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Do you think a boy can go from an at-risk juvenile delinquent to a caring kind trustworthy young man I think that this story can teach you a great life lesson Find out as I tell what happens in Touching Spirit Bear by Ben MikaelsenCole Mathews had been in the juvenile justice system for quite some time and his rich parents usually would get him out of trouble with the lawRecently whenCole broke into a store illegally he bragged about it to one of his classmates Peter turned him in In revenge Cole beat Peter up very badly causing Peter head trauma and a permanent speech problem Coles parole officer Garvey suggests he chooses Circle Justice instead of going to jail he immediately looks into this option It takes a while to get to the decision on what they are going to do with Cole Circle Justice meets up and at the meeting in there is Cole his parents Nathan Black Coles lawyer Peter his parents their lawyer the keeper Garvey and some people from the city They decided that Cole will go to an island in Alaska and spend a year there try to learn things about him Cole travels to the island with Garvey and Edwin a Tlingit Indian from Alaska Edwin tells Cole that he could possibly end up dying on the island if he doesnt find food and keep warm in the winter Cole tries to plan an escape by swimming and the water is freezing cold he finds out that swimming got him nowhere As Edwin and Garvey leave having set up the area for Cole shortly after he then lights a match and burns the shelter as symbol to those who he felt didnt really care about himCole realizes how terrible his efforts are when he gets a leg cramp and notices that the incoming tide is pushing him back
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