Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul: 101 Stories of Changes, Choices and Growing up for Kids (Ages 9-13)

Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul: 101 Stories of Changes, Choices and Growing up for Kids (Ages 9-13)

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by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Hansen, Irene Dunlap
     
 

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From remembering their own life experience or to watching their own children grow, most people recognize that the preteen years, ages nine to thirteen, can be one of the most awkward times in life-a period of tremendous physical and emotional change. At this age, youngsters are eager to leave the "kid" stage, yet are uncertain about what adolescence will bring;

Overview

From remembering their own life experience or to watching their own children grow, most people recognize that the preteen years, ages nine to thirteen, can be one of the most awkward times in life-a period of tremendous physical and emotional change. At this age, youngsters are eager to leave the "kid" stage, yet are uncertain about what adolescence will bring; they'd rather listen to peers over parents, and hear all too often to "wait until you're older." Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul will guide kids through this transition.

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.

Chapters include: On Love, On Family, On Friendship, On Choices, On Changes, On Overcoming Obstacles, Eclectic Wisdom, Tough Stuff, Attitude and Perspective and Achieving Dreams. Contributors indclude: *NSYNC, Mia Hamm, Beverley Mitchell and Karl Malone.

Whether first-time Chicken Soup readers or "graduates" of the bestselling Kid's Soul book, preteens are sure to include this in their backpacks and book bags.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-Like other titles in the "Chicken Soup" series, this volume contains numerous short pieces of verse and prose, interspersed with comic strips of "Calvin & Hobbes," "Family Circus," and "Dennis the Menace," as well as pithy quotations selected as lead-ins to some of the pieces. The writings are grouped under headings such as "Achieving Dreams," "Overcoming Obstacles," "On Choices," and "Eclectic Wisdom" (for the bits that didn't fit elsewhere?). They are intended to encourage, inspire, and comfort. Each of the stories carries an author's name, and those written by young people give an age as well. Snail mail and e-mail addresses are included for those who want to respond to the book or submit stories and poems of their own. Children who loved Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul (Health Communications, 1998) will no doubt welcome another serving.-Elaine Fort Weischedel, Franklin Public Library, MA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558748002
Publisher:
Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/12/2000
Series:
Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Lexile:
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Read an Excerpt

My Best Enemy

Examine the contents, not the bottle.
The Talmud

Once again, I was in a new school. So was a girl in my class named Paris. That's where the similarities ended.

I was tall, with a big, moony face. She was petite and skinny with a model's delicate features.

My thick, black hair had been recently cut short into a shag style. Her natural caramel blonde hair flowed to her waist and looked great when she flipped it around.

I was twelve and one of the oldest in the class. She was eleven and the youngest in the class.

I was awkward and shy. She wasn't.

I wore baggy overalls, sweatshirts and lime-green hiking boots. Paris wore rhinestone platform shoes, little twirly skirts and expensive, size-one designer jeans.

I couldn't stand her. I considered her my enemy. She liked me. She wanted to be friends.

One day, she invited me over and I said yes. I was too shocked to answer any other way. My family had moved six times in six years, and I had never managed to develop many friendships. No one had invited me over to play since I was young enough to actually play. But this girl who wore tinted lip-gloss and the latest fashions wanted me to go home with her after school.

She lived in a fun part of town that had two pizza places, an all-night bookstore, a movie theater and a park. As we walked from the school bus stop through her neighborhood, I tried to guess which house might be hers. Was it the white one with the perfect lawn or the brown-shingled three-story house with a silky golden retriever on the front porch?

Was I surprised when she led me into an apartment building, which smelled like frying food, chemical cleaning sprays and incense! She lived on the fourth floor in a two-room place with her mother, her stepfather, her two brothers and her sister.

When we got to the room she shared with her sister, she took out a big case of Barbies—which was my next surprise. I would have thought she'd outgrown them. I had never played with them. But we sat on the floor of a walk-in closet, laughing as we made up crazy stories about the Barbies. That's when we found out that we both wanted to be writers when we were older and we both had wild imaginations.

When we got bored making up stories, she took out a small case of make-up and taught me how to put on lipstick and blush. I still thought that I looked like a clown; my face just wasn't made for make-up. Unlike me, Paris looked about eighteen years old in make-up.

We spent that afternoon screaming with laughter. Our jaws ached from smiling so much. She showed me her wardrobe, which had mostly come from a designer clothing store down the block. The woman who owned it used her as a model sometimes for her newspaper ads and gave her clothes in exchange.

Paris had the whole neighborhood charmed. The bookstore owners lent her fashion magazines, the movie theater gave her free passes and the pizza place let her have free slices. Soon I was included in her magic world. We slept over at each other's houses, spent every free moment together. Sometimes Paris and I stayed up the entire night talking. We never ran out of things to discuss, whether we were making detailed lists of boys we liked or talking about the meaning of life.

She was too poor to have a telephone, so when I was forced to be apart from her, I would dial the number of the pay phone in the pizza place. If I was lucky, Paris would be nearby and answer it.

She was my first real friend since childhood, and she helped me get through the rough years of early adolescence. My dark hair grew out and I learned to love being tall. Eventually, I found a shade of lipstick that didn't make me look like something from Scream II.

Nothing bad happened in our relationship—except for growing older. We ended up going to different junior high schools and eventually drifted apart. Since then I've had other wonderful friendships. But Paris taught me an amazing and very surprising thing about making friends: that your worst enemy can turn out to be your best friend.

© 2000 Dakota Lane, Reprinted with Permission


(c)2000. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Hansen, 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.

Meet the Author

JACK CANFIELD and MARK VICTOR HANSEN, # 1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling coauthors of thirty-one books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, have dedicated their lives to the personal and professional development of others.They are based out of Santa Barbara, California, and Newport Beach, California respectively.

JACK CANFIELD and MARK VICTOR HANSEN, # 1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling coauthors of thirty-one books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, have dedicated their lives to the personal and professional development of others.They are based out of Santa Barbara, California, and Newport Beach, California respectively.

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). In 1998, Mom's House, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides free childcare for school-age mothers, nominated Patty as Celebrity Mother of the Year. In the spring of 2000, the first annual "Patty Hansen Scholarship" was awarded by Mom's House, funded by a $10,000.00 grant.

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.

Brief Biography

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

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy books, and my mom really wanted me to read this one. So, I said, 'No. I want to get this book. If you want to get that book, it's fine with me, but I won't read it.' And, of course, my mom still gets the book, and I decide to read it because it actually looked good, I just wanted to get the book that I wanted. And it turns out that this book is the second best book. Don't worry, though. the author to the best book ever is always going to beat us. The autor of this book is God. The Bible is the number one book of all, but this book is second because it talks about things that are real, like the Bible. It tells young girls around the world that our life here on earth isn't perfect, but together, with God's help, let's make the better of things.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really changed my life. I am truly inspired. These wonderful teens and preteens send in touching stories about what is hapening to them in real life. Some stories are about how a certain wonderful child did something, and some are how a certain child lost something. This author puts these letters in her books because she cares for people and wants them to know that they are not the only ones going through something. I recommend this book with all of my heart and hope people read this book and feel the same way that I do about this ever so inspirational book and author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im 11 do you think i should get it? Whats it about? ~Savannah age 11~
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It a good book just from a sample
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first time readibg a book from the chicken soup seris, so I got a free sample. I thought that because it had such a silly name, it would have been a silly idea of a book; that is not the first timr i was wrong;] This book is quite ibspiribg. I loved what i read in the free sample, maybe so much, tha i may buy the full book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing! It gives me nice comfort, good laughs, and a warm, warm heart! I love it!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Helped me through so many things- and I haven' t even read the whole thing! I promise- once u buy it, u won' t regret it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the sample of the book and it was awesome!!! I would highly recommend this book and maybe you could add this to your wishlist too if you do not have the money yet.
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This is a great book it is veryinnnsporational book!!!!,!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it. Helpful and funny!
Erica Buscarnera More than 1 year ago
Im eleven and this book is great. Has helped me through tough times by giving me some ideas on how to solve my problems.
Adelis Solano More than 1 year ago
I am 12and i love this book
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Wow i really love this book(:
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I liked it alot i could not stop i read till 2:am one night ithink you will like tooi
Rebecca Lubbert More than 1 year ago
Every story was heart warming and loving. It's perfect for reading a story before bed because each one is reassuring and soothing among all the worries of growing up. HIGHY RECOMMENDED FOR ANYONE AGES 9-13!!! I would definelty recommend to a friend.
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Sara Springer More than 1 year ago
Great book read it 5 times
Luke Jones More than 1 year ago
Tells good stories
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This book holdss soo much stuff in it its ammazing
Thomas Chiu More than 1 year ago
I have just turned 13 and the storys are so cool Its the best!!!!
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I am 12 years old. omg. this book is amazing!! it is so inspiring to do good things!! :)
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