CONTENTS

From Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul

Contents

Introduction

1. ON RELATIONSHIPS

Losing the “Us” Lia Gay

After a While Veronica A. Shoffstall

Soul Mates Fran Leb

The Miss of a Great “Miss” Jack Schlatter

My First Kiss, and Then Some Mary Jane West-Delgado

First Kiss—First Lesson Jennifer Braunschweiger

Changes in Life Sheila K. Reyman

First Love Mary Ellen Klee

A High School Love Not Forgotten Diana L. Chapman

2. ON FRIENDSHIP

The Gossiper Author Unknown

A Simple Christmas Card Theresa Peterson

Please Listen Stacia Gilmer

She Told Me It Was Okay to Cry Daphna Renan

Lessons in Friendship A. J. Langer

Always Return Your Phone Calls Anonymous

My New Best Friend Retold by Kimberly Kirberger

The Days of Cardboard Boxes Eva Burke

3. ON FAMILY

She Didn’t Give Up on Me Sharon Whitley

Mama’s Hands Tommi Jo Casteel

Unconditional Mom Sarah J. Vogt

The Bible Beckah Fink

The Birthday Melissa Esposito

The Home Run Terri Vandermark

My Big Brother Lisa Gumenick

A Brother’s Voice James Malinchak

A Famous Father Author Unknown

Lessons in Baseball Chick Moorman

The Champ As told by Nailah Malik, the “Vela Storyteller”

I Love You, Dad Nick Curry III

I Am Home Jennie Garth

4. ON LOVE AND KINDNESS

Tigress Judith S. Johnessee

Bright Heart Jennifer Love Hewitt

The Secret of Happiness The Speaker’s Sourcebook

Reaching Out to a Stranger Barbara A. Lewis

Smile Barbara Hauck

Mrs. Link Susan Daniels Adams

A Mason-Dixon Memory Clifton Davis

A Gift for Two Andrea Hensley

Life Just Isn’t Katie Leicht

Tell the World for Me John Powell, S.J.

Like People First Kent Nerburn

Lilacs Bloom Every Spring blue jean magazine

Paint Brush Bettie B. Youngs

5. ON LEARNING

Egg Lessons Kimberly Kirberger

The Cost of Gratefulness Randal Jones

I Try to Remember Author Unknown

Mrs. Virginia DeView, Where Are You? Diana L. Chapman

What’s Wrong? The Speaker’s Sourcebook

The Eternal Gifts Jack Schlatter

Socrates Retold by Eric Saperston

Challenge Days As told to Andrew Tertes

Please Hear What I’m Not Saying Charles C. Finn

I Am . . . Amy Yerkes

Sparky Earl Nightingale

If I Knew Kimberly Kirberger

6. TOUGH STUFF

I’ll Always Be with You Dale and Dar Emme

My Story Lia Gay

Somebody Should Have Taught Him Retold by Jane Watkins

Just One Drink Chris Laddish

The Dance Tony Arata

The Premonition Bruce Burch

Dead at 17 John Berrio

“Gabby, You’re Sooo Skinny” Gabriella Tortes

Gold-Medal Winner Rick Metzger

Desiderata Max Ehrmann

7. MAKING A DIFFERENCE

What Is Success? Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be Cool . . . Stay in School! Jason Summey

The Leader Tony Overman

Courage in Action Bill Sanders

Turning Up Your Light Eric Allenbaugh

The Oyster Author Unknown

Courage in a Fire Barbara A. Lewis

The Most Mature Thing I’ve Ever Seen Chris Blake

Broken Wing Jim Hullihan

Passing the Dream Penny Caldwell

8. GOING FOR IT!

The Girl Next Door Amanda Dykstra

I’ll Be Back Jack Cavanaugh

Just Me Tom Krause

True Height David Naster

Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Helen Keller

The Gravediggers of Parkview Junior High Kif Anderson

Teenagers’ Bill of Rights Lia Gay et al.

The Boy Who Talked with Dolphins Paula McDonald

Wild Thing Jennifer Philbin

To Track Down My Dream Ashley Hodgeson

From Crutches to a World-Class Runner
The Speaker’s Sourcebook

If Rudyard Kipling

No-Hair Day Jennifer Rosenfeld and Alison Lambert

I Did It! Mark E. Smith

Growing Brooke Mueller

New Beginnings Paula (Bachleda) Koskey

Who Is Jack Canfield?

Who Is Mark Victor Hansen?

Who Is Kimberly Kirberger?

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