Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
Now for a novel that I found really interesting : Touching Spirit Bear is a great novel dealing with anger, Aboriginal ways of justice and finding one's self. This is the amazing story of Cole, a young boy who's anger causes him to hurt someone. To avoid going to prison, Cole chooses to meet justice through the Native American Circle of Justice that send him to a remote island to survive by himself for several months. While there, he encounters the Spirit Bear who ultimately changes his life by making face himself and his responsibilities.
This book is truly great. Tim and I used it last year for our Aboriginal novel study. There are so many extensions that you can do with this book. It touches on dealing with anger, taking responsibilities for your own actions, Aboriginal issues and becoming friends.
BC Curriculum: Gr. 5-7 Novel Study - Language Arts