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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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  • Margaret
  • Warrenton, VA, United States
  • 01-17-11

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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  • Carolyn
  • Centennial, CO, USA
  • 09-16-08

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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  • D
  • 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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  • Jodie
  • Middletown, NY, United States
  • 02-11-14

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

Loved the story. Great book. It was a great story of redemption and finding oneself.

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book changed my life when I was young

I really loved the book really makes you think.
recommend for every young boy and girl

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Excellent book for young teens. I myself enjoyed the audio book. This was my first audio book I have listed to, but will not be my last.

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Amazing!

This book has so many lessons. Not only for our youth but for adults as well. I’m so thankful my teenage son and I got to read this together. Mental health is not talked about enough to our youth. They are our future! This should be mandatory for all schools across the world!

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Listening to this was time well spent.

First, the normal technical criteria we look for with any audiobook:
This narrator was the ideal choice for this story. He is passionate without being overly dramatic and very easy to understand. He told the story like it was his own and at no point did the pace ever feel rushed. As far as sound and production quality goes, I never felt the need to constantly have to raise and lower the volume. There were no missing files or chapters. I had no technical issues with this audiobook. The story progressed fluidly. This story is well written. It is thoughtfully and intentionally crafted from beginning to end. It is applicable and relevant to anyone who has started, is currently going through, or has finished puberty. While some more advanced, younger readers would certainly be “safe” reading it, the overall theme may be more easily understood by someone old enough to have had experience dealing with emotions they didn’t know how to control.

Now, as far as the quality of the story itself:
This book was recommended to me by my 12 year old son. I had it for over a month before I gave it a try. I am a “well-seasoned” 44 year old man and just wasn’t real interested in listening to a short book a 6th grader suggested. I’m glad I got over myself because a good story is a good story, no matter for whom it was written originally. This is a good story.

It is not pretentious. It is simply a story of a boy willing to take a path to redemption, and finding that even then, there are still consequences.

I am a better man for having heard this story.

I would recommend listening to it with someone you care about, or who cares about you. I listened alone. I learned about more than just myself and my son. I learned a lot about how to see myself as I truly am, and be okay with it. I learned about hope and healing. Most importantly, it reminded me that this world is bigger than me and you, but that we are still a part of it and have an effect on everything around us.

I sincerely hope you choose this title. I have recommended it to every person I know who enjoys reading or listening to books.

And to the author, thank you for helping me “carve my totem”.