Friday, August 12, 2011

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Just for Teenagers/Just for PreTeens - Review and #Giveaway @ChickenSoupSoul (ends 8/28)

Chicken Soup for the Soul

I just finished reading the two latest offerings from Chicken Soup For the Soul.  Published in late July, one was written for Teens and the other for Pre-Teens.  Authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hanson have compiled 101 stories for each volume, and as usual, they did a wonderful job choosing.   The book for Teens includes winners from a writing contest hosted by m magazine, and a couple of stories from the Chicken Soup Teens Talk High School book.   The forwards of both books are written by Amy Newmark.

I think these books arrived at just the right time for me.  My boys turned eleven this summer. I still think of them as my babies, but there's no denying that they will soon be taller than I am, and they are becoming more independent.

As I read through the pages, I remembered - this is a tough time!!   When you're not really a little kid anymore, but not a teenager, either, what are the rules?  When boys and girls don't look gross to each other anymore, but they still have no idea how to act around each other, what should they do?  when kids are no longer kids, but start branching off into groups, where does one fit in?   Chicken Soup for the Soul - Just for Preteens is a perfect companion for a kid trying to navigate the tween years.  Inside are stories from other kids who felt exactly the same way, and survived!  I think that's the important message.  That this is temporary, and countless others have gone before you!  Have faith and fortitude - and even more important - be yourself and have fun!!! The book is available through Amazon,, or Barnes & Noble.

Feelings, emotions, and things of that realm are really tough for many kids to talk about.  My kids have an even harder time, due to their Asperger Syndrome.  They have actually enjoyed reading some of the stories together with me, which has helped us work on some social skills and helped them feel more "normal".  (whatever that is!)  I have mostly left the book out for them to read through as they please.

Chicken Soup for the Soul - PreTeens
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Just for Preteens
101 Stories of Inspiration and Support for Tweens

Being a preteen is harder than it looks! School is more challenging, bodies are changing, relationships with parents are different, and new issues arise with friends. But preteens can find encouragement and inspiration in this collection of stories by other preteens, just like them, about the problems and issues they face every day. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Just for Preteenswill help readers as they navigate those tough preteen years from ages 9 to 12 with its stories from others just like them, about the highs and lows of life as a preteen. It's a support group they carry in their backpack!
The book for teenagers also touched my heart.  The stories run the complete range of emotions.  (Just like teenagers do, pretty much on a daily basis!)  The authors share their stories with the hopes that teens will take heart, and not let the pressures that come along weigh too heavily on their souls.  I especially liked the stories about families.  In spite of all the butting heads, attitudes, etc, the love never goes away.

Chicken Soup for the Soul - Teens

          Chicken Soup for the Soul: Just for Teenagers
101 Stories of Inspiration and Support for Teens

Teenage years are tough, but this book will help teens as they journey through the ups and downs of adolescence. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Just for Teenagers provides support and inspiration for teenagers as they grow up, reminding them they are not alone, as they read stories from teens just like themselves about the problems and issues they face every day. The stories in this book serve as a guide on topics from the daily pressures of life and school to love, friendships, parents, and much more. This collection will encourage, inspire, and amuse teens, showing that, as tough as things can get, they are not alone!

The publishers of these books are dedicated to finding just the right stories and sharing them with their readers.  There is a book of Chicken soup for everyone!  Find all of their current offerings, as well as what's coming next by visiting their website, You'll also be able to sign up for email, submit a story, join the online community and more.  You might also want to follow Chicken Soup Books on Facebook, or with Twitter.  (@ChickenSoupSoul)

If you have a Teen or PreTeen in your life that you think would like some encouragement, the publishers of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books have generously offered to provide a giveaway for one of my readers.  The winner will receive EITHER the PreTeen OR the Teenager book.  (winner's choice)

[Giveaway Closed]

I was given a copy of these books in exchange for my honest, blogged opinion.  i was not paid to write this post.