Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: The Real Deal Challenges: Stories about Disses, Losses, Messes, Stresses & More

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CHALLENGES. Failing a class, getting dumped and figuring out where you fit in, are all difficult high school challenges. Finding the answer is not always easy. And let's face it, your parents may give you advice, but rarely do they really know where you’re coming from. So, if you’re looking for the real deal on issues like anorexia, dating, or helping a friend in trouble, you've come to the right place.

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Overview

CHALLENGES. Failing a class, getting dumped and figuring out where you fit in, are all difficult high school challenges. Finding the answer is not always easy. And let's face it, your parents may give you advice, but rarely do they really know where you’re coming from. So, if you’re looking for the real deal on issues like anorexia, dating, or helping a friend in trouble, you've come to the right place.

So What's the Deal?

The good news about tackling challenges is that you end up stronger and smarter once you reach the other side. These stories

are from teenagers just like you who have gone through many of the same problems and survived. Whether it’s standing up to the mean girl in the cafeteria or staying true to yourself under peer pressure, Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: The Real Deal Challenges tells you the absolute truth about what it means to be a teen.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780757304071
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/6/2006
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Pages: 280
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 1050L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are the bestselling co-creators of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Deborah Reber, a former children's television executive, is a young adult author who specializes in collaborative work. As the Ancillary Business Manager for Nickelodeon's hit preschool show, Blue's Clues, Deborah wrote more than a dozen Blue's Clues books, including two NY Times bestsellers, and co-authored a line of educational workbooks. Her most recent writing includes It's My Life's Guide to Friendship (Fall 2004), the tween fiction novel EverGirl (working title) and the first two books in the Chicken Soup Real Deal series. Deborah is also the Editor and Publisher of Bold Ink: Collected Voices of Women and Girls, an anthology by WriteGirl, a nonprofit creative writing organization that matches women writers with teen girls for one-on-one mentoring. She resides in Seattle, WA.

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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Challenges. We all have them. Big ones, little ones,
seemingly insurmountable ones. They're a part of everyone's life. It may seem like some people have more challenging lives than others, and while this may be true, it's not how many challenges you have or how intense they are that matters—it's about how you deal with the challenges that come your way.

They say that you can never know what someone else's life is like until you've walked a mile in their shoes.Well, I think that's true. Everyone has their own thing going on.We're all unique—
from our DNA and our upbringing and home life to our way of looking at the world.And what might be no big deal for one person might be a huge challenge for someone else, and vice versa.

Challenges don't have to be the end of the world (and it's a good thing, too, or the world would have ended a long time ago).With the right perspective and the right tools, we can get through life's challenges in style.We might even come out the other side of a challenge in better shape than we were before the challenge arose. Don't believe me? Well, I have an example that might change your thinking. Ever heard of Lance Armstrong? At the top of his game, cyclist Lance Armstrong was faced with a huge challenge—he was diagnosed with widespread cancer and given less than a 50 percent chance of surviving. But not only did Lance Armstrong survive, he came back to make sports history by winning the grueling Tour de France a record six times in a row and making his mark as one of the most gifted athletes of all time.

While this is a pretty extreme example, the moral of the story is one worth remembering. Even when challenges seem like more than we can take, we can face them, and we can overcome them. And that's where this book comes in. In the pages of this book are real stories and real poems from teens like you—teens who are facing challenges like eating disorders and broken families and natural disasters and low self-esteem.Woven in among these moving stories and poems are tons of sidebars on everything from movies to see and books to read, to ideas for handling your own challenges and quizzes to help you figure out where you stand when it comes to tough issues. And just like the other Real Deal books, you'll get my point of view throughout too, as I write introductions to each teen-written contribution. And who am I, you ask? My name is Deborah Reber, and I'm a writer living in Seattle with a special interest in working with teens.Why? Because I used to be one, and I know how difficult it can be.

We've worked hard to put this book together for you, and we hope that it becomes a handbook to help you get through the curveballs that life throws you. We hope that no matter what your challenges are, you can see your experiences through the words in this book and discover useful strategies for coming out on top.

-Deborah Reber

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