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Who Moved My Cheese? for Teens Hardcover – October 28, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 880L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile; 1 edition (October 28, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399240071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399240072
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Having a million-plus copies of the bestselling Who Moved My Cheese? in print hasn't stopped Spencer Johnson, (The One Minute Manager) from repackaging his homily about adapting to life changes for a teenage audience.

The core of this teen book--a cheesy (literally) allegory about four characters navigating a maze in pursuit of happiness (cheese) with varying success--is identical to the cheese-quest story told in Johnson's grownup book. The only difference is that the opening and closing backstory that pads out Who Moved My Cheese? for Teens involves a group of teenagers kibbutzing in the cafeteria, not a group of adults attending their high school reunion.

Of course, it's hard to argue with the essence of Johnson's commonsense message: one of the few constants in life is change, and the sooner we learn to anticipate and adjust to change, the happier we'll be. But most criticisms of the book (and there have been many) boil down to the fact that Cheese is just too reductive and simplistic, and sometimes change in our lives can and should be resisted. (It hasn't helped that the book's popularity among corporate managers has come to be associated with layoffs... er, cheese removals.) But whatever your take on Johnson's philosophy, you'd do well to keep it to yourself. Otherwise, you can count on your teenager to form the exact opposite opinion. (Ages 12 and older) --Paul Hughes

From 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. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Spencer Johnson, M.D., is one of the world's most respected thinkers and beloved authors. Dr. Johnson earned a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California, an M.D. degree from the Royal College of Surgeons, and medical clerkships at The Mayo Clinic and Harvard Medical School. More than forty-six million copies of Spencer Johnson's books are in print worldwide in more than forty-seven languages.

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Customer Reviews

Excellent book to help us view the real world.
KC Ley
Who Moved My Cheese for Teens is a great book, just like the adult version, it's good reading for anyone.
DR
My daughter's teacher read this aloud to his class.
Casey Carlson

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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Walter Reade on November 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The only difference between this book and the original is the last chapter, which deals with problems teens face, e.g., parental divorce, not making it onto a sports team, applying for college, etc. I reviewed the first book as follows:
"Who Moved My Cheese?" is a simple parable that illustrates the natural tendency to resist change. The uncertainty that generally accompanies change provides a level of discomfort that some try to escape. Rather than take the necessary steps for change, some people cling to old notions and actions that produce little or no results.
Of course, it has been known for decades that people tend to avoid tasks that cause physical, mental, or emotional discomfort. Why it takes a simple little story about mice and cheese for some people to understand this is beyond me. Perhaps it provides a non-threatening, feel-good reminder of what we already know about ourselves?
The problem I see with "Who Moved My Cheese?" is not the message, but the difficulty in reducing such a simple little concept into practice. Knowing that we need to "search around the maze for new cheese" is equivalent to the stock market wizards telling us to buy low and sell high, or business experts telling us that we need to possess organizational savvy to be successful. These are things we all nod our heads in agreement with . . . but then what? We are left without any guidelines for determining when we are "moving around the maze" or simply "sitting at the cheese station."
Reading "Who Moved My Cheese?" is like signing up for the membership at the health club. It sure feels good, and it can be the start to something better, but the real work is yet to come. Read the book. Ponder its contents. But expect some discomfort if you really want to make progress.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bob C on April 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I love the main story, but the purpose of THIS book is to make it "for teens". This is done through a conversational beginning and final chapter, with teens talking instead of adults, as in the original. The conversations are irrlelevant to true problems and conversations with teenagers. I'd rather see some type of activities, questions or focal points for young people. Anyone who works with youth knows that you can't talk down to them. Whoever wrote these chapters, be it the regular author or an assistant, is not in tune with how to work with teenagers. The story is still excellent for teens, but needs to be surrounded by better material.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 4, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Who Moved My Cheese?
By: Anthony Calabrese
I read the book Who Moved My Cheese? The book is by Spencer Johnson. The story takes place a long time ago in a cheese maze. The story is about 2 little tiny people and 2 mice. The two people get their cheese stolen. One thinks if he yells its not fair that it will just come back on its own. The other one is right because he thinks if goes and explores, he will find new cheese. It turns out the cheese wasn't stolen but it ran out because they took advantage of their amount. Their plot is that they want to find their cheese so they wont starve. The theme in this story is no matter how much you moan, that the thing that went missing wont just turn up. You have to go and find more. Life Goes On!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jake on September 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My review is not based so much on the actual book, which is pretty good, as the racket they've got going. It's less than 100 pages and includes giant type and pictures just to fill it out. This is less a book, than a pamphlet in hardcover. They print the book ONLY in hardcover at a list price of $20. Then they went out and convinced a bunch of middle schools and high schools to make it required reading, forcing kids or their parents to cough up ridiculous sums for a 30-minute read. This should be a $4.95 paperback at most, or $1.99 on Kindle. This is just a total scam.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
i love this book its the best book i ever read its helping me cope with my difficulties.
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I bought this as a gift for my 17 year old grandson. His teachers recommended this book for him. He loved it.
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I bought this for my 10 year old son, he enjoyed reading it. It was great to see a book that would teach him something while learning at the same time. We need more books like it.
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By nilay aydogan on April 26, 2014
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This book explains how the people perspective are about changing. I deffinetly recommend it. There is also adult version. Enjoy it!
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