Two column quote notes is a wonderful tool to help students analyze their thinking before, during, and after reading. I use quote notes in all my major novel studies and the students love seeing what quote the "teacher thought was the most interesting". It also includes sentence starters for students who are stuck on how to begin writing their thoughts.
It's also a quick assessment tool to see which students are struggling with the deeper meaning of the novel.
"Touching Spirit Bear" has wonderful characters, a complex plot, and keeps the students on the edge of their seats chapter by chapter.