Touching Spirit Bear is by Ben Mikaelsen. A touching tale of a troubled teen who is "banished" to a remote Alaskan island as part of his attempt to avoid jail after he seriously beats another teen. As he attempts to escape the island he is mauled by a large white bear and almost dies. Returning to the island to continue his banishment, Cole must face himself and learn to control his anger, as well as to forgive. A moving and poignant tale of redemption, forgiveness, and self discovery.
Ratings: 8th grade - 9 out of 10.