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Within Cole Matthews lies anger, rage, and hate. Cole has been stealing and fighting for years. This time he caught Peter Driscal in the parking lot and smashed his head against the sidewalk. Now, Peter may have permanent brain damage - and Cole is in the biggest trouble of his life.

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

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a heart for kids in trouble

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.

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AWESOME!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Very much worth listening too! Story drew me in and makes you think of other ways to heal!!


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great

this is one of the most amazing and touching books I've listened to. read it

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  • 01-03-17

Great family book!

Very visual in description. We loved this story and will never forget the life lesson it taught is.

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Phenominal Book!

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.

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Great book

Read this in middle school and now reading it as an adult is amazing. Love the story and narration.🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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coming full circle

Justice should not only be about punishment, but also about healing. ."Life is like a hotdog."

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Amazing book

This is an amazing book showing kids how there is people in the world less fortunate then they are and should not complain about how they don’t like there food because at least they have it and don’t have to eat there own barf to survive.

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Amazing

This book was awesome I don't like a lot of books but this book was terrific,the mans voice is kinda raspy but if you put it to X1.5 speed it sounds perfect.

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Restorative Justice!

Good read. I want to get it for my elementary school. #healing #traumainformed #RestorativeJustce #mendingrelationships