Gr. 6-12. With its familiar mix of the inspirational, the sad but heartwarming, and the sweetly funny, the Chicken Soup series turns to the audience of Christian teens. Grouped by subject ("On Faith," "On Loss and Grieving," "On Gratitude"), the stories, poems, and cartoons offer hope, comfort, and more than a few tears. Throughout, there's an emphasis on God working in surprising ways. In one selection, an anonymous teenager develops a stutter after a terrible beating but then discovers a calling as a music therapist as a result of the speech impediment. Many teens will relate to an anecdote about a young woman's struggles after being dumped by her boyfriend, though the connection between the breakup and Christianity is never made literal in her postbreakup search for comfort and meaning. Like the best selections here, her story is inspirational without being condescending or message heavy. The teenage writers' pieces will connect with the audience better than the selections written by adults, but even the grown-ups' nostalgic recollections have the air of authentic feeling. John GreenCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, are professional speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional development of others.
Kimberly Kirberger is the coauthor of the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul series, Chicken Soup for the College Soul and Chicken Soup for the Parent's Soul, as well as authoring the Teen Love series. Kimberly is also president of Inspiration And Motivation for Teens, Inc. (I.A.M. for Teens), an organization dedicated to supporting and helping teens, and she has recently formed Soup and Support for Teachers and Teens, a nonprofit organization that provides books and curriculum guidelines to teachers, therapists and rehabilitation centers.
Patty Aubery and Nancy Mitchell-Autio are the coauthors of Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul, Christian Family Soul, Surviving Soul, Expectant Mother's Soul and Christian Woman's Soul.