Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II: 101 More Stories of Life, Love and Learning

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Overview


Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II offers more inspiring stories to help you master the game we call life. Today's teens have ever more issues and social pressures to juggle than young adults just 20 years ago. This book, like its predecessor, can be your guide - a beacon in the darkness, a safe haven in a storm, a warm hug in the cold and a respite from loneliness. There's no preaching as to what you should and shouldn't do. Instead, this book is full of teens sharing their experiences on learning to accept like, becoming the best person you can be, being happy with who you are, and loving yourself - no matter what.
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Gr 7-12-Four talented, youthful narrators read selected stories from this popular best seller. Written by teens, these anecdotes share experiences of growing up with families, of grieving for a death, and of relationships with peers. The vignettes present challenges of life showing that others have had similar experiences. While comforting to realize one is not alone, they also illustrate behaviors from which other young adults can learn. All the speakers have clear enunciation and speak expressively without getting emotional. Usually the narrators alternate between stories, sometimes following a musical interlude. Using several narrators makes a pleasant variety that enhances interest. The performance of a few of the stories is enhanced by the use of two speakers reading different parts within the same story. The recording could be used very effectively to motivate students to read the book on their own.-Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
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Meet the Author

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, the #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling co-authors, are professional speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional development of others.

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, the #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling co-authors, are professional speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional development of others.

Kimberly Kirberger is president of Inspiration and Motivation for Teens, Inc. (I.A.M. for Teens) and speaks at high schools and to youth organizations. Jack, Mark and Kimberly have formed The Teen Letter Project, a foundation dedicated to encouraging troubled teens to reach out for help and guidance

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
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Starlight, Star Bright

When I was five years old, I took an extreme liking to my sisterÆs toys. It made little difference that I had a trunk overflowing with dolls and toys of my own. Her ôbig girlö treasures were much easier to break, and much more appealing. Likewise, when I was ten and she was twelve, the earrings and make-up that she was slowly being permitted to experiment with held my attention, while my former obsession with catching bugs seemed to be a distant and fading memory.

It was a trend that continued year by year and, except for a few bruises and threats of terrifying ôhaircutsö while I was sleeping, one that my sister handled with tolerance. My mother continually reminded her, as I entered junior high wearing her new hair clips, that it was actually a compliment to her sense of style. She told her, as I started my first day of high school wearing her clothes, that one day she would laugh and remind me of how she was always the cooler of the two of us.

I had always thought that my sister had good taste, but never more than when she started bringing home guys. I had a constant parade of sixteen-year-old boys going through my house, stuffing themselves with food in the kitchen, or playing basketball on the driveway.

I had recently become very aware that boys, in fact, werenÆt as ôickyö as I had previously thought, and that maybe their cooties werenÆt such a terrible thing to catch after all. But the freshman guys who were my age, whom I had spent months giggling over at football games with my friends, suddenly seemed so young. They couldnÆt drive and they didnÆt wear varsity jackets. My sisterÆs friends were tall, they were funny, and even though my sister was persistent in getting rid of me quickly, they were always nice to me as she pushed me out the door.

Every once in a while I would luck out, and they would stop by when she wasnÆt home. One in particular would have long conversations with me before leaving to do whatever sixteen-year-old boys did (it was still a mystery to me). He talked to me as he talked to everyone else, not like a kid, not like his friendÆs little sister . . . and he always hugged me good-bye before he left.

It wasnÆt surprising that before long I was positively giddy about him. My friends told me I had no chance with a junior. My sister looked concerned for my potentially broken heart. But you canÆt help who it is that you fall in love with, whether they are older or younger, taller or shorter, completely opposite or just like you. Emotion ran me over like a Mack truck when I was with him, and I knew that it was too late to try to be sensible&#151I was in love.

It did not mean I didnÆt realize the possibility of being rejected. I knew that I was taking a big chance with my feelings and pride. If I didnÆt give him my heart there was no possibility that he would break it . . . but there was also no chance that he might not.

One night before he left, we sat on my front porch talking and looking for stars as they became visible. He looked at me quite seriously and asked me if I believed in wishing on stars. Surprised, but just as serious, I told him I had never tried.

ôWell, then itÆs time you start,ö he said, and pointed to the sky. ôPick one out and wish for whatever you want the most.ö I looked and picked out the brightest star I could find. I squeezed my eyes shut and with what felt like an entire colony of butterflies in my stomach, I wished for courage. I opened my eyes and saw him smiling as he watched my tremendous wishing effort. He asked what I had wished for, and when I replied, he looked puzzled. ôCourage? For what?ö he questioned.

I took one last deep breath and replied, ôTo do this.ö And I kissed him&#151all driverÆs-license-holding, varsity- jacket-wearing, sixteen years of him. It was bravery I didnÆt know I had, strength I owed completely to my heart, which gave up on my mind and took over.

When I pulled back, I saw the astonished look in his face, a look that turned into a smile and then laughter. After searching for something to say for what seemed to me like hours, he took my hand and said, ôWell, I guess weÆre lucky tonight. Both our wishes came true.ö

Kelly Garnett

¬1998 Kelly Garnett. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II; by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Kimberly Kirberger. 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 October 16, 2006

    one of the best books I have ever read

    The chicken soup series is one of the best book series.There is atleast one for everyreader from kids to adults

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    I love it

    I got the 1 book

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

    wow!!!

    could not get any better i love love loved it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2010

    VERY TOUCHING

    this book made me cry my pants off. that's all i have to say, people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2006

    Chicken soup

    Danielle Dahl Block: 7 10-06-06 Chicken Soup In past years many other Chicken Soup for the Soul books have been released. My favorite so far has been specifically made for teenagers, Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul. This book is about all kinds of stuff from love and relationships to growing up and learning lessons. Teenagers from all around the world write into the Chicken soup headquarters with stories about their very own lives, that have touched them or made them a different person in hopes that they could touch someone else in return. The Book jumps around with an assortment of different themes and messages in hand. With so many short stories and ambitions to cover the book really hits home. As a teenager reading this book it really kept me reading and interested. It talks a lot about things that not only I was going through but also so many others. Whether it being purely about teenage love, relationships or growing up, it came all the way to family issues and making a difference in your life or someone else¿s. It really was written solely with teenagers in mind. I know that as a new reader I will forever suggest this book to my peers in hope that in return they appreciate the stories just as I did. Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, will be at the top of my bookshelf for years to come and I will go back and read it many times. It really gets a 10 in my book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2005

    chicken soup for the teenage soul 2 rocks!

    chicken soup for the teenage soul 2 is one of the best books i've ever read! it helps me with my problems by giving you helpful advice in the mini stories that are written by teens. it helps you understand that people love you no matter what, and it teaches you that you should be helpful, kind, and thoughtful. i love this book! i definently recomend this great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2004

    the best book ever

    thats the best title the auther has ever done in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2003

    Great Stories From The Heart

    Great Book! All of the stories were touching and easy to read. I could not pick one favorite because they were all first place winners. I encourage parents and teens both to read this book...you won't regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2003

    This book is the best

    This book i s one of my favorite because it shows alot of things in the book there is sad story's and there are love and happy story and it help me alot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2003

    Motivational

    Hi, my name is Jessi and this book is so full of things that I can relate to! I love it and it also helped me learn that others have problems too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2002

    Great and Wonderful book.

    This book would make you cry,laugh,and smile. This book made me feel better about myself. To all teens if you have had a problem about life,and love.This is coming from a teen read the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2002

    This was such a great book!

    This book taught me a-lot of good lessons. It was awesome. All of the little short stories were so heart warming and funny. The way the authors put the book together is totally effective and easy to read. I recommend this book to everyone- even if they aren't teenagers!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2002

    This book was the best bok ever!!!!!!!!

    This book is a good thing for teens who think they are the only ones who have problmes.When I read this book I cried & enjoyed it at the sametime! I really really encorage Teens to read this book & think how it relates to you in your every day life!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2002

    A awesome book!

    This book is a great book for teen girls. It talks about life,romance and other interesting stories that are really great to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2002

    Outstanding Book For teens and even adults

    I think that Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul 2 is a wonderful book because it is very heartfelt and touching. I encourage everybody to read this book and see that everyone has problems and that you arent alone. this book teaches you alot about life. I loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2001

    CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE HUMAN SOUL!!

    I think this was one of the best books ever writen it gives all the teenagers with thoughts in their heads like, 'is this only happening to me?' or 'Why am i the only one with this problem?' the truth that they're not alone in this world and that a lot of teens have these thoughts and feelings. ITS A VERY TOUCHING BOOK AND I HOPE YOU BUY IT OR AT LEAST READ IT OR GET IT FROM A LIBRARY. IT WILL TRUELY TOUCH YOUR HEART!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2001

    Book Queen

    I think that the Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul was so cool! Sometimes I would think I was all alone but now I know that I am not alone , and that no one is alone because everyday things happen to everyday people so you if feel like you are alone, don't because God will always be there and so will other people. I would recomend this book to teenagers that are really really mature.Cause this book is really really good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2001

    The great book of wisdom

    I would say that this one of the greatest books ever made. Even though I have read it from front to end each story has a lesson, and usually 1out of 10 it will have something to do with our everday life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2001

    Great Book!

    I believe that this book was one of the greatest books I have read in a long time. It's hard to imagine that there are other people in this world that have gone through some of the same stuff. Its nice to know that your not alone. This is a great book to read. It will help you realize that lifes not easy and perfect. I suggest that teens read this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2001

    Awesome:Outstanding

    It was a wonderful book!

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