Monday, November 28, 2011
Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
This is the story of a struggle of a young teenager trying to survive, who inevitably comes across spiritual reform at the same time. I was astounded at the anger Cole had boiled up inside, and felt sympathy for him and the way he was brought up. I loved the concept of Circle Justice. I liked how Circle Justice focuses on healing not only the offender, but the victim and community as well. I thought that was the perfect solution for Cole. I loved that he eventually learned that: “...he had to quit blaming others, including his father, for his problems. As long as blame still existed, so would his anger. He had to let go.” I also loved the quote, "a person is never done being mad. Anger is a memory never forgotten. You only tame it.” I thought this book ended too soon. I felt that there were several loose ends. I wanted to see more of Peter’s healing, and Cole’s transition back into society. But, I enjoyed the story and will be buying this book to share with my children. Winner of Flicker Tale Children's Book Award (2002) and Sunshine State Young Readers Award 2003), and nominee of Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award (2004), this story will both shock and inspire you. I think everyone can take something away from this story.
Content: some violence