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

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

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by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger
     
 

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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

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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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School Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558746169
Publisher:
Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/1998
Series:
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Series
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Lexile:
840L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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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—I 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—all 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.

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

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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Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II: 101 More Stories of Life, Love and Learning 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
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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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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
thats the best title the auther has ever done in this series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book for teen girls. It talks about life,romance and other interesting stories that are really great to read.