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Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul [Excerpt]

Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul [Excerpt]

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From remembering their own life experience or to watching their own children grow, most people recognize that the preteen years, ages nine to thirteen, can be one of the most awkward times in life—a period of tremendous physical and emotional change. At this age, youngsters are eager to leave the “kid” stage, yet are uncertain about what adolescence will bring; they’d rather listen to peers over parents, and hear all too often to “wait until you're older.” Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul will guide kids through this transition. Written by and for preteens, this uplifting collection of stories touches on the emotions and situations they experience every day: making and losing friends, fitting in while keeping their personal identity, discovering the opposite sex, dealing with pressures at school including violence, and coping with family issues such as divorce.

Chapters include: On Love, On Family, On Friendship, On Choices, On Changes, On Overcoming Obstacles, Eclectic Wisdom, Tough Stuff, Attitude and Perspective, and Achieving Dreams. Contributors include: *NSYNC, Mia Hamm, Beverley Mitchell, and Karl Malone.Whether first-time Chicken Soup readers or “graduates” of the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul, preteens are sure to include this in their backpacks and book bags.
From remembering their own life experience or to watching their own children grow, most people recognize that the preteen years, ages nine to thirteen, can be one of the most awkward times in life—a period of tremendous physical and emotional change. At this age, youngsters are eager to leave the “kid” stage, yet are uncertain about what adolescence will bring; they’d rather listen to peers over parents, and hear all too often to “wait until you're older.” Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul will guide kids through this transition. Written by and for preteens, this uplifting collection of stories touches on the emotions and situations they experience every day: making and losing friends, fitting in while keeping their personal identity, discovering the opposite sex, dealing with pressures at school including violence, and coping with family issues such as divorce.

Chapters include: On Love, On Family, On Friendship, On Choices, On Changes, On Overcoming Obstacles, Eclectic Wisdom, Tough Stuff, Attitude and Perspective, and Achieving Dreams. Contributors include: *NSYNC, Mia Hamm, Beverley Mitchell, and Karl Malone.Whether first-time Chicken Soup readers or “graduates” of the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul, preteens are sure to include this in their backpacks and book bags.

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 Introduction
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t a certain time, between the ages of nine and twelve,experiences seem to be extra hard.
 
 It’s like being half into dolls and half into makeup. For girls, every little thing you say seems to makeus cry—most of all, comments about clothes, boys and weight. Theboys I know try to hide their feelings, but they seem to have most of the same problems. I am eleven years old, and I have nearly all of these troubles.
 
When I try to be grown-up, people tell me I’m tooyoung. When I do something wrong, people tell me to grow up. I don’t understand. I guess we’re always going to be too big for somethings, and too young for others. That’s just how the world is. Relax,it’s just your preteen years.
 Michelle RichardThe preteen years are the true age of personal empowerment—old enough to move, shake and change the world and too young to becaught up in the belief that it can’t be done.
CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE PRETEEN SOULChicken Soup for the Soul
 
 
 At the same time, the onset of puberty creates mood swings,hormone surges and a growing interest in the opposite gender. While you are facing these physical and emotional changes, events likedivorce, changing friendships, permanent loss due to the death of aloved one, and moving or having a close friend move can be extradifficult during these already challenging years.In addition to all of these issues, you are also filled withquestions—questions about your place in the world, your beliefs, who you are and how you fit in to the greater scheme of things, as thispoem written by Megan Brown, age twelve, addresses:
 Sometimes I wonder if we all see the same colors.
 
Or if someone is colorblind and they just don’t know it!
 
What’s beyond our universe? 
 
 I wonder if there are otherworlds.
 
 Is there a heaven? I know there is, but . . . really is there? 
 
 I wonder if when we sleep, Our dreams are actual places weare going to.
 
 I think we may be living in someone’s dream right now.
 
 I thinkthat mirrors lie.
 
What are we? 
 Since the publication of 
Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul 
in1998, we have received thousands of letters from kids all over the world who read and loved our book. You shared with us the joys andsorrows of your lives, how our book had touched you in some way,and an overwhelming amount of gratitude to us for creating a book  where you could turn for support.For the most part, you referred to yourselves as preteens:
 I’m twelve years old, and in my opinion, it’s one of the toughest times in anyone’s life. We are just at the age when we’re no longer
Chicken Soup for the SoulCHICKEN SOUP FOR THE PRETEEN SOUL

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