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Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul: 101 Stories of Changes, Choices and Growing Up for Kids Ages 9-13 [School & Library Binding]

Jack Canfield , Mark Victor Hansen , Patty Hansen
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Oct. 12 2000 Chicken Soup for the Soul (Pb)

From remembering their own life experience or to watching their own children grow, most people recognize that the preteen years, ages nine to thirteen, can be one of the most awkward times in life-a period of tremendous physical and emotional change. At this age, youngsters are eager to leave the "kid" stage, yet are uncertain about what adolescence will bring; they'd rather listen to peers over parents, and hear all too often to "wait until you're older." Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul will guide kids through this transition.

Written by and for preteens, this uplifting collection of stories touches on the emotions and situations they experience every day: making and losing friends, fitting in while keeping their personal identity, discovering the opposite sex, dealing with pressures at school including violence, and coping with family issues such as divorce.

Chapters include: On Love, On Family, On Friendship, On Choices, On Changes, On Overcoming Obstacles, Eclectic Wisdom, Tough Stuff, Attitude and Perspective and Achieving Dreams. Contributors indclude: *NSYNC, Mia Hamm, Beverley Mitchell and Karl Malone.

Whether first-time Chicken Soup readers or "graduates" of the bestselling Kid's Soul book, preteens are sure to include this in their backpacks and book bags.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Inspired by the many readers of Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul (one of many in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series), the authors decided to reach out to young people at that incredibly confusing, exciting chapter of life, the preteen years. Readers between the ages of 9 and 12 (give or take a year) sometimes felt that the book for kids was too young, while the edition for teens (Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul) was too old. In this warm, supportive anthology of true stories by and about preteens, the very issues that seem so complicated and insurmountable are addressed with intelligence and openness. Divorce, violence, death, friendships, school, family, attitudes, changes, dreams... preteens have a lot to offer and a lot to learn on these subjects. Many of the brief essays, cartoons, quotations, and introductions are witty as well as wise and touching; readers might devour the book from start to finish, drop in for a story here and there, or focus on a concern that is most important at the moment. The preteen years seem to be the perfect time to reach kids, before they are lost in teen angst and coolness. And who better to learn from than their own peers? For some added incentive to read, celebrities such as Mia Hamm, Karl Malone, and 'N Sync have contributed essays as well. (Ages 9 to 13) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-7-Like other titles in the "Chicken Soup" series, this volume contains numerous short pieces of verse and prose, interspersed with comic strips of "Calvin & Hobbes," "Family Circus," and "Dennis the Menace," as well as pithy quotations selected as lead-ins to some of the pieces. The writings are grouped under headings such as "Achieving Dreams," "Overcoming Obstacles," "On Choices," and "Eclectic Wisdom" (for the bits that didn't fit elsewhere?). They are intended to encourage, inspire, and comfort. Each of the stories carries an author's name, and those written by young people give an age as well. Snail mail and e-mail addresses are included for those who want to respond to the book or submit stories and poems of their own. Children who loved Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul (Health Communications, 1998) will no doubt welcome another serving.
Elaine Fort Weischedel, Franklin Public Library, MA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Preteen Needs This Book!! Feb. 25 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is probably one of the greatest books I have ever read. Before I got it, I thought I was going through stuff that no one could relate to. After reading it for just a little while, I realized I wasn't alone.
The sections in this book are Achieving Dreams, On Friendship, On Family, On Love, On Death and Dying, On Attitude and Perspective, Overcoming Obstacles, On Choices, On Tough Stuff, On Changes, and Eclectic Wisdom. You will laugh, cry, feel thankful, feel bad, and you can relate to some of the stories. Celebrities Mia Hamm, Karl Malone, Beverly Mitchell, and the members of *NSYNC add their feelings and stories to the books.
I don't think you can be too young or too old to read this book. I have read parts to my parents, and they felt exactly the same way I did. My younger brother also enjoyed it. The book is narated with cartoons like the Family Circus, Calvin and Hobbes, and Dennis the Menace.
After reading this book, I felt better about making new friends, my life, and the tragadies and unexpected things about being a preteen. I hope you do to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, hard edge realism Nov. 28 2000
Format:Paperback
I purchased this Chicken Soup book for my eight year old son, although the book states 9-12. The younger version for kids seemed too "slight." And his teacher had read a few stories from this version, so we decided to buy it for him as an Xmas 2000 book.
I have found it riveting, and many of the stories can bring tears to your eyes. The stories are concise. The writing is fluid and easy to understand. I was struck, however, by the intensity and hard edge realism of some of them. There is a section on death and a number of the other stories touch on grief, divorce, loss and death. My son just lost his grandmother in March (my mom) so I believe some of these tales will be helpful. They touched my own heart. Parents should be aware however that there is a heavy dose of despair--albeit overcome by strength and love. Also some nine year olds are more mature, wiser and perhaps less innocent than others. A nine year old from an otherwise happy, intact family who has yet to face a great deal of loss or grief may be taken a back, perhaps even a little frightened. This is a good work that should be reviewed first by a parent. Certainly consider the age prescribed. Also examine your own views on death, dying and marriage dissolution. These stories may helpfully support them, or they may not.
As a consultant in the child and youth development field, I would be more likely to steer the 11-13 year old grappling with specific issues to this Chicken Soup.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very Soulful and deep book. Oct. 28 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I love this book ! It helped me and many preteens through the hard times together. This book is like a Best Friend. You feel like you have "Shared experiences" with it so when something occours in your life, this book has stories about it to comfort you and help you through your troubles. This book was origanally supposed to be Chicken Soup for the Kids Soul 2, but they got so many letters saying they need a preteen book that they changed the name and added a few different stories. I found out that, when I read the Kids soul, It was too babyish for me and the Teen soul was a bit too mature for me( I am 11 years old). So thats how they created teh preteen sould for ages 9-13.I highly recommend this to you and every strugguling preteen out there. You can even read this book just for comfort if you wish. Please make some time to read this book.Thank you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! Dec 21 2000
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Format:Paperback
This book was wonderdul! Finally they've made a book that I can really understand. This book really teaches you all of lifes wonders. I recomend this book to all pre-teens. It helps you get through teen life. Some of the stories in the book made me cry and some I knew I've been in that postion before, and it sucks! Maybe you could call it "Shared experiences" as others say. Once I was camping with a friend and I brought the Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul 2 book along with me. We read it in the car and cryed most of the time. It teaches you what lifes really about. It tells you your not the only one out ther having all these meesed up problems! This book taught me there are more important things in life than looks or clothes, I really benifited from this book. I highly recomend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Jan. 4 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Recently I purchased Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul. I have just turned 11 years old. So far, I have enjoyed my newest Chicken Soup book. I have already received Chicken Soup for the Kids Soul as a gift, but now I believe I am growing out of it. I am almost a teenager who is going through her preteen years. This book has helped me find myself inside myself. I really love the authors who write Chicken Soup and the contributors who send in their funny, sad, and meaningful stories. This book talks about changes in life, getting older, the tough stuff we go through as preteens. My favorite stories are the ones of the people who are actually in their preteen years and how they deal with this tough time in their lives. Overall, I enjoy the book very much.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmmmm.......... June 13 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I liked it alot, but there was some stuff that didn't thrill me. I do agree that it is a guide through the preteen years, but some of the stories, like sickness, death and dying, tragic events. In that part it was like a bad horror movie. I started reading at a very young age, only nine, and maybe that's why. But it was very sad. I didn't need to know that stuff, really. When I read one story, about this boy having woken up in the middle of the night, and hurling, and all this ucky stuff, the next night I couldn't get to sleep because the story scared me. What would happen if that happened to me? I wound up not liking it as much, as I thought I would. It's only the truth. I'm waiting till I'm older to maybe enjoy it more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chicken Soup for Preteen Soul definitely is a good read
I bought this as a present for my younger sister who belongs to the preteen age category suggested in the book. Read more
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Published on Sept. 4 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars This book haz all of the stuff a preeteen needs 2 know
this book has everything from tragic happenings in family to your first kiss i think every preeteen should read this
Published on Aug. 24 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a MUST for preteens!
I abosolutly loved this book. In fact I loved it so much I read it two times and it only took me about 2 weeks to read it both times!! Read more
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I loved this episode of Chiken Soup and I really recommend it. All the storys of achivieing dreams are my favorite because it is true you can achieve your dream if you try.
Published on May 19 2003
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Published on Jan. 7 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Book!!!!!!!!! Awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Published on Nov. 11 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars touching but ....
This book has a lot of touching stories. But after reading a while, I got fed up because most of the stories can be put into one formula: death + love.
Published on Aug. 19 2002 by "theresa33714"
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