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

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The third volume in the Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul series promises more love, support and inspiration for the series' loyal teen readers.

"...written by teens, explores the issues faced from day to day...offers compassion and understanding to help manage the tough times...serves as a guide and constant companion."

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The third volume in the Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul series promises more love, support and inspiration for the series' loyal teen readers.

"...written by teens, explores the issues faced from day to day...offers compassion and understanding to help manage the tough times...serves as a guide and constant companion."

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Editorial Reviews

This third volume in the popular Chicken Soup series for teenagers is a collection of more than one hundred inspirational stories, poems, and cartoons organized into nine categories. Entries address relationships, friendship, family, lessons, tough stuff, overcoming obstacles, self-discovery, growing up, and the power of love. More than half of the pieces are teen-written. The quality of the writing varies, but a clear teenage voice is evident in most selections. Many are melodramatic but nonetheless produce an emotional response—tears more frequently than laughter. The categories are selected appropriately. Love, family, and self-discovery are universal issues with which teenagers struggle. Although some stories are light, most are deeply serious—dealing with the death of a parent, a heterosexual teen's discovery that his best friend is not, divorce, and the emotional trauma of bullying and being bullied. Some readers might be frustrated with the stories. Most writers succeed in describing problems but are less successful dealing with resolutions, resorting to the "and then I suddenly realized" formula but failing to demonstrate how their realization came about. Nevertheless other teens might read these selections and draw support from the recognition that they are not alone in their struggles. A list of contributors and contact information for many is provided as well as a list of organizations specializing in teenage issues. Consider purchasing this book for collections that do not include a previous volume. VOYA CODES: 2Q 2P M J S (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2000, Health Communications Inc., 389p, and Trade pb. Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Mary E. Heslin VOYA, February 2001 (Vol. 23, No.6)
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Gr 5-9-Fans of Chicken Soup are invited back for a third helping with this abridged version of the book (Health Communications, 2000). Storytelling is done by teen narrators David Kaufman, Ashley Peldon, and Kimberly Kirberger. The topics of the stories range from boys to bullies to bulimia. Most of them focus on teen concerns. The use of young narrators helps to give each story a sense of reality that should connect with many young adults. Using different voices for the title, a quote, and then the text of each story causes a little confusion at the beginning of each story. Purchase where the series is popular.-Todd Dunkelberg, Deschutes Public Library System, OR Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623610913
  • 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: 284,899
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield is cocreator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® 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
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Friends are treasures.
Horace Bruns

We both lie sideways on her bed, the screen door slapping open and shut with the California breeze. We thumb through fashion magazines, laughing at the hairstyles and smelling the perfume samples. It seems like any other Sunday between girlfriends; laughter filling the room, a half-eaten carton of cookies between the two of us. This was my Sunday afternoon ritual, the two of us and our magazines, and from the time I was twelve, I lived for these afternoons. She was my friend, but more than that, she was a safe place, an unconditional love, and she was an adult.

I had known Kim most of my life. For the first ten years of my life, Kim wasn't one of the closest adults in my life, but her husband John doted on me and was one of the only "grown-ups" to understand my fearless and abundant energy.

When I was twelve, I moved to Los Angeles to live with my father. Kim and John also lived nearby, and soon after my move, I began spending time at their home. Kim was fun; she liked to laugh and talk about boys. She listened to me while I talked about my crushes and fights with my family. She spoke to me as an equal, as a friend, not a child.

As I grew older, these visits became more important. I would cry over heartbreaks and whine about the latest rejection. The gap in age between us stayed the same, but the space between us grew closer. I called her with secrets, which she kept, and went to her when I couldn't handle my world for a while.

I think my parents went through periods of jealousy and hurt regarding Kim and our friendship, because they wished they could be the ones to whom I came with my stories. I had reached an age where it was harder to relate to my parents, but I still needed guidance. Kim offered that guidance; she didn't force-feed it.

Soon I was sixteen, and things began to change. I sunk into sadness, and I was slipping away from everyone, including Kim. I was taken to the hospital after swallowing a bottle of pain medication, and there, without question, was Kim. She was two hours away when the call came, and she showed up at the hospital with hair things and, of course, magazines. We didn't talk about the incident, but when she pulled my hair up for me, I saw in her eyes true fear and heartache. She used to say to me, "You wouldn't want to spend so much time with me if I really was your mom." I didn't understand those words until that day when she offered me the feeling of love without obligation. She wasn't my mom; she wasn't obligated to love me, she just did.

After my suicide attempt, things between us, though unspoken, began to change. I stopped spending Sunday afternoons at her house. I called, but not as often. I didn't feel good about myself, so I couldn't feel good about our friendship. I figured I had grown up and that we had just grown apart. Like any normal friendship, it had transformed, and I believed that I no longer needed Kim or the friendship.

The summer before I left for college, I went to say good-bye to Kim. Though we hadn't been as close for the last two years, we both cried when I left. I walked down the walkway from her house, and she called out from the kitchen window, "Call me if you need anything." I knew she meant that.

My first semester was hard. I was far from home, a little lonely, and things began to swing back down for me. With pure instinct, I picked up the phone. It was late. Kim picked up the phone, and I asked, "Were you sleeping?" She replied, "Yes, but it's okay. What's wrong? What do you need?" What I needed was Kim. I needed to hear her voice, and feel that California breeze in her back bedroom. I needed to tell her that our friendship had finally surpassed the age gap.

We talked about once a week after that, every Sunday afternoon. I called with the stress of my finals and with my newest boy problem. When I returned home for the summer, I went to Kim's, and we read magazines and ate cookies. I had become an adult, what she had always been. When I was younger, she had related to me on a level that I needed at that time, and now she relates to me as an equal. She was right; things would have been different if she were my mom. I didn't need another mom. I had one. I needed exactly what she gave: love, unconditional. And because she wanted me in her life, not because she had to have me.

—Lia Gay

(c)2000 Lia gay. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul III by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, 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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction: The Faces of Our Youth xvii
Share with Us xix
1. Relationships
Never Been Dissed--Until Now 2
Loving Yourself First 7
Dear Girl 9
Experience Is a Teacher 11
Dear Boy 15
A Crush 18
Sea Glass 21
Kiss 24
He Finally Said, "I Love You" 25
Why Girls Like Guys 27
The Funeral of My Rose 30
My Childhood Sweetheart 33
I Had to Let Him Go 37
I Never Thought It Would End This Way 40
Please Sign My Yearbook 44
My Knight on His White Horse 48
Fading Fast 52
2. Friendship
Why Rion Should Live 56
My Fairy Tale 60
Colorful Shades of Gray 63
My Best Friend Mike 66
Kim 68
When Forever Ends 71
Falling Out 75
My Best Friend 79
My Perfect Friend 86
Sometimes Things Are Never the Same 90
I Don't Talk to My Closest Friend 93
Have a Seat upon a Cloud 96
3. The Power of Love
Coffee-Shop Kindness 100
Mary Lou 103
Lessons of Life, from The Best College Admission Essays 105
Healing with Love 108
Forgive 112
The Gift of Time 114
Someday When I'm Older 119
Dear Child--A Sister's Message 123
A Message for Ben 126
Finger Paints and Crayons 128
4. Family
The Best of Brothers From The Best College Admission Essays 134
Kicki 137
Relief 140
Don't Cry, Dad 142
Ghost Mother 145
Unspoken Years 150
Rikki's Hug 153
About Mom, from The Best College Admission Essays 156
Dear Diary 158
The Turning Point 161
A Birthday Gift 163
The Mother Who Matters 165
Never Enough 167
Angel 170
5. Lessons
China's Story 174
Forever Changed 179
Kissing the Bully 182
A Difficult Lesson 186
Terri Jackson 189
Children's Eyes 193
Courage 196
Accentuating Difference 199
6. Tough Stuff
The Difficulty of These Times Excerpted from The Diary of Anne Frank 202
11:21 A.M. 203
Tears 207
Can That Be? 209
Fire and Rain 211
Minutes Like Hours 213
Life After Mom 216
Defining Myself 224
A Name in the Sand 227
Train Tracks 231
Emergency 911 234
Long Road Ahead 236
A Father's Ties 239
7. Overcoming Obstacles
Owning the World 246
Voices 251
I Just Wanted to Be Skinny 253
Inner Sustenance 256
I Am Not Alone 262
Four Kisses 265
Mark's Choice 269
Ability 272
The Final Game 274
Winner 277
8. Self-Discovery
An Ode to Shoes 282
Happiness from Within 285
Out of Step 289
She Stands Alone 295
The Essence of Adolescence 298
The Two Roads 300
Suspicion 303
Center Stage 305
Teenagers Are Amazing 311
So I Am Told 313
Automobile Ambivalence 315
9. Growing Up
Minimaxims for My Godson 322
No Longer a Child 327
Finding a Vision 329
No More What Ifs 333
All the More Beautiful 336
Return to High School 339
Inspirations 342
More Chicken Soup? 345
Supporting Teenagers 346
Who Is Jack Canfield? 348
Who Is Mark Victor Hansen? 349
Who Is Kimberly Kirberger? 350
Contributors 352
Permissions (continued) 365
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2008

    It's the best

    i love this book i would recommend it to anyone and to any age. it helped me go through a lot you should get this book i take it everywhere i go.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2004

    Love the Book

    It's a great book to read to someone that's younger. And the poems are god

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2003

    Why I love this book

    This book is a good book to read it talks about real things that us teenagers go through and it helps us to understand that other people go through it to, I really think it is an enjoyable book to read and you can learn alot from it.I hope that any one who reads it really enjoys it as much as I did

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    I love it

    At least 2 months ago, my father came to my room (i was crying) and bought me this book. Since he knows that i basiclly hate myself. This book made me more confinent than i ever was. I look foward to seeing more of these books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013


    Thats all?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013


    Some party at a bedtime book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012


    I love aoex dyer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012


    I think it's great it shows kids the way of life and love.I'm only twelve and I go to Kankakee Junoir High School in 7 grade and I love reading these kind of books.

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

    Great Book

    This book is about family, life lessons& relationships. It tells you.... Well in family's telling you stories about siblings seeing the best in each other and getting to know them more, and to figure out why they fight.
    My favorite character is Sarah Bercot. I love her story "Dear Boy." It talks about what she expects in a guy, but she's not asking for to much, just don't hurt her, It's very interesting. My favorite quote is " I hope that you would make me laugh, take care of me if i get sick and be trustworthy.
    I liked this book because it's very interesting and you would never know what would happen next, or what the person would say. You should read this book because it would help you later & during life. Also they give good advise about the difficulty of life, about your crushes and how to love yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2008

    Pretty Good

    This book was okay, and some of the stories were inspiring and made you feel happy and good compared to some of other people's stores they put in, because some were sad and made you feel bad. After a while, some stories got boring and you felt you were forced to read it. But some of the stories were really good and inspired you to go after what you believe a not just do something because others are doing it. But the poems in it were somewhat annoying because you would rather read an exciting story. I have read other Chicken Soup books and some had better stories. So, even though some if the stories were boring, some were great and inspiring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2004

    great book

    I have read the whole series of Chicken soup for the teenage soul, but I must say that Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul 3 is by far the best out of all. This book helped me through when I was down. I never thought that a book would actaully relate to me in so many ways. There has been experiences that I have gone through,and reading this book helped me tremendously. This book actaully is great because all the stories are true, which in my perspective, makes the book even better. You may not think so, but this book gave me a new perspective on life. I would recommend this book to all teeagers who have had experiences of loss,family problems,eating disorders to friendship. I think mostly every person that I know that has read this book thought it was great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2003

    HUGE FAN!!!

    I LOVE these books. This one is the BEST. My favorite story is on Page 7 --- it's by Harlan Cohen. I used to hate Valentine's Day, but not anymore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2003

    Great for anyone, any age!

    This is a great book. I read it myself and I was only 12. I think that teens could definetly understand this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2002

    This is a GRRREAT book!!!

    This book is AMAZING. I think it was better than the other two Chicken Soup...Teenage Soul books put together. I especially liked Dear Child-a sister's message, and I bought this book for my little sister's eleventh birthday. She hasn't gotten it yet, but I'm very confident that she will love it even more than I did.

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