Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul: Stories of Changes, Choices and Growing Up for Kids Ages 9-13

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Written by and for preteens, this uplifting collection of stories touches on the emotions and situations they experience every day: making and losing friends, fitting in while keeping their personal identity, discovering the opposite sex, dealing with pressures at school including violence, and coping with family issues such as divorce.

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Overview

Written by and for preteens, this uplifting collection of stories touches on the emotions and situations they experience every day: making and losing friends, fitting in while keeping their personal identity, discovering the opposite sex, dealing with pressures at school including violence, and coping with family issues such as divorce.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623610944
  • Publisher: Backlist, LLC - a unit of Chicken Soup of the Soul Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 9/19/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 72,482
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

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."

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Read this comment!

    This book is inspirational. There are alot of sad stories. They are all true stories, which increases the emotion. Dont get me wrong. This is a definite read. There are alot of happy stories. Once you read this you will relize ther are people out there just like you struggling with family situations , bullying and other topics. These people give you tips on how to stay strong. Its nice to know someone cares!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Really great book

    This book has some great stories. And this book has helped me alot. Buy it :) <3

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2012

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    Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul is fantastic book! There are

    Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul is fantastic book! There are so many inspirational stories....... most of them sad but quite a few are happy.
    It's good to know there's alot of other people in the world who are out to do good things. This book reminds you that someone somewhere in the world is going through the same thing as you. This book has true stories, which makes these stories so special. Read Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul! It's a fantastic read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Plz read this

    I havent read this book yet but i can tell its going to be good all my friends have read it and said that it was really good i have read most of the other ones SO PLZ READ THIS THX

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    AMAZING!!!

    This book is amzing despite how weird the title sounds these kids are amazing and have a great heart i want to do something big one day too that will impact the kids in this world too! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    Best book!!!

    I couldn't put it down. As soon as i would get home i would pick up my nook and read this book. Excellent

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    Horrible

    Jk its awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    Gross!!!

    This book is gross

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Only one problem........

    I'm almost twelve years old so this book really helped me with my problems, but there's only one little problem.... when uget the sample, for example, you're on page 3 but when you go onto the next page, they say you're on page 8. I hope they fix this problem, but overall, awesome :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Great book

    I have a paper copy of this book and it is great! My dad gave it to me when i was 10 and it helped me a lot. I would recomend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Love the series

    I have many....many of these books and atill have alot to collect but not one of the ones ive read is boring they all have great stories and a vibe thats hard to explain but it gets five stars from me

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