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From Barbies to your first bra, from holding your teddy bear to slowdancing with your first boyfriend, from knowing everyone in elementary school to trying to make new friends in middle school. . . . When dealing with these changes, it's no wonder preteen girls can freak out from time to time.

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Overview

From Barbies to your first bra, from holding your teddy bear to slowdancing with your first boyfriend, from knowing everyone in elementary school to trying to make new friends in middle school. . . . When dealing with these changes, it's no wonder preteen girls can freak out from time to time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623610319
  • Publisher: Backlist, LLC - a unit of Chicken Soup of the Soul Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 96,887
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield is cocreator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, which includes forty New York Times bestsellers, and coauthor of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He is a leader in the field of personal transformation and peak performance and is currently CEO of the Canfield Training Group and Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Foundation for Self-Esteem. An internationally renowned corporate trainer and keynote speaker, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Biography

While Jack Canfield himself may not necessarily be a household name, it's very likely that you have heard of his famed Chicken Soup for the Soul series and nearly as likely that you have at least one of them sitting on your very own bookshelf! Having got his start as an inspirational speaker, Canfield's own story is nothing less than inspirational.

Jack Canfield had been traveling around delivering key note speeches and organizing workshops to help audiences build their self-esteem and maximize their potential when he had an in-flight brainstorm that changed his life. While flying home from a gig, Canfield realized that the very same advice he had been delivering during his in-person addresses could potentially form the basis of a book. Canfield used inspirational stories he'd gleaned over the years as the basis of his speeches, and he thought it would be a terrific idea to gather together 101 inspirational stories and anthologize them in a single volume. Upon returning home, Canfield approached friend and author Mark Victor Hansen about his concept. Hansen agreed it was a great idea, and the two men set about finding a publisher. Believe it or not, the mega-selling series was not an easy sell to publishers. "We were rejected by 123 publishers all told," Canfield told Shareguide.com. "The first time we went to New York, we visited with about a dozen publishers in a two day period with our agent, and nobody wanted it. They all said it was a stupid title, that nobody bought collections of short stories, that there was no edge -- no sex, no violence. Why would anyone read it?"

Canfield wisely practiced what he preached -- and persisted. Ultimately, he and Hansen sold the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book to a small press based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, called Health Communications. The rest, as they say, is history. There are currently 80 million copies of the Chicken Soup books in print, with subjects as varied as Chicken Soup For the Horse Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup For the Prisoner's Soul. Canfield and Hansen ranked as the top-selling authors of 1997 and are multiple New York Times bestsellers. Most important of all, the inspirational stories they have gathered in their many volumes have improved the lives of countless readers.

This year, expect to see Canfield's name gracing the covers of such titles as Chicken Soup For the Scrapbooker's Soul, Chicken Soup For the Mother and Son Soul, and Chicken Soup For the African American Woman's Soul. He and Hansen have also launched the all-new "Healthy Living" series and 8 titles in that series have already been released this year. There is also the fascinating You've GOT to Read This Book!, in which Canfield compiles personal accounts by 55 people each discussing a book that has changed his or her life. The most compelling of these may be the story of young entrepreneur Farrah Gray, who read Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success at the age of 11 and made his first million dollars at the age of 14!

With no sign of slowing down, Canfield continues to be an inspiration to millions, who fortunately refused to give up when it seemed as though he would never even get his first book published. "Mark and I are big believers in perseverance," he said. "If you have a vision and a life purpose, and you believe in it, then you do not let external events tell you what is so. You follow your internal guidance and follow your bliss, as Joseph Campbell used to say."

Good To Know

Canfield is the founder of two California based self-esteem programs, "Self-Esteem Seminars" in Santa Barbara and "The Foundation For Self Esteem" in Culver City.

Writing the first Chicken Soup book was a lot more daunting than Canfield expected. After the first three years of research, he and Mark Victor Hansen had only compiled 68 stories -- 33 tales shy of their goal of 101 stories.

Along with co-writing dozens of full-length books, Canfield also publishes a free biweekly newsletter called Success Strategies.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Canfield:

"My inspiration for writing comes from my passion for teaching others how to live more effective lives. I started out as a history teacher in an all-black inner city high school in Chicago, graduated to a teacher trainer, then psychotherapist, then trainer of therapists, then large group transformational trainer and then a writer and keynote speaker. All along the way, my desire was to make a difference, to help people live more fulfilling lives. That is what I still do today. Most people don't know this but I was not a good writer in college. I got a C in composition. Nobody would have ever believed I would grow up to be a bestselling author."

"I play guitar, and I am learning to play the piano. I love movies and some TV shows. My favorites are Six Feet Under, Grey's Anatomy, House and Lost. I love to play Scrabble, poker and backgammon with my in-laws, nieces and nephews. We really get into it. I love to travel. I have been to 25 countries and try to add two or three new ones every year."

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    1. Hometown:
      Santa Barbara, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 19, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Worth, Texas
    1. Education:
      B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
    2. Website:

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"One Day You'll Look Back on This . . ."



I've learned to take time for myself and to treat
myself with a great deal of love and respect
'cause I like me. . . . I think I'm kind of cool.

-
Whoopi Goldberg



"I can't go to school like this!" I wailed as I stared into
my mirror, hating my face, my body and life in general. A
river of salty tears traced a path down my cheeks.
Summoned from the kitchen by my shrieking, my mother
appeared at my side a second later.


"What's the problem?" she asked patiently.


"Everything . . . just everything!" I complained and continued
to stare horrified into the mirror.


At almost thirteen, the problems that I felt I had were
overwhelming. I had a hideous new crop of angry, red
pimples that had erupted on my forehead and chin
overnight—every night. My hair suddenly looked greasy
all the time, even though I washed it every second day. My
aching tummy signaled that my newfound "friend" was
about to visit once again, causing my jeans to fit too snugly
and make me appear as though I had been eating nothing
but hot fudge sundaes. And to top it off, my chewed-up
fingernails were torn and bloody, since biting them
seemed to go along with the way I worried about how other
people perceived me. But everything that was bothering
me wasn't just on the surface—I also had a broken heart.


The guy I had been going out with had recently dumped
me in favor of an older, more developed girl. Everything
combined, I was a physical and emotional wreck.


"Come on, now, Honey. Try not to cry," my mother said
with a smile. "I remember what it was like to be your age.
It was awkward and frustrating, and I got my heart
stomped on, too, but I came through it—and so will you!
It's not as bad as you think, and once you get to school
with all your friends, you'll forget all about your pimples
and what's-his-name, and one day you'll look back on this
and wonder why you were ever so upset."


Convinced that she didn't know what she was talking
about, I gave her a dirty look and headed off for school,
greeting my girlfriends on the sidewalk while my mother
waved encouragingly from the front door. Later, as much
as I hated to admit it, I found out that my mother was
right. As I spent time with my friends who were going
through the same things that I was, my mind wasn't on
my troubles anymore, and soon I was laughing.


When I returned home later that day, I was in a much
better mood and because I had put my best foot forward,
my mother rewarded me with a bag of goodies she had
purchased from the drugstore. On my bed was a bag that
included shampoo and conditioner, some acne medication,
a gift certificate to a hair salon and, surprisingly,
some hot, new shades of nail polish.


"What on earth is this?" I asked bewildered, thinking
that my mother had to be out of her mind if she thought
I was going to flaunt my gnarled nails.


As it turned out, she had a plan. I thought that it was
cruel at the time, yet it turned out to be highly effective. I
wasn't allowed to have any of the stuff in the bag, nor was
I allowed to keep my ever-so-important stick of concealer.
The deal was that for each week that I didn't bite my
fingernails, one item of my choice would be returned to
me. Desperate to retrieve my makeup and to get my
hands on everything in the drugstore bag, I concentrated
heavily on my schoolwork, instead of biting my nails and
worrying about what people thought of me. Over the
next few weeks, I was thrilled to watch my nails grow. By
the time I earned the certificate to have my hair cut and
restyled, my nails were so long that my mother also
treated me to a manicure while we were at the salon. And
as time wore on, I began to see that I was getting through
the rough spot, just as she had promised I would.
I liked that I received so many compliments on my
hands and hair, but more than that, I was proud of myself
for sticking with the deal and improving myself in the
process—so proud, as a matter of fact, that I failed to notice
my acne slowly clearing up. And I couldn't have cared less
about what's-his-name. He quickly became a distant memory
as I began to date many different boys, some of whom
broke my heart and others whose hearts I broke.


Though it certainly wasn't my last acne outbreak, bad
hair day or crushed spirit, I did learn something. I will
hold with me forever my mother's words of wisdom:
"One day you'll look back on this and wonder why you
were ever so upset."


Years later, after several ups and downs in my life, I look
back and realize that I did come through it all and I am the
better for it. I only hope that if one day I have a daughter
who is experiencing the struggles of adolescence, I will be
as understanding, helpful and creative as my mother was
with me.


-Laurie Lonsdale

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Introduction xiii

1 Straight Up Girl Stuff

A Perfect Fit Kathy Lynn Harris 2

Not Just for Girls Anymore! Diane Sonntag 9

The Bust Developer Mary Laufer 11

"One Day You'll Look Back on This ..." Laurie Lonsdale 15

The Day I Gave My Panties Away Katherine Anne Magee 18

Unidentified Floating Object Sandra Wallace 22

Girl to Girl Multiple Authors 26

Do Girls Belong? Angelica Haggert 34

2 I've Got the Power

Big Things Dallas Nicole Woodburn 38

Call Me Cynthia M. Hamond 42

The Slam Book Barbara J. Ragsdale 47

Compassion for a Bully Melanie Pastor 50

The Most Important Lesson Hope Rollins 54

Lost and Found Dream Kathryn Lay 58

A Cheer of Triumph Kim Rogers 61

3 Friendship and Bffs

Soul Sisters Kayla K. Kurashige 66

The Five Flavors Roxanne Gowharrizi 71

My Friend Anna Vier 74

Forget Him Sarah Hood 78

Do You Remember When? Mina Radman 81

One Is Silver and the Other Is Gold Karen Waldman 83

A Friend's Secret Bethany Rogers 89

A Valentine to My Friends Rachel Punches 94

4 Family Matters

The Day Our Dad Came Home Pamela D. Hamalainen 99

God on Her Side Ashleigh Figler-Ehrlich 103

Miracle Babies Stephanie Marquez 109

The Perfect Brother Kacy Gilbert-Gard 113

One Single Egg Cheryl L. Goede 117

Raining Memories Kirsten Lee Strough 121

Sarah's Story Sarah Crunican 125

Home Cynthia Charlton 129

5 Sister Sister

Ready or Not Morri Spang 135

Jackie's Little Sister Lauren Alyson Schara 140

Big Sister Olga Cossi 142

If Only Rita M. Tubbs 146

The Wild Hair Ariel G. Subrahmanyam 150

The Gift of Faith Nydja K. Minor 152

Best Friend Bethany Gail Hicks 156

6 Tough Stuff

For Michelle Satya Pennington 162

The Day My Life Ended Sammie Luther 166

Cancer, the Only Word I Can't Say Sammi Lupher 169

It's Never Your Fault Hattie Frost 172

BFF Courtney VanDyne 176

Hero Brittany Shope 180

Behind the Bathroom Door Katy Van Hoy 185

Sleep-Away Camp Kellyrose Andrews 189

7 The Pressure's On

So Which Will It Be? Us-or Her? Anne Broyles 194

Danny's Courage Penny S. Harmon 198

You Are Never Too Young to Take a Stand Maudie Conrad 201

Trying to Handle It Marcela Dario Fuentes 204

The Party That Lasted a Lifetime Leigh Hughes 208

Suffocating Marion Distante 215

To Have a Boyfriend-or Not? Patty Hansen 217

Easy as 1, 2,...3 Emily A. Malloy 223

Intimidation Carrie Joy Carson 226

8 Crushin' Hard

My Story Melanie Marks 232

A "Bite" of All Right! Paula Goldsmith 237

Never Should Have Kristen Weil 240

My First Kiss Khristine J. Quibilan 245

Secret Crush Karin A. Lovold 247

The Truth Anna Bittner 251

Learning How to Move On Elizabeth White 253

Nineteen Kathleen Benefiel 256

9 Changes, Changes and More Changes

Late Bloomer Julie Workman 260

ARB Alison Gunn 265

Headgear Stephanie Dodson 269

Did She Say "Ovary"? Tasha R. Howe 273

Hair Horror Michelle Peters 279

Strapped for Cash Robin Sokol 283

I Learned the Truth at Thirteen Carol Ayer 288

10 Free To Be Me

The Shy Girl Laura Andrade 292

Never Cool Enough Natalie Ver Woert 298

Parting Ways Christina Shaw 303

Sweet Lies Laura Gene Beck 305

Okay to Be Me Monica Marie Jones 310

Ugly Girl Morri Spang 314

Afterword Rachel Punches 320

Who Is Jack Canfield? 323

Who Is Mark Victor Hansen? 324

Who Is Patty Hansen? 325

Who Is Irene Dunlap? 326

What Is Discovery Girls Magazine? 327

Contributors 329

Permissions 339

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  • Posted February 26, 2009

    Woahhh .

    As a 13 year old girl, his book shows what girls go through during their teen years. It may teach you lessons and touch you in a way that you feel like you are in their shoes. It could stop you from doing something bad that could lead you to bad consequences. Also it helps you make good choices when you have problems with your family, friends, boyfriends, and many other things. This book contains alot of story about girls that mostly all girls have benn through and it is really helpful.

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2008

    survival guide

    I thought this book was outstanding! I used it as my survival guide. Whenever something happend to me i would find a story that relates to my problem.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Every girl shoul have this book

    Moms you should buy your daughter this book right away because it is the best book i have ever read.I have read it more then 5 times in the 2 years that I've had it.It will always remain in my library of books and forever stay as one of my favorite books.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2006

    Totally Awesome!!!!!

    This book is so awesome! Its sad, its funny, and its inspiring! I totally recomend it for anyone who wants to understand more about being a girl! Being a girl is awesome!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    A have to read

    Very good for pre teens or teenagers it connects with them and issues they might have
    Great book must read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Best Book

    I didnt get it on the nook but i do have it and being thirteen it really helped me with all the things that are happening right now. I love all the stories and i have read it two times already some of the stories made me laugh and others made me cry like losing someone close because that happemd to me too. I hope more girls my age get this book too.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    AWESOME!

    I thought it had a lot of great storys in it I am 11 years old and I would recomend this to any girl. :)

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    I suggest ages 10-16

    It can o either way. An incredible and reassuring book for girls old enough. But i the reader is younger than about 9 years old, it could make them nervous d scared of growing up. But as soon as you are a suitable age, this is a must read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2008

    I reccomend this book!

    I reccomend this book, but not to boys! It was a good book, maybe not as good as it says it is, but still good. i like Chicken Soup books, and am ashamed to say i always skip to the death and dieing part! My dream is to write something in a Chicken Soup book. Can they make a Cheicken Soup for the Frog Lovers Soul? Please? Pretty please? With a cheery on top?

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    Ask. Ask

    Is this book good? Plez answer with same title

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    Ok thern

    The book was great and the people who keep talking bout wex need to shut up they r wayyyyyyyy to young for it

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Good

    I myself going throgh it this book really helpped me

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Chicken Noodle soup for the girls soul rating

    I think Chicken Noodle soup for the girls soul is a very great book.o

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2007

    A reviewer

    this book is the best book i have ever read.It even has comics and there are real stories about things that girls are having trouble with such as friends familey members and even boys... but i dont want to give all away

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2007

    AMAZING

    This book should be read by all girls no matter the age. It helps show that even though you might feel like your the only one going through what you're going through, you are not alone.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Awesome sample!

    Awesome sample!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    Best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love this book and recomend it for girls 9-13. This is truly the best book ever!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    This book is realy your survivel guid and i recamend it to any one

    It's realy good and every pre-teen should get it!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Anonymus

    This book was a fabulous read! Some of the stories were funny, but most of them made me cry. I had never imagined how many people had lost, friends, parents, and practically their own lives. This book really showed me how much of an impact on someone elses life you can have. I seriously suggest reading this just to help you remember how lucky you are to have everything you have.

    Althought this was an amazing book, I would not recommend it for anyone under eleven. Some of the stories are very emotional (depressing) and scary. But even still, any pre teen, tween or even teen girl will benefit from reading this book. This book is a great way for any girl to learn about her changing body, and how to deal with almost everything from a friends death, to eating disorders, to bullying, to the death of a family mamber. It also has girl-written tips for dating, which might not be approppriate for younger readers.

    Over all, this book is a greaat read for ages eleven up, but should'nt be taken lightly. (Parents, you might want to read it first)

    So, enjoy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

    Chicken Soup for the Girl's Soul

    What a wonderful book for teen/preteen girls! With real life stories on a variety of subjects, this will make you laugh, cry, dream, and ponder. Sit down and read for an afternoon, or flip through when you're feeling down. (And it makes great reading material for a day in the airport, on and off planes, and sitting on public buses. I'll never regret bringing it along that day!) Seriously, though, this Chicken Soup is a must on every young woman's reading list. You won't regret it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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