Cole receives a one-year banishment to a remote Alaskan island. There, he is mauled by a mysterious white bear of Native American legend. Hideously injured, Cole waits for death. His thoughts shift from anger to humility. To survive, he must stop blaming others and take responsibility for his life. Rescuers arrive to save Cole's body, but it is the attack of the Spirit Bear that may save his soul.
©2005 Ben Mikaelsen; ©2007 Listening Library
This book was introduced to me by a teen patient in my pediatrics office as mandatory reading in his high school English class and the concept of tribal justice dispatching a teen to an island to fend for himself was fascinating. But I could not put it down. It is a story of redemption at a gut wrenching level of self discovery.
I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.
This is a young adult book that I read with my class, however, I have listened to it several times on my own. It is appealing to all ages, especially if you are curious about bullys and juvenile delinquents and why they act the way they do. It is touching and spiritual on many levels. It helps us to understand why children act out, what makes them appear to be so angry, and what experiences might change them. I highly recommend this book for pre-teens/teens and adults alike.
I am a teacher and we listen to the book during study hall. It allows me to move about the room and keep an eye on all of my 31 students.
Tergesen brings tone and inference that makes the story telling more enjoyable.
Would give this book a 4 star rating.
Thought the narrator read way to fast and there was very little difference in his voice as it changed from character to character.
Loved the ending, it left you pleased but also left the door open for a future book.
I read the actual book as well as listened to the audio version so I knew the story line well.
Would have enjoyed the audio better had the narrator done a better job.
I used this audible download in my classroom so that the kids could follow along in the novel. They loved listening, and they loved the book too!
The story flows well. It helped many of my students connect with the main character.
Sounded angry just as the main character should.
It's about a boy who learns that only he can decide his life.
The story moved and held my interest. The narrator really captures Mikaelsen's storyline. I am going to check out other novel's read by Lee Tergesen. This is the second book of Mikaelsen's I have thoroughly enjoyed.
I didn't read the print version...I intended to but I couldn't stop listening to the audio version.
I liked the character development. I really enjoyed seeing the character come full circle.
If I could have I would have listened to the whole book in one sitting. This was a moving book for both teens and adults.
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