Read by Lee Tergesen Approx. 6 hours 4 cassettes When he brutally attacks a classmate his punishment is an alternative path based on a Native American tradition called the Circle Justice. Banished to a remote Alaskan island, Cole's rage and isolation lead him to another brazen attack. This time, his intended victim is the Spirit Bear of Native American legend-and the clumsy assault ends with Cole mauled nearly to death. Rescuers arrive to save Cole's life, but it is the attack of the Spirit Bear that is the start of Cole's long journey to accepting responsibility for his life and saving his soul.
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by Ben Mikaelsen
by Karma Wilson
"Fifteen-year-old Cole Matthews, victim of beatings and neglect at the hands of alcoholic parents, is damaged goods. Now an abuser himself, he viciously beats a classmate. To escape prison, he enters the Native Circle Justice system. Lee Tergesen faces the formidable task of portraying a thoroughly unsympathetic main character in a manner that offers the listener a reason to care. Tergesen reads the challenging, and at times heavy-handed, story of Cole's year of isolation on a remote Alaskan island with an effort to be true to Cole's desperate, sneering defiance; hard-won rage; and well-hidden vulnerability. He adds to his challenge by differentiating all the other characters, as well, sometimes falling short of the mark by lapsing into the wrong voice or portraying voices inconsistently. Nevertheless, adventure-loving boys will find much to enjoy here. T.B. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"
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