Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times for Teens: 101 Stories about the Hardest Parts of Being a Teenager

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times for Teens supports and inspires teenagers during their most challenging times, reminding them they are not alone as they read stories from teens just like them with the same struggles.

The teenage years are tough, and when bad things happen, the challenges can be overwhelming. Faced with illness, car accidents, loss of loved ones, divorces, or other upheavals, the obstacles to happiness can seem insurmountable. But these 101 stories ...

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Overview

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times for Teens supports and inspires teenagers during their most challenging times, reminding them they are not alone as they read stories from teens just like them with the same struggles.

The teenage years are tough, and when bad things happen, the challenges can be overwhelming. Faced with illness, car accidents, loss of loved ones, divorces, or other upheavals, the obstacles to happiness can seem insurmountable. But these 101 stories describe the toughest teenage challenges and how other teens overcame them. This collection will encourage, comfort, and inspire teens, showing that, as tough as things can get, they are not alone.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935096801
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Publication date: 2/7/2012
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 342,301
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are co-founders of Chicken Soup for the Soul. Amy Newmark is publisher and editor-in-chief 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 May 17, 2012

    Chicken soup hard time teens

    Even though i just read the sample i still love it!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

    For megan

    Havent read th book but love chikensoup books anyways im reall sorry megan that you are goingthrough tough times. May God be with you. Im sorry for your loss. I know my grandpas mean a lot to me. I hope you can get extra help in school. I know lifcan be tough but you gotta believe everything wil be ok. Im sorry you even thought about killing yourself. People do care about you.God cares about you. Your life matters. And i know im a stranger but just think about what your future wil hold. Thanks for being brave and sharing. Again im very sorry and i will pray for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    Well... Hi...

    Hello, uh, I really need to just let some things out right now... I'm Megan, I am trying to be goth... though my parents wont let me. My mom and dad are divorceed. My mothrr is crazy and im almost positive she uses drugs. My dad is remarried. I lost my grandpa to cancer in september. I suffer form ADD and I have been having trouble in school. I tried to kill myself in 2011 and have had some kind of form of depression... but i dont really know.... bye.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Ravens 52

    I THINK THIS BOOK WILL BE GOOD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    Justin

    Just text me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Awesome

    It help me alot with mu problems and my family thank you for writing those books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) ; )

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Great

    Omg. This book is great, as is the whole series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Great Book

    This was a great book! I would reccomend it to teens who are facing tough times, and need encouragement to help them get through.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Good

    This is a great book i also love the whole series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Wow

    This book is very good. I needed to feel like I wasn't the only one going through this, and this book did just that. Like a V¿lksw¿gen, it's dependable.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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