Chicken Soup for the Soul: Preteens Talk: Inspiration and Support for Preteens from Kids Just Like Them

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1. Books represent a new thematic experience, even for readers of past books, as Chicken Soup has tightened the content , and books contain only relevant stories. Out-of-date stories were eliminated.

2. Each book contains 101 stories recompiled from dozens of past Chicken Soup titles.

3. "Our 101 Best Stories" collection is an efficient way for readers to obtain books covering Chicken Soup's most popular ...

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Overview

1. Books represent a new thematic experience, even for readers of past books, as Chicken Soup has tightened the content , and books contain only relevant stories. Out-of-date stories were eliminated.

2. Each book contains 101 stories recompiled from dozens of past Chicken Soup titles.

3. "Our 101 Best Stories" collection is an efficient way for readers to obtain books covering Chicken Soup's most popular topics.

4. Every book has a warm and moving foreward from Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen explaining the company's rebirth and its return to 101 stories per book.

Being a preteen is harder than it looks. School is more challenging, bodies are changing, relationships with parents are different, and new issues arise with friends. This book supports and inspires preteens and reminds them they are not alone, as they read stories written by other preteens just like them, about the problems and issues they face every day.

The first Chicken Soup for the Soul book was published in 1993, and became a publishing industry sensation, ultimately selling eight million copies. The company went on to publish more than 150 Chicken Soup titles, selling more than 100 million copies, and becoming a household name.

Chicken Soup for the Soul has won dozens of awards over the past 15 years, and its founders, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen have become celebrity motivational speakers and authors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935096009
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Publication date: 7/29/2008
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 466,362
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (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.

Jack Canfield 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:

Table of Contents


A Special Foreword   Jack Canfield   Mark Victor Hansen     xi
Friends for Life
Thanks, Y'All!   Michelle Strauss     1
Stubbly Dooright   Marty Becker, D.V.M.   Teresa Becker     5
Best Friends   Whitney M. Baldwin     9
Right in Front of Me   Heather Comeau     10
One Is Silver and the Other Is Gold   Karen Waldman     13
Friends at First Sight   Stephanie Caffall     17
A Friendship Never Broken   Nikki Kremer     20
Big at Heart   Mark Schulle$das told by Bunny Schulle     23
Melts in Your Heart, Not in Your Hand   Jennifer Stevens     26
Love Lives On   Laurie Hartman     29
A Friend Will...   Nicole Johnson     33
So Embarrassed!
Strapped for Cash   Robin Sokol     37
Paybacks   Mel Ann Coley     41
The Moment I Knew I'd Never Be Cool   D. Marie O'Keefe     44
Tasting the Moment   Andrea Adair     48
What's on the Inside   Eleanor Luken     51
The Mysterious Book Bag   Laura Andrade     54
A Perfect Fit   Kathy Lynn Harris     58
Confessions of a Four Eyes   Gwen Rockwood     63
Family Matters
Perfect, I'm Not   Julia Wasson Render     69
My Brother, Ben   Donata Allison     72
Our Christmas Secret   Lori Menning     74
My Little Brother   Christine Walsh     77
I Love You, Lindsey   Lindsey Rawson     80
Pale Dawn of a New Day   Katherine Ackerman     82
Best Friend   Bethany Gail Hicks     85
Tippy   Christine Armstrong     88
The Bigger Man   C. S. Dweck     91
This Old Chair   Christa Holder Ocker     96
Heartbreak and Growing Up
Broken Heart   Ashleigh Dumas     103
The First Day of Middle School   Patty Hansen     106
Ready or Not   Morri Spang     110
Not My Boyfriend   Carol Miller     114
Rediscovery   Raegan Baker     117
Suffocating   Marion Distante     120
Moving On   Ellen Werle     122
A Life Once Lived   Brandi Bacon      125
Jimmy, Jimmy   Karen Lombard     128
Who Said There's No Crying in Softball?   Amy Severns     131
One Single Egg   Cheryl L. Goede     133
The Popularity Game
Revenge of the Fifth Grade Girls   Carolyn Magner Mason     141
Compassion for a Bully   Melanie Pastor     144
Clueless   Mridu Khullar     147
For Michelle   Satya Pennington     150
Tears in the Bathroom Stall   Cheryl Kremer     153
So Which Will It Be? Us-or Her?   Anne Broyles     156
Backfire!   Lou Kassem     159
Call Me   Cynthia M. Hamond     163
The Cool Girls   Mel Caro     166
Danny's Courage   Penny S. Harmon     169
A Cheer of Triumph   Kim Rogers     172
Everyday Superheroes
You'll Be Good for Him   Eugene Gagliano     179
The Hidden Treasure   Debbie King$das told by Ashley King     181
A Bully's Transformation in Room 7   Kristin Krycia     183
Two Tickets to the Big Game   J. Styron Madsen     187
Annie Wiggle-Do   Kathleen M. Muldoon     191
Derek   Karina E. Seto     194
Bobby Lee   Daphne M. Orenshein     197
Teasing Tami   Michael T. Powers     200
A Little Coaching   Noah Edelson     202
Tough Stuff
The Day My Life Ended   Sammie Luther     209
Get Over It and Go On   Christina Zucal     212
Kelsey   Shane Ruwe     215
Getting Better   Tiffany Jacques     220
The Big Slip   Scott Allen     224
Heaven Sent   Beverley Mitchell     228
My Problem   Allen Smith     233
The Perfect Figure   Nikki Yargar     235
Forever Stay in My Heart   Jillian Eide     237
BFF   Courtney VanDyne     238
Celebrate the Good Days   Leslie Beck     242
Life's Little Lessons
Never Put Rocks in Your Mouth   Shirley Barone Craddock     249
There Is Always Someone Less Fortunate   Amy Mallinder-Morgan     251
Like Me   Emily Perl Kingsley     254
The Unusual Package   Barbara King     257
In Every Thought   Leslie Miller     260
A Valentine for Grandma   Joseph Walker     263
Cry When You Are Sad   Jonathan Piccirillo     266
Lucky   Molly McAfee     269
Think Before You Act   Lauren Wheeler     271
Ramon   Emma Fraser     273
The Reason for Living   Lauren Elizabeth Holden     276
Not-So-Random Acts of Kindness
Just the Two of Us   Miriam Bard     281
Nice Catch!   Doris Canner     285
A Friend's Secret   Bethany Rogers     288
The Note   Patty Hansen     292
Tag   Erin Gandia     295
The Fall and Rise of a Star   Patty Zeitlin     300
Scott   David Ferino     304
Mother's Christmas Stocking   Amberley Howe     306
The Christmas Care Bear   Molly Walden     309
Kindness Is More Powerful   Janalea Jeppson     311
The Act of Love   Kathy Kemmer Pyron     315
Making a Difference
To a Different Drummer   Lennox Lewis     321
Just Do It   Son Truong Nguye      325
Taking a Stand   Irene Dunlap     327
For the Best   April Townsend     331
Pyramid Surprise   Holly Cupala     333
Raising a Star   Laura Sobchik     336
More Than I Had Dreamed Of   Lin Rajan     340
The Little Girl Who Dared to Wish   Alan D. Shultz     343
More Chicken Soup for Teenagers     347
Who is Jack Canfield?     355
Who is Mark Victor Hansen?     357
Who is Amy Newmark?     359
Acknowledgments     363
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    Posted January 9, 2013

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    Posted January 4, 2013

    Chicken soup for the soul

    I really like this book it is very helpful and interesting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    A bit lame

    There were very good stories but most of them (actually, about 98%) were from the other chicken soup preteen books. LAME!!!!! Who wants to reread all those? Dont buy it. Im sorry i wasted my almost $10 and even if it was like a penny i wouldnt buy it again. So cheapskatey. Yuck.
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    Posted February 20, 2010

    gift

    this was a gift for my granddaughter at her mother's request.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2014

    Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    With everything that has happened in my life God helped me learn through this exeprience thanks to Him and this book

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