In his Napra Nautilus Award-winning novel Touching Spirit Bear, author Ben Mikaelson delivers a poignant coming-of-age story of a boy who must overcome the effects that violence has had on his life. After severely injuring Peter Driscal in an empty parking lot, mischief-maker Cole Matthews is in major trouble. But instead of jail time, Cole is given another option: attend Circle Justice, an alternative program that sends juvenile offenders to a remote Alaskan Island to focus on changing their ways. Desperate to avoid prison, Cole fakes humility and agrees to go. While there, Cole is mauled by a mysterious white bear and left for dead. Thoughts of his abusive parents, helpless Peter, and his own anger cause him to examine his actions and seek redemption—from the spirit bear that attacked him, from his victims, and from himself.
»Das ›1984‹ fürs Internetzeitalter« Zeit online Das Kultbuch jetzt auf Deutsch Leben in der schönen neuen Welt des total transparenten Internets: Mit »Der Circle« hat Dave Eggers einen hellsichtigen, hochspannenden Roman über die Abgründe des gegenwärtigen Vernetzungswahns geschrieben. Ein beklemmender Pageturner, der weltweit Aufsehen erregt. Huxleys »Schöne neue Welt« reloaded: Die 24-jährige Mae Holland ist überglücklich. Sie hat einen Job ergattert in der hippsten Firma der Welt, beim »Circle«, einem freundlichen Internetkonzern mit Sitz in Kalifornien, der die Geschäftsfelder von Google, Apple, Facebook und Twitter geschluckt hat, indem er alle Kunden mit einer einzigen Internetidentität ausstattet, über die einfach alles abgewickelt werden kann. Mit dem Wegfall der Anonymität im Netz – so ein Ziel der »drei Weisen«, die den Konzern leiten – wird es keinen Schmutz mehr geben im Internet und auch keine Kriminalität. Mae stürzt sich voller Begeisterung in diese schöne neue Welt mit ihren lichtdurchfluteten Büros und High-Class-Restaurants, wo Sterneköche kostenlose Mahlzeiten für die Mit-arbeiter kreieren, wo internationale Popstars Gratis-Konzerte geben und fast jeden Abend coole Partys gefeiert werden. Sie wird zur Vorzeigemitarbeiterin und treibt den Wahn, alles müsse transparent sein, auf die Spitze. Doch eine Begegnung mit einem mysteriösen Kollegen ändert alles ... Mit seinem neuen Roman »Der Circle« hat Dave Eggers ein packendes Buch über eine bestürzend nahe Zukunft geschrieben, einen Thriller, der uns ganz neu über die Bedeutung von Privatsphäre, Demokratie und Öffentlichkeit nachdenken und den Wunsch aufkommen lässt, die Welt und das Netz mögen uns bitte manchmal vergessen.
While writing the present novel, the author had visited Alaska and British Columbia to see the setting for his book personally. In his author’s note at the end of the book, he writes that Spirit Bears do exist in that region. He says that had personally seen a three-hundred pounds male Spirit Bear during his travels thorough the Alaskan region. The author was the owner of a 700-pound black bear named Buffy. He understands the nature of the bear, and how the animal interacts with human beings. The author had brought the bear when it was very small. He worked hard, adapted it, and raised it near his cabin in Montana. Ready Reference Treatise: Touching Spirit Bear Copyright Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: Plot Overview Chapter Three: Major Characters Chapter Four: Complete Summary Chapter Five: Critical Analysis
Alone in the wilderness, Cole found peace. But he's not alone anymore. Cole Matthews used to be a violent kid, but a year in exile on a remote Alaskan island has a way of changing your perspective. After being mauled by a Spirit Bear, Cole started to heal. He even invited his victim, Peter Driscal, to join him on the island and they became friends. But now their time in exile is over, and Cole and Peter are heading back to the one place they're not sure they can handle: high school. Gangs and violence haunt the hallways, and Peter's limp and speech impediment make him a natural target. In a school where hate and tension are getting close to the boiling point, the monster of rage hibernating inside Cole begins to stir. Ben Mikaelsen's riveting saga of survival and self-awareness continues in the sequel to his gripping Touching Spirit Bear. This time, he weaves a tale of urban survival where every day is a struggle to stay sane. As the problems in his school grow worse, Cole realizes that it's not enough just to change himself. He has to change his world.
In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "Touching Spirit Bear." Don't say we didn't warn you: these reviews are known to shock with their unconventionality or intimacy. Some may be startled by their biting sincerity; others may be spellbound by their unbridled flights of fantasy. Don't buy this book if: 1. You don't have nerves of steel. 2. You expect to get pregnant in the next five minutes. 3. You've heard it all.
Author: Creativity in the Classroom
Release Date: 2014-05-17
This is a combined literature and grammar unit that contains everything you need to teach the novel and more! Included in the unit are pre-reading, active-reading and post-reading activities with grammar lessons, literary activities, a literary terms matching quiz, a final essay test with grading rubric, and other activities just for fun!
Author: Ann Maouyo
Release Date: 2014-06-01
The teacher's version of Talent Development Secondary's Discussion Guide to Ben Mikaelsen's young adult novel Touching Spirit Bear, this manual begins with a summary of the novel, author bio, and tips for teacher preparation and background-building activities. Each section includes selected vocabulary words, highlights important poetic devices and features, provides discussion questions and answers, and suggests literature-related writing, extension activities, and informational text possibilities. Glossaries and whole-class discussion pointers are also provided. A special reproducible assessment section at the back of the manual includes a review and a literature content test for each section of the book. Wide margins for personal notes make it practical and user-friendly. This curriculum, developed at Johns Hopkins University, is used in schools across the country.
Inspire teenagers to read quality literature and help them explore issues relevant to their lives. This outstanding book offers motivational, ready-to-use booktalks for more than 100 of the best new reads for teenagers, guaranteed to pique teen interest. With a focus on recently published fiction and nonfiction titles in a wide variety of genres and themes, these dynamic booktalks center around issues, problems, and challenges that young adults are facing.
Brian ist zwölf Jahre alt und seine Eltern sind geschieden. Er sitzt in einem kleinen Flugzeug und weiß nicht, ob er sich auf den Sommer bei seinem Vater freuen soll. Plötzlich erleidet der Pilot einen Herzinfarkt und stirbt, Brian ist allein am Himmel, vor sich Instrumente, mit denen er nicht umgehen kann, im Herzen die Gewissheit des Todes. Und dann kommt der Absturz. Doch Brian überlebt und es beginnt eine wahre Robinsonade. Er "erfindet" das Feuer neu, den Bau eines Unterschlupfs, er fertig Pfeil und Bogen ...
American Indian Themes in Young Adult Literature analyzes characters, outlines plots, and evaluates content from a Native perspective. Teachers, librarians, parents, and young adult readers will find herein essential analytical information about literature with American Indian protagonists, narratives, and settings. This book also examines reviews of young adult publications with American Indian themes, demonstrating how too many reviewers reinforce, and even honor, stereotypical works.
Author: Steven L. Layne
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Release Date: 2015-01
"Amidst the clanging noise of today's technology, Steven Layne offers here a clear clarion call on behalf of reading to children. It is insightful, reasoned, entertaining (rare in the field), and carefully researched for those who might doubt the urgent need for something that doesn't need a Wi-Fi hot spot. It should be on every teacher's must-read list." -- Jim Trelease, author, The Read-Aloud Handbook As accountability measures for schools and teachers continue to grow, instructional practice is under the microscope. The practice of reading aloud to children may be viewed by some educators as an "extra"--a bit of fluff used solely for the purposes of enjoyment or filling a few spare minutes. But researchers and practitioners stand in solidarity: the practice of reading aloud throughout the grades is not only viable but also best practice. In Defense of Read-Aloud reinforces readers' confidence to continue the practice of reading aloud and presents the research base to defend the practice in grades K-12. Steven Layne also offers significant practical insights to strengthen instructional practice--answering the questions of "Why should we?" and "How should we?"--and provides practical advice about how to use read-alouds most effectively. Leading researchers in the field of literacy provide position statements, authors of professional books share insights on books they have loved, leaders of the largest literacy organizations in the United States write about their favorite read-alouds, award-winning authors of children's and young adult book (Katherine Paterson, Andrew Clements, Lois Lowry, to name a few) share the powerful behind-the-scenes stories of their greatest books, and real classroom teachers and librarians speak about books that have "lit up" their classrooms and libraries around the world. Last but not least, In Defense of Read-Aloud features many great recommendations of books to share with children. Read-aloud is an essential practice in teaching literacy in grades K-12. In this book, Steven Layne has provided everything needed to support, sustain, and celebrate the power of read-aloud.