Touching Spirit Bear, by Ben Mikaelsen

4 stars

This book is about a teenage boy with serious anger issues. These may or may not have to do with his abusive father, but after committing his latest crime, robbing a hardware store and bragging about it at school, Cole Matthews finds himself stuck. One of the kids from school, Peter, told on him. Cole’s outraged. How dare he! After school one day, Cole corners Peter and beats the life out of him. As a punishment through Circle Justice, Cole must camp out on an island in the middle of nowhere for a year. With the help of a mythical Spirit Bear, will Cole be able to properly heal and learn to control his anger as well as deal with his parental problems?

Emaan Iqbal, Grade 7