Who Moved My Cheese? for Teens

Who Moved My Cheese? for Teens

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by Spencer Johnson

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Help a teen you know deal with the changes in his or her life with the book that has helped so many others.

?Cheese? is a metaphor for what you want in life and the book gives teens a fun vocabulary and way to understand change and move forward in their lives.


Help a teen you know deal with the changes in his or her life with the book that has helped so many others.

?Cheese? is a metaphor for what you want in life and the book gives teens a fun vocabulary and way to understand change and move forward in their lives.

Editorial Reviews

Finally, teens can get a whiff of the internationally bestselling book about accepting changes in life. When a group begins talking about the difficulties of change, Chris starts the tale of Who Moved My Cheese, in which Hem, Haw, Sniff, and Scurry race through a maze looking for cheese. Adapting his adult-oriented book to the world of teens, Spencer Johnson deftly applies his popular parable to school challenges, college decisions, dealing with parents, dating, sports, and more. A wonderful tool for classroom teachers, counselors, and parents, this lesson in remaining patient, focused, and aware is excellent food for thought.
Publishers Weekly
Spencer Johnson, M.D., adapts his bestselling adult title for a teenage audience, in Who Moved My Cheese? for Teens. Here a teenage student presents the parable (identical to that featured in the adult version) in the high school cafeteria: two mice and two "Littlepeople" (Hem and Haw) who search for cheese in a maze and react to change in distinctly different ways ("The Cheese stands for whatever's important to you like getting on a team, having a boyfriend or girlfriend, getting into college..."). In a concluding discussion, the friends apply the parable to specific situations in their lives. The author's message about the importance of anticipating, accepting and using change to improve one's life can surely benefit this audience. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
I thought this book was ridiculous. The whole cheese story was cheesy, the messages that Haw writes were too obvious, and the whole book was a waste of my time. Who doesn't know that dealing with change is tough? I really wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. Illus. VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P J S (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2002, Putnam's, 96p,
— John Darby, Teen Reviewer
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-This version of the author's adult title contains the basic parable, but in a much simpler format, almost bordering on a chapter book. In this version, several teens have heard that their school is changing to a three-semester program because of overcrowding, and they react to the news in a variety of ways. Unconcerned, Chris laughs, which prompts his friends to find out why he is so upbeat. He relates a story about two mice, Sniff and Scurry, and two "Littlepeople," Hem and Haw, who search a maze every day for what they need. When the "Cheese" is gone, the mice go in search of more, but the others react differently. There are full-page inserts of one-sentence homilies such as, "The Quicker You Let Go of Old Cheese, The Sooner You Find New Cheese," and spot illustrations of the characters. While the message about the importance of adapting to change is inherent in this book, the almost childlike approach may turn off teens.-Jana R. Fine, Clearwater Public Library System, FL Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)
880L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Spencer Johnson, M.D., is the originator of The One Minute Manager System ™ and co-author of The New York Times bestsellers The One Minute Manager ®, The One Minute Sales Person, and One Minute for Myself. His other bestsellers include Who Moved My Cheese?; The Precious Present; and Yes or No: The Guide to Better Decisions.

He has written more than two dozen books dealing with medicine and the behavioral sciences, and has millions of copies of his books in print in twenty-six languages, including the popular children’s book series ValueTales ™.

Dr. Johnson received a B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Southern California, an M.D. from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and medical clerkships at Harvard Medical School and the Mayo Clinic. He lives with his family in Hawaii.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 1, 1940
Place of Birth:
South Dakota
B.A. in psychology, University of Southern California, 1963; M.D., Royal College of Surgeons

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Who Moved My Cheese? for Teens 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
is this a short read?? 96 pages??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story This is a great book for anyone who is currently under stress or is constantly stressed out. Really helped me to deal with the stress and changfes in my life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was great story. It helps you learn about change in your life.
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Jason_Ball More than 1 year ago
Who Moved My Cheese uses a simple metaphor of mice in a maze to get you thinking about where change is affecting your life and whether or not you are taking a proactive approach in dealing with it.

An outstanding parable I recommend for leadership and personal productivity is Squawk! - How to Stop Making Noise and Start Getting Results.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an 11th grader currently in AP English 'yes, we were assigned this book'... I was extremely disappointed. This book is designated for 'teens,' but it seemed as if the author wrote it for 3rd graders. I understand that the story is supposed to be somewhat elementary and simple.. but the chapters that 'connected' the story to a 'teenager's life' were completely ridiculous and condescending. It was like watching a movie with cheesy acting and bad writing. Furthermore, the general message of the story is completely off. When the cheese was moved, the people were just supposed to follow it. What about creating their own cheese? 'i.e. becoming a LEADER rather than a follower?' Think about that one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the book seemed predictable throughout, but overall it was okay, not the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book simply states, over and over again, i might add, that Change is good. Period. Accepting change will do nothing but make your life better! No matter what the change is, it will improve your life. It could be a change in class schedule, your family is forced to move because your dad got fired from his job,(which you should have seen coming, anyway. Accept it!). This book is not relavent to a teenagers life at all.(and since I am one, i can say from expierence.) Upon saying that, the actual message is universal, and i belive that Joe Diffie said it in a song: Everything changes, Everything changes. However, I do not think that this book will teach you HOW to accept change and use it to your advantage, but it does TELL you to do that. ALways question, never just accept. That is what threw me off.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book puts everthing into perspective for people denying change. I wish that I would have read this book sooner. I loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Are you in need of motivation, or another way to look at your problems? Who Moved My Cheese? For Teens by Spencer Johnson is just right for you. The book uses simple characters and a simple plot to display alternative methods for self motivation. Johnson offers views on several behavioral styles and shows how they feed off of each other. The book is not only interesting but is also inspirational. It allows the reader to relate themselves to the characters in the book. After realizing the roles of the characters in the story it helps to better analyze life and the effects others may have on your success. Upon reading the book I not only became hungry for cheese but also for knowledge and understanding. Aside from being interesting, the book is very easy to read. It kept me wanting to know more about the characters and how life motivated them in different directions. The book seems like it would not only be helpful to teens but to anyone who reads it. Who Moved My Cheese? is also amusing being that the characters are not able to see their faults which are clearly visible to the reader. The examples and analogies are very easy to understand make since. It can be said that the book is very successful in getting its points across. Statements made such as ¿movement in a new direction helps you find new cheese¿ can be taken anyway necessary. The reader can use the quotes like this one and apply them to whatever aspect of life necessary at the time. The book is effective because it gives the reader the option to interpret in whatever way necessary and still end up with a positive outlook on life. The point most liked from this book is the fact that it does leave room for interpretation and does not necessarily tell the reader how to live their life, but still offers effective motivation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one awesome book. its very insirational
Guest More than 1 year ago
well, first of all, most of the critics and reviewers are considering this book to be writen for the teenagers, but I quess, that it's dedicated not only for them. As I understand, people realise that they should change smth in their lives when they have already reached smth. so to my mind this book is the perfect one for the big companies, bussinessmen and parents.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was ok it inspires teens but how can we relate our lives to cheese they should write a book about real people and real experiences
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book has its moments..not many but it does have some. I do recommend it but only if you read it with a grain of salt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a good reference to how we must all face change in our lives. I would like to thank spencer for his guidance in this masterpiece he has rewritten for people my age group. THANK YOU!!