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Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul: 101 Stories of Changes, Choices and Growing Up for Kids ages 9-13

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Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul: 101 Stories of Changes, Choices and Growing Up for Kids, ages 9-13 (Chicken Soup for the Soul)
Paperback, 380 pages
Published October 12th 2000 by HCI (first published January 1st 2000)
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Dec 12, 2015 Can rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4 ya da 5inci sınıftayken okuduğum ve çok sevdiğimi hatırladığım bir kitaptı ve bir dönüş yapmak istedim ve hikayelerin yarısından fazlasını hatırladığımı farkettim :')
Jan 19, 2012 Maxine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book on my tenth birthday from one of my aunts, and it was the only book that I would voluntarily read back then since I wasn't too big on reading.

I read the stories which seemed interesting and enjoyed reading them. But just weeks before my 12th birthday my grandfather died. Months after, I remembered the book and read through the ones of death and dying. It helped me get through better, knowing that others have been through it but have learned from their experience.

I've laughed, c
Jun 29, 2008 Jenn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE :)
Recommended to Jenn by: my wonderful mom
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! Omg i remember reading it. It was practically breath-taking. I dont kno why though :) just something about the stories and i had my share of laughs and tears with each story and case scenario. I definitely would like people to read it something about it just comforts besides the fact that you know that there are people who can relate to you or are worse off an have a better outlook on life than you. Definitely gets you all worked up and more in touch with your inner-self an ...more
Jan 21, 2011 mal-mal rated it it was amazing
so far my favorite story is the first one. it is a beautiful story about a bear that travels around the world. the other stories are just as amazing
Jan 06, 2010 Violet rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
COUNT AS TWO BOOKS! This book contains a collection of stories from people who've struggled during their preteen years but have managed to survive. Through these stories current preteens and people who have passed them. Towards the end of each story the writer gives advice to preteens who are in the same situation or share what they've learned throgh their experiences.
I think that these are great stories and keept me hooked because so many of these stories I can relate with and laugh as I reca
Dec 17, 2008 Rebecca rated it it was ok
If you don't enjoy cynical reviews, cease reading this now. The stories contained in this book (and other Chicken Soup books) are nice and are about life lessons, but it is my personal theory and belief that life lessons cannot be learned via reading them in a book; they must be lived. In a critical moment no one (or at least very few people) will think 'now what did I learn in the Chicken Soup books about times like these?'. The book is enjoyable but I wholly reject that the stories contained t ...more
Jan 29, 2014 Waltervilla rated it it was amazing
Honestly, this book is one of the best, best books I have ever read. The stories inside of it are truly inspirational and make you want to have an experience just like theirs. In Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul: 101 Stories of Changes, Choices and Growing Up for Kids, ages 9-13 (Chicken Soup for the Soul), many people have many different, but at the same time, similar stories. Their story might talk about love or relationships, but the similarity is that they are all resolvable. That is what ...more
Lurdes Z
Nov 27, 2015 Lurdes Z rated it it was amazing
What life lessons this book provided me with! Knowing now that all preteens go through the awkward stage in life, I know that I am not alone. All the stories in this book proved that the ups and downs in life, you can still uncover the strengths you thought you never had. The positive and negative mindset will determine where life takes you and this book guided me to do what's best. The "I think I can" mindset demonstrated how kids my age are determined to push their limits farther to become bet ...more
Apr 04, 2008 Sophia rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
>.< even though i'm not a preteen anymore i really enjoy reading this book cause as i read this book it reminds of what i did when i was a preteen, hangouts,argue with parents, etc. I actually learned new things about preteen and i actually think my parents were a little over protected. But any way i think this is an awesome book.
Menglong Youk
Dec 07, 2014 Menglong Youk rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I know this book is supposed to be for preteens who are around 9-13, but you know what, I also found some of the story inspirational and touching. If you want to give a birthday present to the people around those ages, this book is highly recommended.
Sep 28, 2008 Corey rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Preteens age 9-12
Shelves: books-i-own
This was one of my favorite books as I went from 5th grade to 6th grade. It was so great that I remember it even now. It made me excited for middle school, as well as gave me fun exciting summer stories to keep me busy.
Sep 02, 2008 Cshellbell rated it it was amazing
I think this book is a great book for anyone who is looking for a book that they wont get bored with. I think this book is jam packed with insightful stories you will read again and again.
Archuleta Chick
Jan 06, 2008 Archuleta Chick rated it really liked it
this book helped me tremendosely. at the time I read it I was moving into the preteen years, so it helped me understand how to handle with certain situations. I liked it.
Mar 02, 2008 Payton rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Sage because she read half
Recommended to Payton by: mi familia
This book is cool. Its happy sad and everything inbetween. its about people who went through hard times or did cool stuff(sometimes motivating). You should read it
Feb 22, 2009 Hima rated it it was amazing
I like how all of thiese are real stories, but I don't like how they are categorized. I mean, I wouldn't awant to read ten or twenty death stories in a row!!!
Jul 01, 2009 Julia rated it liked it
Recommends it for: preteens and teenagers
Recommended to Julia by: no one
What can I say? This book is for preteens and young teenagers. Amazing stories that will make you laugh, cry, and wonder.
Apr 26, 2016 Sadie rated it liked it
To me this book was an average book. It showed kindness, sadness, gratitude, and many other tarts. In the beginning it was very interesting. But, towards the end it was so boring. All of the stories were the same. However, this book does teach very good lessons. It taught you to be respectful to others and appreciate what you have and many other good examples. I felt like through out all the stories in this book I could see myself. I am giving this book only three stars because, honestly, I only ...more
Sara Johnston
Jan 04, 2009 Sara Johnston rated it it was amazing
OMG! I read this at age eleven and it actually helped I love the chicken soup books! Make more plz!
Katie White
Dec 01, 2008 Katie White rated it it was amazing
This was a great book happy and sad stories but all around great to read
Jan 23, 2009 Shelby is currently reading it
kind of sad cause most of the storys in the book is about death.
Feb 08, 2009 Luna rated it it was amazing
i luv the chicken soup stories,very helpful...
Dec 19, 2008 Ellie rated it really liked it
Dec 04, 2015 Faith rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul. Reading all the life events people had experienced made me glad that I have it so easy. Each story had it's own theme/moral. All the stories are about choices, changing, and growing up. There were many stories on different topics. At first I didn't want to read the book, I only chose it because I needed a non-fiction book for school. After I read the first story I couldn't put the book down. The book Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul really ins ...more
Jun 06, 2014 Perla rated it liked it
This book had many stories that made me realize many people have it worst than me and that I should be appreciative to what I have in life. Also, it helped me realize why certain things occur now that I'm a teen.
In these stories I learned how to deal with betrayal. Also, I learned many ways to deal with insecurities and self esteem issues. The stories and advice in this book will really move the reader and get him/her thinking. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading other peoples st
Apr 17, 2009 E-man rated it it was amazing
In the book, Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul, I think that not only does the author want you to learn a lesson, but out of all of the stories he receives for the book, he picks the ones that are so sad, that you remember them very vividly, also remembering the moral for when situations as such occur to you.

For example, in the story, "The Best Christmas I Never Had", a girl learns a very important lesson about what's really important in life.

She was annoyed at having to wash the dishes. Wh
Paloma Paredes
Oct 18, 2011 Paloma Paredes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 8th-grade
This is one of my favorite Chicken Soup books. I liked how this book had stories of things we do everyday life. Also, stories on how we overcome obstacles and how we get through tough stuff in our lives. A story I can compare to my life is "Don't Forget to say I Love You". this girl is ten years old ang was dealing with the death of her dad. She never thought that this day would come, so she never said "I love you" to you. I never really got to meet my dad, but I never got the chance to say "I l ...more
Deborah Takahashi
Mar 30, 2013 Deborah Takahashi rated it liked it
Jack Canfield, author of the well known "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series, bring 'tweens with their own collection of stories, which they can relate to. In the introduction of this collection, is a note meant for 'tweens readers that not only guide them through these stories, but encourage them to take refuge in these tales when there is no one to talk or confine in. Moreover, this collection aims to provide 'tween readers with anecdotes and situations that will not only help them survive adole ...more
Dec 23, 2015 Nick rated it it was amazing
My dad bought Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul. This book is a collection of stories that preteens wrote about significant events from their past. The book is meant to help you get through any struggles you might be having in life. It has a section about love, death, family, loss, giving, and more. I thought that it was a great book and that it could really help people. I actually learned a few lessons from it myself. If you ever feel like you could use some help, read this book. It is guarante ...more
Claudia Kwanho
Sep 24, 2012 Claudia Kwanho rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-2012
This book is a collection of non-fiction short stories from real kids everywhere. It is about, well, like the title states, growing up and everything you experience. There are stories about losses, choices, decisions, changes, love, friendship, and everything else in between. This book does not teach any lessons or morals, it merely gives you the experiences of other children, how you see it is the true lesson. This book makes you think about how you are going to live your life after learning a ...more
May 30, 2015 Mohni rated it it was amazing
I read this book years ago and still have a copy of it. It tackled issues preteens dealt with very well. Changes in body to first crushes and to first time parties very well.
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Jack Canfield is an American motivational speaker and author. He is best known as the co-creator of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" book series, which currently has over 124 titles and 100 million copies in print in over 47 languages. According to USA Today, Canfield and his writing partner, Mark Victor Hansen, were the top-selling authors in the United States in 1997.

Canfield received a BA in Chi
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