15-year-old Cole is angry at the world. His father beats him and his mother drinks and ignores it all. This makes Cole feel the need to hurt anyone or anything that does not fear him. After severely hurting a classmate, Cole is given a chance to serve his sentence thru Circle Justice. A year alone on a remote Alaskan island forces Cole to change his life with a little help from a mysterious white bear.
Focus of Spirit Bear is the redemption of self. The book forces readers to rethink blanket assumptions about the justice system and lost souls. Quickly paced story that has is more of a character study on one individual’s journey. Mark Twain Award Nominee. 2001, 240 pages.