remote Alaskan Island where an encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life.
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green_cheetah_777 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over
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A lot of the books I have to read for school are weird or old, but this one was pretty good. The story follows a juvenile delinquent named Cole, who agrees to participate in Native American Circle Justice to avoid prison after smashing Peter Driscal head into the sidewalk, seriously injuring him. He winds up banished to the Alaskan wilderness. Cole tries to escape and is mauled by a sprit (or a white black) bear. During his banishment Cole learns about himself and what really drove him to hurt Peter. Through a good read, it is a bit violent and dose contain alcohol usage, and should be saved for older elementary students at least. Also, the writing is a bit sloppy, and the ending is unrealistic. on a scale of -3 to 3, I’d give it a 1. A good read, but not the best book ever.
I think this book is very inspirational. How it goes from a stubborn boy who thinks no one loves him so he expresses how he feels by misbehaving then gets punished and heals and forgives then he understands as he realizes who he was, who he is, and who he wants to become.
Frightening or Intense Scenes: Yes there are many scenes in the book involving blood. Also some disgusting scenes like the part where Cole eats insects and 'other' stuff.