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
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.
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.
Loved this book taught me about life ane that its different than other books it had a unique way of the point of view of a criminal instead of a hero.
I am reading this book because my school district selected this book for the six grade low level students. My students are listening and reading the book daily. I enjoy watching them read and write about what they heard during our (silent) reading time. The book is fast moving and many of my students were able to connect some of the issues presented in the book with their lives. We are still reading the book and when they complete the book , the students write a review of the book.
Its a great book and a must read. you won't want to put it down.
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.
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