Friday, June 12, 2009

Chicken Soup for the Soul Review and Giveaway

If you haven't heard of Chicken Soup for the Soul, where exactly have you been the last 15 years? Chicken Soup for the Soul began with a single volume in 1993. Now there are more than 200 titles that have been translated into 40 different languages. They have sold more 112 million books. Chicken Soup for the Soul continues to develop new ways to reach the public including movies, DVDs, online resources and other partnerships.

The newest offering from Chicken Soup for the Soul is a series directed at teenagers and young adults. There are 4 titles: Teens Talk Middle School; Teens Talk High School; Teens Talk Getting Into College; and Campus Chronicles. Each book tells a series of stories. The stories cover topics like "Happy to be me"; "Dating, Crushes and Just Friends"; "Consequences" and "That was Embarrassing" (from the High School book). Some topics are fun; others are serious.

When my son (who goes to middle school in August) gets home from camp, we are going to start reading the stories together. I want to read the stories together in case there are things that we need to discuss. It could be things he has been dealing with or asking him how he would have dealt with the situation.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk Middle School

101 Stories of Life, Love, and Learning for Younger Teens

Almost everyone hated middle school. It’s a very tough time for adolescents. This “support group in a book” is specifically geared to younger teens -- the ones still worrying about puberty, cliques, discovering the opposite sex, and figuring out who they are. Meant for middle school students ages eleven to fourteen, stories cover regrets and lessons learned, love and “like,” popularity, friendship, tough issues such as divorce, illness, and death, failure and rising above it, embarrassing moments, bullying, and finding something you’re passionate about. The stories provide emotional support, humor, and inspiration for the young teens making their way through the tumultuous middle school years.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk High School

101 Stories of Life, Love, and Learning for Older Teens

This book focuses on issues specific to high school age kids, ages fourteen to eighteen. Teens in high school have mainly moved past worrying about puberty and cliques, so stories in this book cover topics of interest to older teens such as sports and clubs, religion and faith, driving, curfews, growing up, self-image and self-acceptance, dating and sex, family relationships, friends, divorce, illness, death, pregnancy, drinking, failure, and preparing for life after high school. High school students will find comfort and inspiration in the words of this book, referring to it through all four years of their high school experience, like a portable support group.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk Getting In... to College

101 True Stories from Kids Who Have Lived Through It

These days, colleges are deluged with applications, and the application process has become something traumatic that students and parents experience together. This book isn’t about how to get into college -- it’s about providing emotional, not tactical, support. The stories in this book are written by kids who have been there and want to pass on their words of support to the kids about to go through the whole ordeal. Story topics include parental and peer pressure, the stress of grades and standardized tests, applications and interviews, recruiting, disappointments, and successes. Parents and students alike will findGetting In... to College a great source of inspiration.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Campus Chronicles

101 Real College Stories from Real College Students

College life can be fun, stressful, exciting, and educational in more ways than one. Campus Chronicles is a book for any current or prospective college student who wants to know what really goes on in the dorms and in the classroom. Story topics range from the academic, like studying abroad and picking majors, to partying and life choices. Read about other college students’ spring breaks, personal growth, relationships with family and significant others, Greek life, transferring schools, money woes, and alternative paths. Campus Chronicles is about growing up, making choices, learning lessons, and making the best of your last years as a student.

Would you like to win a copy? I will be giving away one copy of each title.

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A Reader said...

My best advice would be to go after your dreams, but always have a plan B
Thanks for the giveaway!

Abby said...

I would love the middle school one!

My best advice would be to realize the things that make you different just may be your talents that make you excel later in life!

ajcmeyer AT go DOT com

Anonymous said...

Teens Talk Getting Into College or Campus Chronicles look great!
advise: Study Hard, Play Hard. Haha.
Seriously, enjoy it but plan for the future!
KawaiiNeko2008 at aol dot com

cstironkat said...

I would like the Chicken Soup for the Soul: Campus Chronicles

My advice is find a study buddy. I always worked better with a friend and you can help each other study for tests too.


school is fun, enjoy it, but also learn and go for your dreams...don't follow others because they look popular- go with what you know is right

lorides said...

I teach middle school and I would love the middle school one for my students. My advice (that I give often) is "this too shall pass"

Donna said...

I have a high school age daughter and I have always told her, do your best and I will be happy. If she gets a B and I know she has done her best then I am perfectly happy with that even when she is not.

Nicole D. said...

My advice is to work hard in school, but don't forget to have fun! Get involved in extra cirricular activities - these experiences can count as much as your grades in getting far in life!

kathy55439 said...

Never let someone eles talk you into something you know is wrong... Stick to your morals and listen to the still small voice inside you

Hillary said...

I would like teens talk middle school. The advice I have given my children is treat others the way you would want to be treated.

Thanks for the contest!

apple said...

Live fully, it's not all about academics, it's about having fun and doing everything you can. :)

Erin said...

Follow your dreams and never give up :)

JamericanSpice said...

Always get a good education, whether you think you'll need it or not because then when you do need it, you wont feel trapped that you don't have it.

This way you'll always have options.

Andi said...

The best advice for students is to get out there and be confident!