Touching Spirit Bear

  • Filename: touching-spirit-bear.
  • ISBN: 0062009680
  • Release Date: 2010-04-20
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Ben Mikaelsen
  • Publisher: Harper Collins

After severely injuring Peter Driscal in an empty parking lot, mischief-maker 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 intense anger cause him to examine the root of his troubled ways and seek redemption—from the spirit bear that attacked him, from his victims, and from himself. Author Ben Mikaelson delivers a poignant depiction of the vicious cycle of violence and one boy’s journey to healing. Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts

Touching Spirit Bear rack

  • Filename: touching-spirit-bear-rack.
  • ISBN: 0060734000
  • Release Date: 2005-01-04
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Ben Mikaelsen
  • Publisher: HarperTeen

Will the attack of the Spirit Bear destroy Cole's life or save his soul? Cole Matthews has been fighting, stealing, and raising hell for years. So his punishment for beating Peter Driscal senseless is harsh. Given a choice between prison and Native American Circle Justice, Cole chooses Circle Justice: He'll spend one year in complete isolation on a remote Alaskan island. In the first days of his banishment, Cole is mauled by a mysterious white bear and nearly dies. Now there's no one left to save Cole, but Cole himself.

Touching Spirit Bear

  • Filename: touching-spirit-bear.
  • ISBN: 038080560X
  • Release Date: 2002-04-30
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Ben Mikaelsen
  • Publisher: Harper Collins

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

Ready Reference Treatise Touching Spirit Bear

  • Filename: ready-reference-treatise-touching-spirit-bear.
  • ISBN: 9781329671775
  • Release Date: 2015-11-06
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Raja Sharma
  • Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

While writing the present novel, the author had visited Alaska and British Columbia to see the setting for his book personally. In his author’s note at the end of the book, he writes that Spirit Bears do exist in that region. He says that had personally seen a three-hundred pounds male Spirit Bear during his travels thorough the Alaskan region. The author was the owner of a 700-pound black bear named Buffy. He understands the nature of the bear, and how the animal interacts with human beings. The author had brought the bear when it was very small. He worked hard, adapted it, and raised it near his cabin in Montana. Ready Reference Treatise: Touching Spirit Bear Copyright Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: Plot Overview Chapter Three: Major Characters Chapter Four: Complete Summary Chapter Five: Critical Analysis

Ghost of Spirit Bear

  • Filename: ghost-of-spirit-bear.
  • ISBN: 9780062033635
  • Release Date: 2011-03-29
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Author: Ben Mikaelsen
  • Publisher: Harper Collins

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.

100 Unexpected Statements about Touching Spirit Bear

  • Filename: 100-unexpected-statements-about-touching-spirit-bear.
  • ISBN: 5458953347
  • Release Date: 2013-04
  • Number of pages: 44
  • Author: Ryan Orry
  • Publisher: Lennex

In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "Touching Spirit Bear." Don't say we didn't warn you: these reviews are known to shock with their unconventionality or intimacy. Some may be startled by their biting sincerity; others may be spellbound by their unbridled flights of fantasy. Don't buy this book if: 1. You don't have nerves of steel. 2. You expect to get pregnant in the next five minutes. 3. You've heard it all.

LitPlan Teacher Pack

  • Filename: litplan-teacher-pack.
  • ISBN: 1602491410
  • Release Date: 2010-06-15
  • Number of pages: 248
  • Author: Mary B. Collins
  • Publisher:

Essentially a complete teacher's manual for the novel, this LitPlan Teacher Pack includes lesson plans and reproducible resource materials for Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikalesen. It includes: Daily Lessons, Short answer study questions, Multiple choice quiz questions, Vocabulary worksheets for each reading assignment, 3 detailed writing assignments, Individual and group activities, Critical thinking discussion questions, 5 unit tests (2 short answer, 2 multiple choice, 1 advanced), Evaluation forms, Review puzzles & games, Bulletin board ideas, Reproducible student materials, and more!


  • Filename: bear.
  • ISBN: 0879236671
  • Release Date: 1987
  • Number of pages: 141
  • Author: Marian Engel
  • Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher

A lonely woman journeys toward inner freedom and strengths and a sense of communion with all living creatures

Touching Spirit Bear Teacher s Manual

  • Filename: touching-spirit-bear-teacher-s-manual.
  • ISBN: 1602403589
  • Release Date: 2014-06-01
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Ann Maouyo
  • Publisher:

The teacher's version of Talent Development Secondary's Discussion Guide to Ben Mikaelsen's young adult novel Touching Spirit Bear, this manual begins with a summary of the novel, author bio, and tips for teacher preparation and background-building activities. Each section includes selected vocabulary words, highlights important poetic devices and features, provides discussion questions and answers, and suggests literature-related writing, extension activities, and informational text possibilities. Glossaries and whole-class discussion pointers are also provided. A special reproducible assessment section at the back of the manual includes a review and a literature content test for each section of the book. Wide margins for personal notes make it practical and user-friendly. This curriculum, developed at Johns Hopkins University, is used in schools across the country.

Jungle of Bones

  • Filename: jungle-of-bones.
  • ISBN: 9780545633628
  • Release Date: 2014-01-28
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Ben Mikaelsen
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

Lost and alone in the jungle, one boy will have to let go of his assumptions and anger, or be dragged down with them. Dylan Barstow has finally crossed the line. After getting caught on a late-night joyride in a stolen car, Dylan is shipped off to live with his ex-Marine uncle for the summer. But Uncle Todd has bigger plans for Dylan than push-ups and early-morning jogs. Deep in the steamy jungles of Papua New Guinea, there's a WWII fighter plane named SECOND ACE that's been lost for years, a plane that Dylan's own grandfather barely escaped from with his life. In all this time, no one has ever been able to track down SECOND ACE -- but now Dylan and his uncle are going to try. Lush and haunted, vital and deadly, these alien jungles half a world away could mean Dylan's salvation, or they could swallow him whole.

Booktalks and More

  • Filename: booktalks-and-more.
  • ISBN: 1563089823
  • Release Date: 2003
  • Number of pages: 277
  • Author: Lucy Schall
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited

Inspire teenagers to read quality literature and help them explore issues relevant to their lives. This outstanding book offers motivational, ready-to-use booktalks for more than 100 of the best new reads for teenagers, guaranteed to pique teen interest. With a focus on recently published fiction and nonfiction titles in a wide variety of genres and themes, these dynamic booktalks center around issues, problems, and challenges that young adults are facing.


  • Filename: stranded.
  • ISBN: 1442052872
  • Release Date: 2009-05-21
  • Number of pages: 247
  • Author: Ben Mikaelsen
  • Publisher: Paw Prints

Twelve-year-old Koby's struggle to save several pilot whales stranded on the sand helps her come to terms with the effects of a bicycle accident that cost her part of her leg and brought her parents financial worries

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