Ghost Of Spirit Bear


Cole Matthews and his friend Peter Driscal just completed a year of banishment to a remote Alaskan Island. They are returning to Minneapolis after having survived many cold, lonely, and life-threatening situations. Instead of looking forward to returning to family and friends, Cole and Peter are concerned that bullies, gangs, and drug dealers will harass them. Cole and Peter are on probation. One mistake by either of them would land them in prison. Their parole officer, Garvey, suggested that they draw on their experience from the island to find some answers. Will they take his advice?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

A simple story, believable characters, and realistic incidents make this an enjoyable read. It can be a discussion starter for preteens/tweeners and those who teach and counsel them.

Content Awareness Factors:

Student reviewer: It is a little hard to read.

Young Reader Reaction

This book picked up right where the first book left off, and it has a good ending. I picked the book because because I had already read the first book in the series. I thought it was what I imagined it would be because it picks up right where the other one left off. The book has a good message, but it is a little hard to read.

Parent Reaction

This is another really good book. This is a story that deals with bullying. The hero was a bully. Children who read this book will recognize the personalities and behaviors of bullies and, with some help from a concerned adult, learn how to cope with the behavior of bullies.

Type of Book:
This is the second title in this YA series about growing up in tough circumstances.
Educational Themes:

Although this is a fictional story, it draws on many of the everyday themes that teens today face: bullies, peer pressure, violence, drugs/no drugs, etc. The book offers ample opportunity to stop and ask "what would you do" before you turn the page.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 to 14
Recommended Age To Read Together:
10 to 13
Age of child:
Reviewed by students at North Junior High School, St. Cloud, MN, as part of the Use Your ABCs program.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy! This book should be part of the classroom library, counselor’s book shelf, or concerned parent’s parenting resources.
Student reviewer: I would buy this book, too. I thought it was a good story and it all tied together very well in the end.

Title Ghost of Spirit Bear
Author Ben Mikaelsen
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers © 2008
ISBN 9780060090074
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Coming of Age, Realism | Realistic Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Urban Fiction
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