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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 – October 12, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 780L (What's this?)
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: HCI; 1 edition (October 12, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558748008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558748002
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

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

From School Library Journal

Gr 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

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This is a fantastic book for preteens and teens.
Meg
We just got this book and have been reading one story per day, right after dinner while we're still sitting at the table.
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The stories touched my heart and made me want to cry..
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120 of 123 people found the following review helpful By W. E. Fleming on November 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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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 2000
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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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 2001
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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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By MNM Mom on February 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
I heard so many fabulous and positive things about this series that I bought two for my 11 year old daughter for Christmas. BIG mistake. This book was NOT the uplifting, spiritual guide that I was led to believe. I had hoped that it would help solidify the values that my husband and I have taught her. The book traumatized and frightened her so much that she was having stomach and headaches and couldn't sleep at night. I couldn't get these two books out of my house fast enough!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 20, 2001
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I highly recommend this book! I am an 11 year old and it's so nice to know that other pre-teens know what it's like to go through the "tough stuff"!! I loved this book and if your also a pre-teen out there and is strugling I would recomend this book to you! It will become your best friend and you will love it!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 30, 2006
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Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul is a book full of incredible stories of hope and miracles. These stories are meant to inspire and give hope. They teach about how love can conquer, and hate will get you nothing. How you need to really look inside a person to find the heart, and not to judge a book by its cover. I would recommend these stories.

I would recommend these stories because some of them are just good stories. Tales that keep the pages turning; tales that draw tears and laughter. Some of the stories go a little over the edge with emotion, but most are very good.

I cannot comment on the author's style of writing, because this book is a collection of stories sent in by people all over America. Some are written by adults about their preteen years, and some are written by preteens themselves, so the way the stories are written changes. Some are long poems, and others are simply sentences from many people, piled together to create a chapter. Some of the writing is very professional, while others are not. All of them get the message through.

This book is divided into chapters, each chapter telling about a different subject. Some of them are love, friendship, family, and overcoming obstacles. Each chapter is full of tales, all different from one another. All ranging from evil teachers, to overcoming cancer, to making an unexpected friend. All fitting into place like the pieces of a puzzle, creating the picture that is Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul.

This book does not only have stories from incredible kids from around America, but also has stories told by people we all know well. Like Mia Hamm, an amazing player for the Pilots.
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