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Touching Spirit Bear (Spritit Bear Series) Paperback – Large Print, January 3, 2018
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- Publisher : Thorndike Press Large Print; Large type / Large print edition (January 3, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 308 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1432850407
- ISBN-13 : 978-1432850401
- Reading age : 12 - 15 years
- Lexile measure : 730L
- Grade level : 4 - 6
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #986,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are many lovely passages in the book, and the story makes for a compelling read. However, here and there I felt there were inconsistencies in the way Cole was portrayed. For example, he might achieve a milestone in his evolution only to be oddly regressed in the next chapter. While this may be realistic in terms of human progress, the author’s presentation sometimes felt like a stutter. Instead of putting me deeper inside Cole’s persona, it drew attention to authorial technique, and thus created a distance.
That said, for a teen reader, the book provides an excellent model for facing one’s mistakes, recognizing the emotions that trigger them, taking responsibility, and initiating healing.
I bought this book nine years later for a reason. It really was as good as I remembered it to be. The messages of taking responsibility for your mistakes and learning to get control of your anger were really strong. Cole being forced into humiliating situations like eating bugs to survive really forced him to become humble in a way that not much else can.
Cole's arrogance in the beginning, thinking he could escape, was very realistic. His lack of forethought as to what he would do if he got to land and had a warrant out for his arrest was also very realistic for a hotheaded fifteen year old.
I found the dynamic between his parents at the circle meetings to be very relatable, as someone who grew up with abusive parents.
Cole's sudden horror at having almost burned the at.oow, the only symbol of trust anyone had ever granted him, was very realistic and understandable.
I think there was a missed opportunity at addressing the PTSD that the bear attack must have caused. I find it very hard to believe that he didn't suffer from it.
The things I didn't like about this book are few. One of them is the message that everything in life is what you make it. That can be true for a lot of cases, but it's important to remember that no one can turn every instance of suffering into a party just by putting some tomato and pepper onto it. Suffering hurts, and it's unrealistic and damaging to expect people who are suffering to smile through it. Humans have a range of emotions for a reason and consoling others who are hurting with some love laugh love spiel is not going to get you anywhere. Empathy and understanding are important for healthy relationships.
While I liked this book, I wouldn't recommend the sequel at all. For any of you considering reading it, go check out my review first.
I was originally introduced to it during school. We read it as a class and did comprehension questions and tests and stuff. At first, I despised Cole. He was the exact type of person I normally can't stand, but as the book when on I found myself liking Cole more and more and feeling sorry for him.
I actually learned a lot reading this book. About life, death, friendship, everything.
We weren't even done reading it as a class when I decided to buy it on my Kindle.it was entirely worth every penny I paid.
I ended up reading ten times before the final test (which I aced, thank you very much).
You can bet that I will be off the coast of British Columbia someday, searching for a Spirit Bear. At first I thought this guy was lying, but anyone who can write something so perfect and touching is not a liar.
I would like to close this review by saying that I bought the sequel about three minutes ago, and I just finished the book for the eleventh time. Also I usually find at least four mistakes in young adult novels. I found none in this one. Congrats editors!!!!!!!!!!!!