Touching Spirit Bear Book
Score: 4.5
From 71 Ratings

Touching Spirit Bear


  • Author : Ben Mikaelsen
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2010-04-20
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062009685

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Touching Spirit Bear Excerpt :

In his Nautilus Award-winning classic Touching Spirit Bear, author Ben Mikaelson delivers a powerful coming-of-age story of a boy who must overcome the effects that violence has had on his life. After severely injuring Peter Driscal in an empty parking lot, mischief-maker Cole Matthews is in major trouble. But instead of jail time, Cole is given another option: attend Circle Justice, an alternative program that sends juvenile offenders to a remote Alaskan Island to focus on changing their ways. Desperate to avoid prison, Cole fakes humility and agrees to go. While there, Cole is mauled by a mysterious white bear and left for dead. Thoughts of his abusive parents, helpless Peter, and his own anger cause him to examine his actions and seek redemption—from the spirit bear that attacked him, from his victims, and, most importantly, from himself. Ben Mikaelsen paints a vivid picture of a juvenile offender, examining the roots of his anger without absolving him of responsibility for his actions, and questioning a society in which angry people make victims of their peers and communities. Touching Spirit Bear is a poignant testimonial to the power of a pain that can destroy, or lead to healing. A strong choice for independent reading, sharing in the classroom, homeschooling, and book groups.

Touching Spirit Bear Book
Score: 4.5
From 9 Ratings

Touching Spirit Bear


  • Author : Ben Mikaelsen
  • Publisher : Harpercollins Childrens Books
  • Release Date : 2001-01-09
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 241
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015053770346

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Touching Spirit Bear Excerpt :

After his anger erupts into violence, Cole, in order to avoid going to prison, agrees to participate in a sentencing alternative based on the native American Circle Justice, and he is sent to a remote Alaskan Island where an encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life.

Ghost of Spirit Bear Book
Score: 4.5
From 23 Ratings

Ghost of Spirit Bear


  • Author : Ben Mikaelsen
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2011-03-29
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062033635

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Ghost of Spirit Bear Excerpt :

In award-winning author Ben Mikaelsen’s riveting sequel to the acclaimed word-of-mouth bestseller Touching Spirit Bear, readers will be captivated by what Booklist calls a “hugely satisfying resolution.” Life in the wilderness—exiled from civilization as a punishment for his violent behavior—had its own set of hurdles, but for fifteen-year-old Cole Matthews, it's returning home and facing high school that feels most daunting. With gangs and physical altercations haunting the hallways of their school, Cole and his former victim Peter—who Cole has now become friends with—must face it all together. So when Peter’s limp and speech impediment make him a natural target for bullies, Cole’s suppressed rage comes bubbling to the surface a lot quicker than he anticipated. Will he throw everything away that he learned on the healing, remote Alaskan island? In this tale of survival and self-awareness, Cole realizes it's not enough to change himself. He has to change his world.

Brian s Hunt Book
Score: 3.5
From 16 Ratings

Brian s Hunt


  • Author : Gary Paulsen
  • Publisher : Ember
  • Release Date : 2012-03-13
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 146
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307929594

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Brian s Hunt Excerpt :

Brian sets out on the hunt of a lifetime in this follow-up to the award-winning classic Hatchet from three-time Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Paulsen! Brian Robeson has stood up to the challenge of surviving the wilderness in Hatchet, The River, Brian's Winter, and Brian's Return. Now, while camping alone on a lake in the woods, he finds a wounded and whimpering dog. As Brian treats her wounds, he worries about who or what did this to her. His instincts tell him to head north, quickly, to check on his Cree friends. With his new companion at his side, he sets out on the hunt. Gary Paulsen expertly delivers a riveting story that brilliantly combines two of his great themes: the human animal's place in nature, and the mysterious and wonderful bond between humans and dogs. “The Brian books reveal nature and humankind’s place in it with spare prose that seems ideally suited to the setting and plot.” —VOYA “Based on real incidents, this well-written sequel to Hatchet and its successors will be gobbled up by the author’s legions of fans.” —Kirkus Reviews Read all the Hatchet Adventures! Brian's Winter The River Brian's Return Brian's Hunt

Touching Spirit Bear Book
Score: 4
From 45 Ratings

Touching Spirit Bear


  • Author : Ben Mikaelsen
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2002-04-30
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 038080560X

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Touching Spirit Bear Excerpt :

Within Cole Matthews lie anger, rage and hate. Cole has been stealing and fighting for years. This time he caught Alex Driscal in the, parking lot and smashed his head against the sidewalk. Now, Alex may have permanent brain damage'and Cole is in the Biggest trouble of his life. Cole is offered Circle Justice: a system based on Native American traditions that attempts to provide healing for the criminal offender, the victim and the, community. With prison as his only alternative, Cole plays along. He says he wants to repent, but in his heart Cole blames his alcoholic mom his, abusive dad, wimpy Alex -- everyone but himself -- for his situation. Cole receives a one-year banishment to a remote Alaskan island. There, he is mauled by Mysterious white bear of Native American legend. Hideously injured, Cole waits for his death His thoughts shift from from Anger to humility. To survive, he must stop blaming others and take responsibility for his life. Rescuers arrive to save Cole's but it is the attack of the Spirit Bear that may save his soul. Ben Mikaelsen paints a vivid picture of a juvenile offender, examining the roots without absolving solving him of responsibility for his actions, and questioning a society in which angry people make victims of their peers and communities. Touching Spirit Bear is a poignant testimonial to the power of a pain that can destroy, or lead to healing

Touching Spirit Bear  rack  Book
Score: 4
From 45 Ratings

Touching Spirit Bear rack


  • Author : Ben Mikaelsen
  • Publisher : HarperTeen
  • Release Date : 2005-01-04
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 0060734000

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Touching Spirit Bear rack Excerpt :

Will the attack of the Spirit Bear destroy Cole's life or save his soul? Cole Matthews has been fighting, stealing, and raising hell for years. So his punishment for beating Peter Driscal senseless is harsh. Given a choice between prison and Native American Circle Justice, Cole chooses Circle Justice: He'll spend one year in complete isolation on a remote Alaskan island. In the first days of his banishment, Cole is mauled by a mysterious white bear and nearly dies. Now there's no one left to save Cole, but Cole himself.

Touching Spirit Bear Book
Score: 4
From 45 Ratings

Touching Spirit Bear


  • Author : Ben Mikaelsen
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2008
  • Genre: Books and reading
  • Pages : 78
  • ISBN 10 : 1896168868

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Touching Spirit Bear Excerpt :

As traditional Aboriginal justice concepts move to the forefront of public consciousness, Ben Mikaelsen's Touching Spirit Bear offers a timely account of a troubled 15-year-old-boy who finds himself banished by a sentencing circle to a remote Alaskan island. Created for use with Touching Spirit Bear, this novel study examines sentencing circles, traditional Aboriginal justice, and the youth Criminal Justice Act.

Brewster  A Novel Book
Score: 4.5
From 14 Ratings

Brewster A Novel


  • Author : Mark Slouka
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2014-05-05
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393348835

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Brewster A Novel Excerpt :

Still reeling from the death of his older brother, a sixteen-year-old track star befriends a street-fighting rebel and together they search for redemption amidst the social changes of 1968.

Hush Little Baby Book
Score: 3.5
From 2 Ratings

Hush Little Baby


  • Author : Caroline B. Cooney
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release Date : 2012-08-07
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 258
  • ISBN 10 : 9781453264218

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Hush Little Baby Excerpt :

A teenager risks everything to protect an abandoned baby in this thriller from the bestselling author of The Face on the Milk Carton. When Kit Innes’s frazzled ex-stepmother, Dusty, leaves her with an unnamed baby boy and a lot of questions, she’s not sure what to do. She’s doesn’t know if the adorable child is even Dusty’s, or if she plans on returning. But when an angry, frightening man comes looking for the baby, Kit decides that the most important thing is to keep him safe—at all costs. With the help of her maybe-boyfriend, Rowen, and his little sister, Muffin, Kit is determined to figure out what’s really going on. But as they attempt to return the mysterious baby to wherever it is he belongs, they discover that he’s part of something that could put them all in incredible danger . . . Filled with mystery and suspense, this riveting story proves why multimillion-copy bestselling author Caroline B. Cooney is a “thriller master” (Publishers Weekly). This ebook features an illustrated biography of Caroline B. Cooney including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

Tree Girl Book
Score: 4.5
From 4 Ratings

Tree Girl


  • Author : Ben Mikaelsen
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2011-03-29
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062035707

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Tree Girl Excerpt :

They call Gabriela Tree Girl. Gabi climbs trees to be within reach of the eagles and watch the sun rise into an empty sky. She is at home among the outstretched branches of the Guatemalan forests. Then one day from the safety of a tree, Gabi witnesses the sights and sounds of an unspeakable massacre. She vows to be Tree Girl no more and joins the hordes of refugees struggling to reach the Mexican border. She has lost her whole family; her entire village has been wiped out. Yet she clings to the hope that she will be reunited with her youngest sister, Alicia. Over dangerous miles and months of hunger and thirst, Gabriela's search for Alicia and for a safe haven becomes a search for self. Having turned her back on her own identity, can she hope to claim a new life? Ages 12+

It Ends with Us Book
Score: 4.5
From 11 Ratings

It Ends with Us


  • Author : Colleen Hoover
  • Publisher : Pocket Books
  • Release Date : 2020-07-28
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9781982143657

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It Ends with Us Excerpt :

In this “brave and heartbreaking novel that digs its claws into you and doesn’t let go, long after you’ve finished it” (Anna Todd, New York Times bestselling author) from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of All Your Perfects, a workaholic with a too-good-to-be-true romance can’t stop thinking about her first love. Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. And when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life seems too good to be true. Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place. As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened. An honest, evocative, and tender novel, It Ends with Us is “a glorious and touching read, a forever keeper. The kind of book that gets handed down” (USA TODAY).

Deeper Dating Book

Deeper Dating


  • Author : Ken Page
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Release Date : 2014-12-30
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780834829923

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Deeper Dating Excerpt :

Lose weight. Act confident. Play hard to get. This approach to dating doesn’t lead to love, it leads to insecurity and loneliness. In Deeper Dating, psychotherapist Ken Page offers a new path to finding meaningful and lasting relationships. Learn how to attract people who love you for who you really are, become more self-assured and emotionally available, and lose your taste for relationships that diminish your self-esteem. With exercises, practical tools, and inspiring stories, Deeper Dating will guide you on a journey to find the love—and personal fulfillment—you long for.

Petey  new cover  Book
Score: 4
From 17 Ratings

Petey new cover


  • Author : Ben Mikaelsen
  • Publisher : Hyperion
  • Release Date : 2010-06-22
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 1423131746

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Petey new cover Excerpt :

In 1922, at the age of two, Petey's distraught parents commit him to the state's insane asylum, unaware that their son is actually suffering from severe cerebral palsy. Bound by his wheelchair and struggling to communicate with the people around him, Petey finds a way to remain kind and generous despite the horrific conditions in his new "home." Through the decades, he befriends several caretakers but is heartbroken when each eventually leaves him. Determined not to be hurt again, he vows to no longer let hope of lifelong friends and family torment him. That changes after he is moved into a nursing home and meets a young teen named Trevor Ladd; he sees something in the boy and decides to risk friendship one last time. Trevor, new to town and a bit of a loner, is at first weary of the old man in the wheelchair. But after hearing more of his story, Trevor learns that there is much more to Petey than meets the eye. Petey is a touching story of friendship, discovery, and the uplifting power of the human spirit.

Stupid Fast Book
Score: 4
From 18 Ratings

Stupid Fast


  • Author : Geoff Herbach
  • Publisher : Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2011-06-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 321
  • ISBN 10 : 9781402256301

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Stupid Fast Excerpt :

Just before his sixteenth birthday, Felton Reinstein has a sudden growth spurt that turns him from a small, jumpy, picked-on boy with the nickname of "Squirrel Nut" to a powerful athlete, leading to new friends, his first love, and the courage to confront his family's past and current problems.