Any idea "Touching Spirit Bear" by Ben Mikaelsen is appropriate for what grade level? Any idea "Touching Spirit Bear" by Ben Mikaelsen is appropriate for what grade level?

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Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen is a story that deals with a teenage main character in isolation, and also presents issues with which he is dealing in his regular life. Among these issues there are the topics of alcoholism, bad choice in marriage, aloof parenting, and the challenges of identity and self-appreciation.

This being said, the story would appeal more to a teenage audience perhaps in 8th or 9th grade since that is the developmental stage in the life of teenagers where puberty sets in, unleashing all sorts of realities and producing insecurities in developing children.

Hence, Touching Spirit Bear could be a great cathartic story for teenagers to vicariously live through the main character's diatribes and understand that life is not always fair, and that there are ways to cope with it.

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