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Chicken soup for the preteen soul 2 : stories about facing challenges, realizing dreams, and making a difference / [compiled by] Jack Canfield ... [et al.].
Title Variants:
Chicken soup for the preteen soul two
Publication Information:
Cos Cob, Conn. : Backlist, 2012.

Physical Description:
xv, 400 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
Originally published: Deerfield Beach, Fla. : Health Communications, 2004.
Presents stories from and about readers between the ages of nine and thirteen, covering topics such as friendship, crushes, divorce, achieving dreams, and making a difference.
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158.1 CHI Book Junior Collection

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Filled with relevant, inspiring and fun stories written mostly by kids, this new volume features a unique, innovative chapter, "Rockin' Our World", that highlights real kids achieving real dreams, helping less fortunate people, starting your own business, and utilizing your unique abilities.

Author Notes

Jack Canfield earned his Bachelor's of Arts from Harvard and a Master's degree from the University of Massachusetts. he also has an honorary doctorate from the University of Santa Monica. Canfield has been a high school and university teacher, a workshop facilitator, a psychotherapist and a leading authority in the area of self esteem and personal development for approximately 30 years.

Canfield is the founder and co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, which has over 36 titles, 53 million copies in print and is translated into over 32 languages. He is the founder of Self Esteem Seminars in Santa Barbara, California, which trains entrepreneurs, educators, corporate leaders and employees in how to accelerate achievement. Canfield is also the founder of the Foundation for Self Esteem which provides self esteem resources and training for social workers, welfare recipients and Human Resource professionals. Some of his clients include Virgin Records, Sony Pictures, Merrill Lynch, Caldwell Banker, Federal Express, Bergen Brunswig Pharmaceuticals and the American Alzheimers Association.

In 1987, Canfield was appointed by the California Legislature to the California Task Force to Promote Self Esteem and Personal and Social Responsibility. He is the co-founder of the National Association for Self Esteem, and a member of the association for Holistic Education, as well as the National Association for for Self Esteem, where he was also a past member of the Board of Trustees and the recipient of the 1993 National Leadership Award. He is also a member of the National Staff Development Council and the National Speakers Association. In 1989, Canfield was awarded the Certified Speaking Professional designation, an honor that is held by less than 5% of NSA's membership. In 1997, he was nominated by three of NSA's past presidents for the coveted CPAE designation.

Canfield has appeared on such television shows as Oprah, The Today Show, 20/20, Eye to Eye, the NBC Nightly News and the BBC.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Michelle StraussHeather ComeauLaura AndradeVeneta LeonardStephanie CaffallCheryl KronerMel CaroJared GarrettCarmen LealAndrea AdairColleen MahoneyMridu KhullarMichael T. PowersPatty HansenCarol MillerJennifer O'NeilMike VallelySydney MiluckyStephanie IvesLin RajanJulia YorksKirk BrandtKristi YamaguchiJaime FisherHolly HowardJennifer KerperienMolly McAfeeMolly MillerHeather HutsonMallorie CuevasDenise MarshCynthia M. HamondKaren LombardChiara CabiglioAidan Trenn as told and Melinda FauseyTiffany CliftonScott AllenGwen RockwoodElisabeth CopelandKatie BeauchampEllen WerleAllen SmithErin ShirreffKerry GermainChristina ZucalSarah KesslerLennox LewisJesse BillauerJanalea JeppsonAlex EsteyDanny SteinBrittany Nicole HenryPatty ZeitlinMarie-Therese MillerKelsey PetersErin CarthewJill Helene FettnerBrooke Harrison as told and Eryc StevensMel Ann ColeyShannon GriffinJordan MitchellMax AlexanderNicole KoahMiriam BardSarah Strickland and Craig StricklandLance JohnsonB.J. TaylorAmanda MachtMichelle CollinsCassandra ScheidiesJena PalloneErin K. KilbyNathan D. PhungAntonio Angulo and Marisol Muqoz-KiehneHeather McPhersonNicholas HallAmber KuryCaleb MathewsonLauren Ashley WeilbacherColleen O'BrienNicole BucknerMacKenzie ExnerEmma EraserLeah BrowningMichelle WilliamsJenn DlugosAmy Mallinder-MorganAllison EllisHeather BradleyAlex JudgeVictoria Perry and Tenna PerryHolly CupalaDeAnna DohertySpencer WestcottCatherine AdamsJessica Stagers
Introductionp. xiii
1 On Friends
Thanks, Y'All!p. 2
Right in Front of Mep. 7
The Mysterious Book Bagp. 10
A Friendship to Rememberp. 14
Friends at First Sightp. 18
Tears in the Bathroom Stallp. 21
The Cool Girlsp. 25
Being Therep. 29
An Unexpected Reactionp. 32
2 On Crushes
Tasting the Momentp. 39
Ditchedp. 42
Cluelessp. 46
Teasing Tamip. 49
The Notep. 51
Not My Boyfriendp. 54
Without the Kissesp. 58
3 On Achieving Dreams
Head-Butting the Wallp. 65
The Ideap. 69
Deep Insidep. 73
More Than I Had Dreamed Ofp. 75
Welcome to New Hope, Pennsylvaniap. 80
Better Offp. 84
No Place I'd Rather Bep. 88
4 On Tough Stuff
Stay with Mep. 94
A Loving Motherp. 97
The Worst Day of My Lifep. 101
Luckyp. 105
Maddyp. 107
A Halloween No One Will Forgetp. 111
The Sandals That Saved My Lifep. 114
65 Rosesp. 118
5 Life Happens
Klutz Dust and Pubertyp. 122
Jimmy, Jimmyp. 126
The Mummy Returnsp. 130
Whose Room Is It, Anyway?p. 133
Gabriellap. 137
The Big Slipp. 139
Confessions of a Four-Eyesp. 143
My Most Embarrassing Moment Multiple Authorsp. 146
6 On Changes
Silencep. 154
The Best Brother in the Whole Wide Worldp. 157
Moving Onp. 161
My Problemp. 164
Waiting for Katiep. 167
Bad Hair Dayp. 171
Get Over It and Go Onp. 175
The Boardp. 178
7 Bustin' Down Walls
To a Different Drummerp. 182
Life Rolls Onp. 187
Kindness Is More Powerfulp. 191
Bully Girlp. 195
Anything Is Possiblep. 197
A Skater's Determinationp. 201
The Fall and Rise of a Starp. 205
Panicp. 210
Believing in My Strengthp. 216
8 Family Ties
Pushed by an Angelp. 220
Three Days Oldp. 222
Cookin' in Brooke's Kitchenp. 225
Paybacksp. 229
I Wish You Were Dead!p. 233
A Life's Momentp. 237
The Great Fish Storyp. 239
Pap Pap's Handsp. 241
Just the Two of Usp. 243
The Giftp. 247
9 On Choices
Hidden in Plain Sightp. 252
Hot Potato/Cold Potatop. 258
Locks of Lovep. 262
Uncle Richie's Lessonp. 265
Buckling Upp. 268
Angelp. 270
Starring on the Six O'Clock Newsp. 273
Most Popularp. 277
Lost and Foundp. 279
10 On Death & Dying
Don't Forget to Wait for Mep. 284
Dedicated to My Best Friend, Kennethp. 288
She Is Now My Sunp. 295
The Baseball Spiritp. 302
Forever in My Heartp. 306
Guardian Angelp. 308
Dapplesp. 311
My Uncle Frankp. 315
Ramonp. 319
11 All About Attitude
Adult Teethp. 324
Staying True to Myselfp. 327
No, Really... Barney Ate My Report Card!p. 331
There Is Always Someone Less Fortunatep. 334
Thirteen Candlesp. 337
Disabilitiesp. 341
The Helpful Strangerp. 344
12 Eclectic Wisdom
Coveredp. 350
Pyramid Surprisep. 354
Initiationp. 357
My Dad, the Superherop. 360
Grandma's Pearlsp. 362
Preteen Wisdom: Multiple Authorsp. 365
Afterwordp. 373
Who Is Jack Canfield?p. 374
Who Is Mark Victor Hansen?p. 375
Who Is Patty Hansen?p. 376
Who Is Irene Dunlap?p. 377
Contributorsp. 378
Permissionsp. 394