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Chocolate For A Teens Soul: Lifechanging Stories For Young Women About Growing Wise And Growing Strong

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Rich, enticing, and delectable as a luscious box of chocolates, this collection offers 55 tales of life and love as a teenager. From teens of every age, including women who remember what it was like, come stories of first love, first jobs, best friends, heartbreak, hope, innocence, and the real world. Poignant, funny, and powerful, these stories tell it like it is. From the recollection of a first kiss to tales of self-consciousness about a changing body, from painful struggles with parents and grandparents to ...
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Overview

Rich, enticing, and delectable as a luscious box of chocolates, this collection offers 55 tales of life and love as a teenager. From teens of every age, including women who remember what it was like, come stories of first love, first jobs, best friends, heartbreak, hope, innocence, and the real world. Poignant, funny, and powerful, these stories tell it like it is. From the recollection of a first kiss to tales of self-consciousness about a changing body, from painful struggles with parents and grandparents to the joy of abiding family love, teens will see themselves in these pages and find comfort in knowing that they are not alone.
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I got my first cat when I was six years old. She was a stray; my mother found her and brought her home to me. We spent 19 full years together. Always the perfect cat, she died in her sleep when she was growing too frail for fun. She must have known I would never have had the strength to put her to sleep myself.

I was (understandably) devastated when she died -- and my phone rang off the hook. Many of my friends had grown up with my cat, too, and were calling to express their grief. The weeks after her death are a weepy blur, but one conversation stands out in my mind. A woman I wasn't very close to called to tell me about the death of her dog. There was something overwhelmingly comforting about her story. Even though she didn't know me or my "kitten" well, her shared experience just made me feel less alone.

Shared stories are the idea of Chocolate for a Teen's Soul by Kay Allenbaugh. "Rich stories, like chocolate, not only make you feel good, they can also serve as comfort through confusing times," she writes in her introduction. (Allenbaugh is apparently a chocolate freak; she has also written Chocolate for Woman's Soul, ...for a Lover's Heart, ...for a Woman's Heart, ...for a Mother's Heart, etc.) Her collected stories, written by women young and old and bundled by theme in chapters like "Onward and Upward," "Making Memories," and "What Is This Thing Called Love?", are not always uplifting -- and therein lies the strength of Chocolate for a Teen's Soul.

The emotional range of Allenbaugh's selected stories is impressive. One girl explains how the death of her great-grandfather gave her the strength to ask a popular boy to dance with her. Experiencing death taught her to "make each moment count." Which is also why she is capable of handling it when he turns her down. (Never fear, another cute boy comes along in a moment.) Another young woman writes of a teacher who doubts her poetry skills and forces her to stand up and defend herself for the first time in her life. Yet another girl writes about fear, roller coasters, and her father. There are, of course, the perennially interesting tales of first loves, as well as the now ubiquitous but unfortunately necessary essays on abuse (by a boyfriend) and eating disorders.

Allenbaugh wasn't satisfied to leave it at that. She smartly chose to vary the voices in her book. Hence the story written by a mother coming to terms with her daughter growing up. Or the wonderful story of a woman who fled Soviet-occupied Hungary. This "global" story demonstrates the universality of adolescent worries; she, too, thinks about clothes and friends.

Allenbaugh has bound together a delightful mix of stories. Her goal, as stated in her introduction, is to mentor teens with her stories, and surely she has succeeded. The bulk of her success lies in her somewhat quirky sensibility. In the middle of Allenbaugh's "Love" chapter is a delightful story, "Grooming Nisha." This is no first-kiss tale but rather the experience of a girl who raises seeing-eye dogs -- caring for them until they are old enough to perform their duties. She details the bittersweet pain of giving Nisha up. There is also a story on the death of a family dog.

Which leads me right back to my kitten. Sometimes, especially when you are 14, the word "love" means romantic love. Friends are surely sympathetic if you and your boyfriend break up. But what about if your kitty dies? Adults usually understand that kind of pain better. In Chocolate for a Teen's Soul, Allenbaugh opens up the definition of love and of other experiences. She teaches and offers comfort in the form of shared experience...just like that acquaintance of mine did.

--Alexandra Zissu

From the Publisher
Iyanla Vanzant author of Don't Give It Away Here is the truth about learning to live and love from women who have been there. Read it!

Carmen Renee Berry coauthor of Girlfriends and Daddies and Daughters Chocolate for a Teen's Soul provides wisdom that women of any age need to live life with grace and stamina. Wish I had had something like this when I was young!

Marianne Williamson author of A Return to Love and Enchanted Love These warm and wonderful stories show young women how precious they are and how fabulous they can become!

Sean Covey bestselling author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens Inspiring, real-life stories that will cheer the soul and lighten the mind and breathe hope into the life of every teen.

VOYA
Brief pieces on a wide range of subjects make this latest installment of the Chocolate series a good choice for classroom read-alouds or for reluctant readers. Allenbaugh includes a variety of essays with authors ranging from adult women looking back on life-changing experiences to teens reflecting on more immediate situations. The stories clearly are aimed at young women, indicated by both the subtitle and the subject matter. In the various thematic sections are stories of first love, first loss of a grandparent, experiences with beauty pageants, starting college, finding mentors, and other topics of interest to teen girls as they navigate their way into adult life. Several essays feature overcoming difficult circumstances, such as handicaps, and a few recall growing up in Nazi Germany. The book is a fair mix of light and serious pieces. Teens looking for quick inspiration should find it here. Chocolate for a Teen's Soul is part of a five-book series; more are planned for the future. Teens who enjoy the Chicken Soup books should also like this volume. This book is recommended primarily for young women age twelve through eighteen and would be a worthwhile addition to a school or public library as well as classroom collections. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2000, Simon & Schuster, 243pp, Trade pb. Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Dana Vance SOURCE: VOYA, April 2001 (Vol. 24, No.1)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684870816
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 8/8/2000
  • Series: Chocolate Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 670,244
  • Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Kay Allenbaugh, creator of the Chocolate series, is a writer and speaker who is known as "The Caretaker of Stories for Women of the World." She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Contributors to the Chocolate series include bestselling authors, motivational speakers, newspaper columnists, radio hosts, spiritual leaders, psychotherapists, businesswomen, and teenagers from all over the world.

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Introduction

Rich stories, like chocolate, not only make you feel good, they can also serve as comfort through confusing times. Many of the stories in Chocolate for a Teen's Soul are written by young women themselves. You will be amazed at the ability of these writers to tell it like it is about everything from personal triumphs, conflicts, and challenges to most embarrassing moments. Some have had to "draw a line in the sand" as they discovered their own boundaries, while others tell of first loves that were never meant to last. These true stories will help you not only survive, but flourish, as you discover what these young women from the teen years to early twenties have learned — often the hard way — about what it means to be growing wise and growing strong.

As I began this latest volume of Chocolate stories, I must admit that at first I felt intimidated, because while I'm young in spirit, my chronological years are showing up in many ways! My desire was to find your collective heartbeat and gather stories that talk about the things that matter most to you. I'm pleased to say that the assortment of stories offered in Chocolate for a Teen's Soul are as varied — ranging from poignant to playful — yet connected as each of you are to one another, no matter how old you may be.

Every young woman needs a mentor — someone older whom they can think of as having it all together. Many powerful stories in this book are written for young women by young women themselves, and they are also written by women who will serve as mentors as they look back on their own unforgettable moments with an "if I'd known then what I know now" kind of spirit.

Today, more than ever before, you have the opportunity to be high-tech and wildly creative, and to reinvent your world as you go — but now and then you may find yourself longing for things to be more simple. With so many forces at play, it's no surprise that you may feel grateful for all the opportunities available to you and overwhelmed at the same time. In no other time in your life will you have the youthfulness to climb mountains, the fresh eyes to see the world anew, the passion for first loves, or more desire to be fiercely independent and unique. And with all these opportunities come challenge.

So grab some chocolate and sit with a friend, your older sister, your mom, your mentor, or by yourself and read the stories that are calling to you. May these stories make you laugh and cry, may they provide humor to something you might be taking too seriously, or may they be your companion as you seek answers to your own hurdles. In Chocolate for a Teen's Soul, triumph always reigns — and that's the best kind of inspiration of all!

Copyright © 2000 by Kay Allenbaugh

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

Onward and Upward

Making It Count Beth Williams

Coming of Age Talia Carner

Diving for It Sheila Stephens

Big Hills Rebecca L. Allor

The "In" Crowd Michele Wallace Campanelli

Miss Congeniality and More Maggie Bedrosian

True Colors Jennifer Gordon Gray

Second Act Jacquelyn B. Fletcher

The Hand-Me-Down Renie Szilak Burghardt

What Is This Thing Called Love?

Love on the Yellow Brick Road Ranae Quashnock

Roller Skates and License Plates Michelle Carrington

Grooming Nisha Kirsten Snyder

An Angel in Disguise Shelly Clark

A Magical Moment Cherie Pedé

Be Careful What You Ask For Michelle Thomas

My True Love Margaret J. (Mimi) Popp

Unforgettable Beauty Jean Jeffrey Gietzen

Aisha, Marcus, and Adrian Aisha D. Gayle

Growing Pains

Southwick's Sweatshirt Brianna Mahin-Ayers

Enhanced with Lace Junette Kirkham Woller

Pretty Enough Beth Schorr Jaffe

Snickers and Grace Dawn S. Neely

Brown- and Blue-Eyed Bridges Candis Fancher

The Tempered Bell Erika Eberhardt

The Long Ride Home Victoria Marissa Hurtado

Zapped Robin Richards

Camp Gramma Kyla Merwin

Vision Keepers

Life-School Tips I'd Tell My Daughter Kay Allenbaugh

Weaving a Tapestry of Life Krista Veenker Rothschild

Defining Yourself Kristine Meldrum Denholm

Character Study Sheila Stephens

First Impressions Linda G. Engel

In the Company of Women Carrie D. Thornton

Clearing the Clouds upon My Heart Sheri Terjeson

True Heart Ursula Bacon

Over, Under, or Through

On My Own Amy Johnson

Regie the Bear Kathleen M. Muldoon

Other Dances Paola Juvenal

Prom Dreams Pam Thompson

Painting Trees Alaina Smith

In Search of Mermaids Barbara Davey

Butterflies and Elephants Lisa Robertson

Keeping the High Watch

Getting Back On Krissa Englebright

Ask and You Shall Receive Ellen Urbani Hiltebrand

My Mother After All Marguerite Murer

A Prairie Tale Nancy Kiernan

A Little Sister's Prayer Diane Gonzales Bertrand

If I'd Known Then What I Know Now Kay Allenbaugh

Little Girl, Big Girl Ruth Achilles

More Than a Test Valentina A. Bloomfield

The Wedding Sharon Schafer

Making Memories

Comfort in the Wild Delin Cormeny

The Basket Lady Kathie Harrington

My Christmas Wish Lisl Hershberger

The Great Chocolate Caper Sheila S. Hudson

I've Been Working on the Railroad! Nancy B. Gibbs

A Special Night Out Suella Walsh

Katie's Diamond Katie Harrington

Having It All Sarah Richardson

More Chocolate Stories

Contributors

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First Chapter

Introduction Rich stories, like chocolate, not only make you feel good, they can also serve as comfort through confusing times. Many of the stories in Chocolate for a Teen's Soul are written by young women themselves. You will be amazed at the ability of these writers to tell it like it is about everything from personal triumphs, conflicts, and challenges to most embarrassing moments. Some have had to "draw a line in the sand" as they discovered their own boundaries, while others tell of first loves that were never meant to last. These true stories will help you not only survive, but flourish, as you discover what these young women from the teen years to early twenties have learned -- often the hard way -- about what it means to be growing wise and growing strong.

As I began this latest volume of Chocolate stories, I must admit that at first I felt intimidated, because while I'm young in spirit, my chronological years are showing up in many ways! My desire was to find your collective heartbeat and gather stories that talk about the things that matter most to you. I'm pleased to say that the assortment of stories offered in Chocolate for a Teen's Soul are as varied -- ranging from poignant to playful -- yet connected as each of you are to one another, no matter how old you may be.

Every young woman needs a mentor -- someone older whom they can think of as having it all together. Many powerful stories in this book are written for young women by young women themselves, and they are also written by women who will serve as mentors as they look back on their own unforgettable moments with an "if I'd known then what I know now"kind of spirit.

Today, more than ever before, you have the opportunity to be high-tech and wildly creative, and to reinvent your world as you go -- but now and then you may find yourself longing for things to be more simple. With so many forces at play, it's no surprise that you may feel grateful for all the opportunities available to you and overwhelmed at the same time. In no other time in your life will you have the youthfulness to climb mountains, the fresh eyes to see the world anew, the passion for first loves, or more desire to be fiercely independent and unique. And with all these opportunities come challenge.

So grab some chocolate and sit with a friend, your older sister, your mom, your mentor, or by yourself and read the stories that are calling to you. May these stories make you laugh and cry, may they provide humor to something you might be taking too seriously, or may they be your companion as you seek answers to your own hurdles. In Chocolate for a Teen's Soul, triumph always reigns -- and that's the best kind of inspiration of all!

Copyright © 2000 by Kay Allenbaugh

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Introduction

Introduction

Rich stories, like chocolate, not only make you feel good, they can also serve as comfort through confusing times. Many of the stories in Chocolate for a Teen's Soul are written by young women themselves. You will be amazed at the ability of these writers to tell it like it is about everything from personal triumphs, conflicts, and challenges to most embarrassing moments. Some have had to "draw a line in the sand" as they discovered their own boundaries, while others tell of first loves that were never meant to last. These true stories will help you not only survive, but flourish, as you discover what these young women from the teen years to early twenties have learned—often the hard way—about what it means to be growing wise and growing strong. As I began this latest volume of Chocolate stories, I must admit that at first I felt intimidated, because while I'm young in spirit, my chronological years are showing up in many ways! My desire was to find your collective heartbeat and gather stories that talk about the things that matter most to you. I'm pleased to say that the assortment of stories offered in Chocolate for a Teen's Soul are as varied—ranging from poignant to playful—yet connected as each of you are to one another, no matter how old you may be.

Every young woman needs a mentor—someone older whom they can think of as having it all together. Many powerful stories in this book are written for young women by young women themselves, and they are also written by women who will serve as mentors as they look back on their own unforgettable moments with an "if I'd known then what I know now" kind of spirit.

Today, more than ever before, you have the opportunity to be high-tech and wildly creative, and to reinvent your world as you go—but now and then you may find yourself longing for things to be more simple. With so many forces at play, it's no surprise that you may feel grateful for all the opportunities available to you and overwhelmed at the same time. In no other time in your life will you have the youthfulness to climb mountains, the fresh eyes to see the world anew, the passion for first loves, or more desire to be fiercely independent and unique. And with all these opportunities come challenge.

So grab some chocolate and sit with a friend, your older sister, your mom, your mentor, or by yourself and read the stories that are calling to you. May these stories make you laugh and cry, may they provide humor to something you might be taking too seriously, or may they be your companion as you seek answers to your own hurdles. In Chocolate for a Teen's Soul, triumph always reigns—and that's the best kind of inspiration of all! Copyright © 2000 by Kay Allenbaugh

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2003

    Terrific addition!!

    This book is a wonderful addition to classroom library! My students & I love it!! The chocalate series really gets students into reading. Many of them can't part with it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2001

    this was a good book....................

    This Book is a must have for young girls.The Stories were great and taught many vauable lessons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2000

    Chocolate for the Teens Soul

    I have recently discovered that this book was made to tell stories of teenaged girls¿ lives. Many people put their stories in this book to help other girls with similar problems. Girls could probably relate to this book more than any other book because it tells of stories that they might have experienced at a time in their lives. This book is very touching because it tells of young teens¿ lives and what they went through to get where they are now. This book talks about how they can fall in love and just as quickly fall out of love. It tells about how a loved can die and can make you seem all alone in the world. This book to me shows me what teenagers like me can go through and what they have to do to move on and try to forget what has happened in their lives.

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