The beautiful thing about books is that people all respond differently to them. Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen is a wonderful coming-of-age story, and I have compiled a list of several others which, in some way, are similar to it (and are also some of my classic favorites). Some are obvious choices, so forgive me if they are not helpful:
The Misfits by James Howe
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.
I have also included the attachment to what I hope is a useful tool. If you type in a book title, there is a button that says "Book Alike: Find Similar Books." Happy reading!