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

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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 ...

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623611224
  • Publisher: Backlist, LLC - a unit of Chicken Soup of the Soul Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 82,630
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield is cocreator of the Chicken Soup for the SoulĀ® series, which includes forty New York Times bestsellers, and coauthor of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He is a leader in the field of personal transformation and peak performance and is currently CEO of the Canfield Training Group and Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Foundation for Self-Esteem. An internationally renowned corporate trainer and keynote speaker, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.


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 "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

Introduction xiii

1 On Relationships

Starlight, Star Bright Kelly Garnett 2

Seven Minutes in Heaven Andrew Keegan as told to Kimberly Kirberger 5

Practical Application Dan Clark 8

A Geek, a Nerd, a Bookworm Kimberly Russell 9

My Angel Has a Halo Amanda Johnson 13

A Cool Drink of Water Camden Watts 15

Unrequited Love Rachel Rosenberg 18

Gray Constance Ananta Sobsey 23

Starting a New Path Jessie Braun 24

Discovery Eugene E. Beasley 28

Hopscotch and Tears Becca Woolf 31

Inside Melissa Collette 34

Lost Love Robby Smith as told to T. J. Lacey 36

Why Guys Like Girls Kimberly Kirberger 40

Love Is Never Lost David J. Murcott 43

David's Smile Cambra J. Cameron 46

2 On Friendship

The Rift Erica Thoits 50

The Right Thing Kelly Garnett 53

Donna and Claudia Carol Gallivan 57

A Friend for Life Jennifer Love Hewitt 62

Speechless Shawna Singh 64

I Need You Now Becky Tucker 70

Choices Alicia M. Boxler 71

Friends Forever Phyllis Lin 75

I Remember Gilbert April Joy Gazmen 78

The Tragic Reunion Amy Muscato 82

3 On Love and Kindness

Bobby, I'm Smiling E. Keenan 86

An A for Mrs. B Karina Snow 89

Kids Who Are Different Digby Wolfe 92

McDonald's Shelly Miller 93

A Valentine for Laura Don Caskey 95

A Simple Hello Katie E. Houston 97

Change for a Dollar Bonnie Maloney 98

My Friend Charley Robin Hyatt 100

My First Experience at Tasting the Raindrops Christy Clouse 102

So How Do You Boost an Ego? Kirk Hill 105

Losing an Enemy Patty Anne Sluys 108

Give Random Acts of Kindness a Try! Melissa Broeckelman 111

4 Tough Stuff

Losing Hope Heather Klassen 116

A Call for Help Jill Maxbauer 121

Tomorrow Came Again Ashley Hiser 124

It Happened to Me Joanie Twersky 126

Tell Me Why You Cry Nicole Rose Patridge 129

Nintendo Master Katie Gill 133

Already Perfect Elisa Donovan 135

My Toughest Decision Kristina Dulcey 139

It's Tough to Be a Teenager Tony Overman 141

Not Your Typical Prom Night Stacy Bennett 143

No Matter What Happens Alison Mary Forbes 146

Hero of the 'Hood Paula McDonald 148

Visionary Jason Leib 156

The Mom I Never Had Becka Allen 158

Good Night, Dad Luken Grace 161

5 On Family

Beautiful, She Said Jessica Gardner 166

Steeped with Meaning Daphna Renan 169

There Is an Oz Terri Cecil 171

A Father's Wish Kent Nerburn 175

Heartwood W. W. Meade 178

The Cheerleader Marsha Arons 184

The Bridge Between Verses Shashi Bhat 188

The Ones in Front of Me Lia Gay 19l

Role Reversal Adi Amar 193

Snowdrops Sarah McCann 197

My Most Memorable Christmas Reverend Robert Schuller 200

My Real Father Anonymous 203

Making Dad Proud Josh Nally 206

The Perfect Family Marc St. Pierre 209

6 Learning Lessons

Making Sarah Cry Cheryl L Costello-Forshey 214

The Wedding Ring Marsha Arons 218

Andrea's Fresh Start Peg Verone 222

A Lesson for Life Medard Laz 226

Remember Me? Ann Landers 228

A Wider Classroom Kate McMahon 230

The Bat Bryony Blackwood 232

The Player Kelly Garnett 233

The Porcelain Bride Doll Marsha Arons 237

Myself Peer Counsellor Workbook 241

Firmer Ground Diana Chapman 243

Love and Belonging T. J. Lacey 247

What I Wish I'd Known Sooner Meredith Rowe 252

My Most Embarrassing Moment Rochelle M. Pennington 258

Call Me Cindy Hamond 263

7 Making a Difference

For You, Dad Heather Metzger as told to Bill Holton 268

Somebody Loves You Wil Horneff 272

The Power of a Smile Susan Record 276

Pay Attention Dan Clark 279

Joe Camel Meladee McCarty 281

Anything Is Possible Jason Dorsey 283

A Challenge That I Overcame Arundel Hartman Bell 287

A Street Kid's Guide Jennings Michael Burch 289

Teenagers Today Kimberly Kirberger 293

An Open Heart Sandy Pathe 295

8 Growing Up

Wonder, to Me Jill Thieme 298

How Much Does It Cost? Margaret Hill 302

Image Isn't Everything Jamie Shockley 306

Hi There, Ugly! Greg Barker 310

Imprints Donna Miesbach 312

I Won't Be Left Behind Sara Nachtman 314

An Athlete's Prayer Sandy Dow Mapula 316

The Blank Page Jenni Norman 318

Who Is Jack Canfield? 321

Who Is Mark Victor Hansen? 322

Who Is Kimberly Kirberger? 323

Contributors 324

Permissions 336

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012


    This book looks super good and i hope i can buy it!(:

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    Posted October 6, 2012

    I love these books

    They r great but i was hopeing they wud hav one for a troubled teen

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