Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul 2: Stories about Facing Challenges, Realizing Dreams and Making a Difference

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At last …the long-awaited follow-up to the 1.2 million-copy bestseller!
Filled with relevant, inspiring and fun stories written mostly by kids, this new volume features a unique, innovative chapter, "Rockin' Our World",
that highlights real kids achieving real dreams, helping less fortunate people,
starting your own business, and utilizing your unique abilities. For a young generation repeatedly exposed to a ...

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Overview

At last …the long-awaited follow-up to the 1.2 million-copy bestseller!
Filled with relevant, inspiring and fun stories written mostly by kids, this new volume features a unique, innovative chapter, "Rockin' Our World",
that highlights real kids achieving real dreams, helping less fortunate people,
starting your own business, and utilizing your unique abilities. For a young generation repeatedly exposed to a hostile world, this must-read book promotes positive thinking, giving to others, unity and tolerance. Chapters cover preteen concerns such as friendship, body changes, first crushes, difficult choices,
as well as tough issues such as divorce, drugs and alcohol, and dealing with death for the first time.

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Following up the first popular book geared toward preteens, the creators of the Chicken Soup books come out with a second installment that features stories by Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams, ice skater Kristi Yamaguchi, and boxing champion Lennox Lewis. Including 12 different sections (with approximately 9 essays in each) on "facing challenges, realizing dreams, and making a difference," this uplifting read will perk up the spirit of preteens by helping them better understand themselves and the world around them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780757301506
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 978,471
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield
JACK CANFIELD, # 1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling coauthor of thirty-one books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, has dedicated his life to the personal and professional development of others. He is based out of Santa Barbara, California.

Mark Victor Hansen, # 1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling coauthor of thirty-one books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, has dedicated his life to the personal and professional development of others. He is based out of Newport Beach, California.

PATTY HANSEN is coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul, which has sold over two million copies since its release in 1998. She is also the coauthor of Condensed Chicken Soup for the Soul (Health Communications, Inc.) and Out of the Blue: Delight Comes Into Our Lives (HarperCollins).

IRENE DUNLAP is coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul. She's also a writer, and a mother of two, who is involved in enhancing the quality of education in her community. She lives in Newport Beach, California.

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."

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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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No Place I'd Rather Be

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."
—Walt Disney

Growing up, I always dreamed of being a professional figure skater. After years of hard work, support from my family and good coaching, I am living proof that dreams can come true.

When I was born, my parents immediately noticed something wrong. My feet were deformed, pointing inward and curling under. I wore casts and foot braces my first two years to correct the problem. My casts were changed every two weeks. I teetered at first, yet I learned to balance and walk in casts. Soon after the last set of casts came off, Mom enrolled me in dance classes as therapy for my feet. I, however, quickly decided to try something else. Not far from my house was an ice rink in the mall. There, local skaters would perform ice shows. I remember seeing the glittery costumes, the dazzling spotlight, and their graceful movements. I wanted to try skating.

I started taking group skating lessons, but I'd cry before class because going into a group scared me. Performing on ice came naturally, but I have always been shy and afraid to speak in group settings.

One thing I've never been afraid of is competition. I get nervous, like everyone else, but never fearful. For me, skating has never been about beating others. It's been about being my personal best. I progressed through various levels rapidly and gave my first ice performance at age seven. Soon I started winning local and regional competitions. That's because being on the ice has always been the one place I can truly express my emotions. The ice is like home.

I began seriously training when I was nine years old. Mom and I would wake up at four o'clock in the morning, six days a week. I'd skate for five hours. Then I'd go to school. Since education has always been important in my family, I had to find creative ways to fit in school studies throughout my amateur career.

Twenty-four hours after graduating from high school, I moved to Canada. Saying good-bye to my family and friends made me homesick before I even left, but I knew deep down that I had to leave and train full-time to give my dreams a chance at reality.

I went to compete in the Olympic Games in 1992. No one, not my coach or even my family, ever talked to me about winning a gold medal. In fact, I wouldn't even allow myself to think about it. I thought that would jinx me. So, I went with the attitude that I wanted to enjoy the Olympic spirit.

My practice sessions felt great leading up to the competition. Finally, the day arrived. I remember stepping onto the ice and thinking, I can't do this. How am I going to keep myself from freaking out? I took a deep breath and eased into a solid performance that placed me first going into the finals.

Two days later, I was the first of the final six skaters on the ice. My long performance started well, but I slipped while landing one of my easiest triple jumps, and my hand touched the ice. I didn't want to make two mistakes in a row, so next I did a jump with just two spins to play it safe. As I neared the end, I had one more jump, the triple Lutz. Okay, this is it. You have to do this, I told myself. I landed it perfectly.

When medals were awarded, I found myself on the top step, the gold hanging around my neck and America's national anthem playing. Words can't describe the overwhelming mixture of emotions I felt.

Little did I know how much that one night would change my life. Interviews. TV shows. Magazine covers. Dignitaries. Celebrities. Parades. Fans. Endorsements. My big dream came true when I signed a contract to skate professionally with the Stars on Ice tour. I thought life as a pro would be easy. It's not. It takes as much training now as before.

Throughout the tour, special children visit us at practice. Their courage in the face of incredible challenges teaches so much to all who meet them. It has helped me see that we all have the opportunity to make a difference in someone's life. That's why I started the Always Dream Foundation. Our goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of children.

How can anyone love ice? Frozen water can be so painfully hard and oh so cold—just as life can be. Ice doesn't care who skates across its surface. It doesn't care who loses balance and falls on its slippery back. Still, when the lights go on and the crowd roars its welcome, there's no place I'd rather be.
For me, the ice is a warm world of beauty and grace.


©2004. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul 2 by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Hansen and Irene Dunlap. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2008

    Inspirastional

    Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul 2 is an outstanding book. It is inspirational in every way. Some stories make you laugh so hard you cry. Some make you sob until no more tears are left. Either way these stories help you value life a little more and think things through. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves heartfelt stories about preteens and their adventurous lives.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    man i cant wait

    I really need this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Sssooo good

    I like it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Great book

    I read the sample of the book and it was amazing. I would call the whole series truly inspirational. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    Cool

    I read this book at school it is so toching i ca totaly recoment this book and the whole sires and by the way i stink at spelling so if its wrong just sound it out

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    A Great Read

    I think that all preteens should read this book. For one reason it will tell them how to get active in thier community and help others.
    For two it is very descriptive and helped me when i was younger become a better reader.

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

    this book=AWESOME!!!!!!

    I have already completed half of the bookbwith less than 90 pages left. me knowing cuz im an actual preteen i also read the first chicken soup for the preteen soul these books talk about friendships relationships death and dying and other things that a preteen will go through. all the stories r from preteens' perspective of what they have been through and young adults what they went thru when they were our age. p.s THIS BOOK IS AWESOME READ READ READ READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2008

    Awesome!

    I loved this book i just finished it and it has a message in each story. I recomend it to kids 9-14! Awesome book!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2007

    Outstanding!

    I have read only the first two stories of this wonderful book, but it has really touched me! From my advice, you should try reading Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul 2.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2007

    This Book was Beautiful

    Hey all you parents this book is so great for kids I brought this book for my daughter she loved it!! She's read it 3 times.It helps children to learn how to deal with life, it helps children with the things they dont tell you and trust me there is things they dont tell you~!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2005

    Nikk,A preeten who loves chicken soup for the soul books

    I think this book is amazing! Every preteen should have! Some stories are sad,funny and embarresing. They'll cheer u up or make u sad...er....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    NO

    If your 10 dont get this book You dont need to be reading about sex



    -Hailey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Very confusing

    This is very confusing beacause every body is saying it is good and bad

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Hello

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Whats a lap dance

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    hi ummmmm

    Should i get these book i am 10

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    Taylor Lautner

    Hi guys i read this book when i was little and helped me go through one tip


    Never Take Drugs

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Hmmm...

    Should I get this book? Im a preteen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Bad

    Terrible

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2007

    Chicken Soup For The Preeten's Soul2

    This book is not only oustanding but hearttouching.It shares the stories of those who might be going through the same catastophres or problems as kids 11+.I personally read it when I was a bit younger(the first book not the second)and now as an older person I looked over the second book as well.A lot of the people around you might seem like their okay but they have some kind of problem inside themselves.Family problems,school problems and any kind of pressure are some of the many things the surroung the problem web of young children.When I was that age I did know that behaving well and doing or choosing the right things were very important but at times my temptation to do thw wrong proved to be stronger.As I matured I found it easier to deal with voice inside that told me to be bad.As for the book the stories are extremely belivable unlike stories that though teach lesson still manage to have that fiction trace in it.The stories are the best ever so please read them and be the person you are.

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