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Chicken soup for the teenage soul letters : letters of life, love, and learning
Canfield, Jack, 1944-
Publication Information:
Deerfield Beach, Fla. : Health Communications, [2001]

Physical Description:
xxiv, 325 pages ; 22 cm
Reading Level:
980 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC High School 6.9 14 Quiz: 27730 Guided reading level: NR.

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BJ1661 .C294 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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A collection of the most important letters received from teens responding to the Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul series, this book is a powerful reflection of the feelings of generation of readers. Some letters will make readers laugh and others will make them cry; but all the letters reveal that teens share similar outlooks, experiences and feelings.

Teens have been writing letters in response to the teenage Chicken Soup books since the birth of the series in 1997. These letters represent reactions to a wide array of issues and events, all of interest to teens, whose consistently enthusiastic response to the series indicates an ongoing interest. Letters from contributors to previous volumes, along with letters from the organizations that support teens, provide a nice complement to this collection.

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Letters , with its candor and compassion, is sure to be the next great success in this blockbuster series.

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)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Parents and teachers join with teen voices in Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Letters: Letters of Life, Love and Learning edited by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Kimberly Kirberger. The authors of Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, after receiving so many thank-you letters in response to the book, decided to compile many of them here. The letters begin with gratitude, but often wind up as a tool for sharing experiences, whether those of a teacher in a juvenile detention center, a 15-year-old struggling with cystic fibrosis or a vice principal of a high school who discusses a theft and the power of forgiveness. ( Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-The contributors range from young teens to college students to professional writers, which is only clear from scanning the "Contributors" list at the end of the book. About two-thirds of the book is what readers might expect from the title: letters that mainly say thank you and others that include personal narratives prompted by "Chicken Soup" stories. Without showing any disrespect to the teens who had the courage to share their experiences, a few of these letters go a long way. The best writing makes up about a third of the book-stories and poems that are interesting, inspirational, and well written, and appear to be submissions in their own right. Buy where "Chicken Soup" products are extremely popular.-Amy A. Healey, Loyola Academy Resource Center, Wilmette, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Bonding with Notebooks Today could be the day that my mom realizes I'm growing up and gives me some more responsibility. Jenny Gleason Dear Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, I have always been a real fan of your books and the important lessons of love and understanding that are shared in each of the stories. They have helped me to see things that were not so clear to me. I have received a great deal of comfort from reading many of the stories. I had been going through some difficult times not so long ago dealing with the pressures of growing up and trying to communicate with my parents, particularly my mother. Our relationship had suffered because of this. When I would get frustrated or angry it seemed like we would end up in some sort of confrontation with each other and not talk about what we were really feeling. I feel like I have overcome those obstacles now, but not without a certain turn of events. A while back I ran away from home so that I could be far enough away to vent my anger and release some of the pain bottled up inside of me. I stayed away for many hours, well into the night, before I finally decided to return home. When I walked through the front door of my house, I immediately saw all the pain, anger and disappointment on my parents' faces, especially my mother's. For days after the incident, my mom and I were on unfirm ground, to say the least. Everything we did or said was filled with tension until we both eventually snapped. We knew we desperately had to have a talk. We agreed to have breakfast together the next morning. That morning will remain etched in my memory forever. It was a turning point in both of our lives and our relationship. We decided to go to a local caf. On our way to the table I noticed that my mother had two notebooks and some pens. I asked her what they were for. She explained to me that sometimes it is easier to write down our feelings rather than try to talk about them. She then proceeded to hand me a notebook of my own and she kept one for herself. The "rules" for that talk were that she would pick a topic, and we would write down our feelings about the topic in the form of a letter. It could be as long or as short as we wanted. Our first topic was: "Why I am so angry." I had written a half page worth of stuff, and my mom filled up nearly three pages. I watched tears stream down her face as she wrote. I never realized anyone could hide so much anger and frustration. It could have been that I never paid much attention, either. Sometimes we think we are the only ones with problems, but I was reminded that morning that other people can be hurting just as much. After she was finished writing we exchanged our notebooks and read what the other had written. As soon as I started reading my mother's words, I began to cry and so did she. When we were finished reading we discussed our feelings. Amazingly enough, it felt like all the anger I had welled up inside of me drained fr Excerpted from Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Letters: Letters of Life, Love and Learning by Jack L. Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger, Jack Canfield 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

Rebecca KrossKristi VesterbyRachel PalmerErin SetoAshley LuskLaurel WalkerHeather Klassen and Kelsey BrunoneCheryl L. Costello-ForsheyEmily FerryLaura MotykaKelsey CameronStephanie SchultzRenee TannerMary DavisDan MulhausenKarenJackie JohnstoneNikie WalkerRachel A. MorganKerri MeulemansEmily R. MonfortCrystal McHargueF.J.M.Lauren MarkAndrea BlakeTara SangsterMelanie CampbellCassandra BradyJennifer LiretteRachel N. BentleyMeridith A. SpencerJen AshtonMichelle BouchardLizzie A. AgraJiseon ChoiSarah StillmanAbbie StrattonLia GayKristen MorrisLissa DesjardinsAmanda L. PoffKirsti KayAdam HeiseWanda Marie Goh Jen JenKatie BensonGary LeRouxKim LoweryMelinda AllenCaitlin PollockAlicia M. Boxler and Carlise Michelle RichardsMichele FiorentiniKatie EckerJennifer MartinLaura Glenn ThornhillMichelle SanderSamantha YeomansCourtney DayMyrna YusonElizabeth YoungLisa McKinneyPaula McDonaldKari J. LeeDale Emme and Dar EmmeNatalie Cabrera and Deena Ecker and Amanda NulmanSherry Sharp and Jerry SharpYvonne St. John-Dutra and Rich St. John-DutraJackie MorgensternAshley SimsKathy A. MegyeriAmanda Anne-Marie Dykstra
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xvii
Healing Words Corey Dweckp. xx
Share with Usp. xxiii
1. Dear Chicken Soup...
Thanks, Mom!p. 2
My Sister's First Lovep. 5
Unconditional Lovep. 20
Guy Repellentp. 24
Always a Tomorrowp. 28
April 15, the Worst and Best Day of My Lifep. 31
Hopep. 35
Am I Helping ...?p. 40
Sharing an Intimate Momentp. 44
Treasuring a Friendp. 49
My Dad, My Source for Healingp. 53
A Simple Smile, a Scream Insidep. 56
Whatever I Want to Bep. 59
A Loving Changep. 62
2. Overcoming Obstacles
Never Count Me Outp. 66
Kind Wordsp. 70
A Healed Heartp. 77
You'll Never Walk Againp. 81
Winning Life's Battlesp. 85
Yes I Canp. 89
Getting the Most Out of Lifep. 93
Regaining My Pridep. 97
The Shadowp. 101
Discovering Mep. 106
Not Alonep. 110
Lucky After Allp. 114
Inspired by Tragedyp. 118
3. Thank You!
Chicken Soup? How Lame!p. 124
Respecting Othersp. 127
A Plea for All of Usp. 131
Defining Couragep. 135
Coming Togetherp. 138
Declaration of Humanhoodp. 143
Misinterpretedp. 146
People Change but Friendships Remainp. 149
Giving from the Heartp. 152
Moving Onp. 155
Our Journey Togetherp. 158
If They Can Make It, So Can Ip. 161
A Closer Familyp. 164
Dealing with My Mother's Deathp. 167
A Buoy in the Ocean of Lifep. 170
Feeling Better About Myselfp. 173
Mep. 175
4. Insights and Lessons
Bonding with Notebooksp. 180
Life Is a Bumpy Roadp. 186
Learning the Hard Wayp. 189
My Magic Mirrorp. 191
It's Not What's on the Outside, but What's on the Insidep. 195
A Simple Storyp. 198
Lessonsp. 202
Wiping Off the Fogp. 205
The Soft Voice of Forgivenessp. 208
5. Tough Stuff
Honoring My Sisterp. 214
Cotton Candyp. 222
There for My Fatherp. 226
Coping with the Loss of a Friendp. 230
Letting Go of Guiltp. 234
The Crashp. 236
When I Get Outp. 238
6. Helping Others
Helping Others: Introductionp. 242
Mike's Gift: A Continuation of the Story "Hero of the 'Hood"p. 244
There Is Hopep. 258
Yellow Ribbon Projectp. 262
We Did It!p. 268
A Most Precious Possessionp. 271
Challenge Dayp. 274
A Day That Changed Us Allp. 279
The Violence Needs to Stopp. 284
A Teacher's Dreamp. 291
Dusty Sentimentsp. 303
More Chicken Soup?p. 309
Who Is Jack Canfield?p. 310
Who Is Mark Victor Hansen?p. 311
Who Is Kimberly Kirberger?p. 312
Contributorsp. 313
Permissionsp. 322