The Question and Answer section for Touching Spirit Bear is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Cole has problems with adults and authority figures. He struggles with memories of his abusive father. Cole extends this conflict to adults who are trying to help him like Garvey and Edwin. Cole struggles with his internal rage and lack of control...
I don't recall much about wht Cole looked like. Do you have a chapter for this?
From the text:
He was an innocent-looking, baby-faced fifteen-year-old from Minneapolis who had been in trouble with the law half his life.