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Chocolate for a teen's soul
Allenbaugh, Kay.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster, [2000]

Physical Description:
243 pages ; 22 cm
Reading Level:
950 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC High School 6.5 12 Quiz: 21962 Guided reading level: NR.
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From the bestselling Chocolate series, a powerful collection for teenagers offering true stories about growing wise and growing strong.

Rich, enticing, and delectable as a luscious box of chocolates, this collection offers 55 tales of life and love as a teenager. From teens of every age, including women who remember what it was like, come stories of first love, first jobs, best friends, heartbreak, hope, innocence, and the real world.

Poignant, funny, and powerful, these stories tell it like it is. From the recollection of a first kiss to tales of self-consciousness about a changing body, from painful struggles with parents and grandparents to the joy of abiding family love, teens will see themselves in these pages and find comfort in knowing that they are not alone.

Author Notes

Kay Allenbaugh, the creator of the Chocolate series, is a writer and speaker known as the Caretaker of Stories for Women of the World. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon.



Introduction Rich stories, like chocolate, not only make you feel good, they can also serve as comfort through confusing times. Many of the stories in Chocolate for a Teen's Soul are written by young women themselves. You will be amazed at the ability of these writers to tell it like it is about everything from personal triumphs, conflicts, and challenges to most embarrassing moments. Some have had to "draw a line in the sand" as they discovered their own boundaries, while others tell of first loves that were never meant to last. These true stories will help you not only survive, but flourish, as you discover what these young women from the teen years to early twenties have learned -- often the hard way -- about what it means to be growing wise and growing strong. As I began this latest volume of Chocolate stories, I must admit that at first I felt intimidated, because while I'm young in spirit, my chronological years are showing up in many ways! My desire was to find your collective heartbeat and gather stories that talk about the things that matter most to you. I'm pleased to say that the assortment of stories offered in Chocolate for a Teen's Soul are as varied -- ranging from poignant to playful -- yet connected as each of you are to one another, no matter how old you may be. Every young woman needs a mentor -- someone older whom they can think of as having it all together. Many powerful stories in this book are written for young women by young women themselves, and they are also written by women who will serve as mentors as they look back on their own unforgettable moments with an "if I'd known then what I know now" kind of spirit. Today, more than ever before, you have the opportunity to be high-tech and wildly creative, and to reinvent your world as you go -- but now and then you may find yourself longing for things to be more simple. With so many forces at play, it's no surprise that you may feel grateful for all the opportunities available to you and overwhelmed at the same time. In no other time in your life will you have the youthfulness to climb mountains, the fresh eyes to see the world anew, the passion for first loves, or more desire to be fiercely independent and unique. And with all these opportunities come challenge. So grab some chocolate and sit with a friend, your older sister, your mom, your mentor, or by yourself and read the stories that are calling to you. May these stories make you laugh and cry, may they provide humor to something you might be taking too seriously, or may they be your companion as you seek answers to your own hurdles. In Chocolate for a Teen's Soul, triumph always reigns -- and that's the best kind of inspiration of all! Copyright © 2000 by Kay Allenbaugh Excerpted from Chocolate for a Teen's Soul: Life Changing Stories for Young Women about Growing Wise and Growing Strong by Kay Allenbaugh All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Beth WilliamsTalia CarnerSheila StephensRebecca L. AllorMichele Wallace CampanelliMaggie BedrosianJennifer Gordon GrayJacquelyn B. FletcherRenie Szilak BurghardtRanae QuashnockMichelle CarringtonKirsten SnyderShelly ClarkCherie PedeMichelle ThomasMargaret J. (Mimi) PoppJean Jeffrey GietzenAisha D. GayleBrianna Mahin-AyersJunette Kirkham WollerBeth Schorr JaffeDawn S. NeelyCandis FancherErika EberhardtVictoria Marissa HurtadoRobin RichardsKyla MerwinKay AllenbaughKrista Veenker RothschildKristine Meldrum DenholmSheila StephensLinda G. EngelCarrie D. ThorntonSheri TerjesonUrsula BaconAmy JohnsonKathleen M. MuldoonPaola JuvenalPam ThompsonAlaina SmithBarbara DaveyLisa RobertsonKrissa EnglebrightEllen Urbani HiltebrandMarguerite MurerNancy KiernanDiane Gonzales BertrandKay AllenbaughRuth AchillesValentina A. BloomfieldSharon SchaferDelin CormenyKathie HarringtonLisl HershbergerSheila S. HudsonNancy B. GibbsSuella WalshKatie HarringtonSarah Richardson
Introductionp. 17
I Onward and Upward
Making It Countp. 21
Coming of Agep. 24
Diving for Itp. 27
Big Hillsp. 31
The "In" Crowdp. 36
Miss Congeniality and Morep. 39
True Colorsp. 41
Second Actp. 45
The Hand-Me-Downp. 48
II What is This Thing Called Love?
Love on the Yellow Brick Roadp. 55
Roller Skates and License Platesp. 59
Grooming Nishap. 63
An Angel in Disguisep. 67
A Magical Momentp. 71
Be Careful What You Ask Forp. 73
My True Lovep. 77
Unforgettable Beautyp. 80
Aisha, Marcus, and Adrianp. 83
III Growing Pains
Southwick's Sweatshirtp. 89
Enhanced with Lacep. 91
Pretty Enoughp. 95
Snickers and Gracep. 98
Brown- and Blue-Eyed Bridgesp. 103
The Tempered Bellp. 106
The Long Ride Homep. 110
Zappedp. 113
Camp Grammap. 116
IV Vision Keepers
Life-School Tips I'd Tell My Daughterp. 123
Weaving a Tapestry of Lifep. 125
Defining Yourselfp. 128
Character Studyp. 132
First Impressionsp. 135
In the Company of Womenp. 138
Clearing the Clouds upon My Heartp. 141
True Heartp. 145
V Over, Under, or Through
On My Ownp. 153
Regie the Bearp. 157
Other Dancesp. 162
Prom Dreamsp. 164
Painting Treesp. 167
In Search of Mermaidsp. 170
Butterflies and Elephantsp. 174
VI Keeping the High Watch
Getting Back Onp. 179
Ask and You Shall Receivep. 182
My Mother After Allp. 184
A Prairie Talep. 187
A Little Sister's Prayerp. 190
If I'd Known Then What I Know Nowp. 194
Little Girl, Big Girlp. 197
More Than a Testp. 198
The Weddingp. 201
VII Making Memories
Comfort in the Wildp. 205
The Basket Ladyp. 208
My Christmas Wishp. 211
The Great Chocolate Caperp. 214
I've Been Working on the Railroad!p. 217
A Special Night Outp. 219
Katie's Diamondp. 221
Having It Allp. 223
More Chocolate Storiesp. 227
Contributorsp. 229