From Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul


Valerie Allen is an editor at a crossword puzzle company, and is the published author of The Night Thief, a children’s picture book. Valerie can be reached at 930 SW 86th Ave., Pembroke Pines, FL 33025.

Barbara Allman is a children’s writer and former editor of Schooldays Magazine. Barbara enjoys speaking to school groups and encouraging children to write. School visits can be arranged through her publisher, Carolrhoda Books, Inc., phone: 800-328-4929.

Bader Alshammeri, age fourteen, is an eighth-grader from Rio Bravo Middle School in El Paso, Texas. He plays all sports, especially basketball. He is now six-feet-two-inches tall, and says he still has four more years to grow. His goal is to reach seven feet, and to play professional basketball.

Erin Althauser is a fifteen-year-old freshman at Timberline High School. She is thinking of taking after her dad and becoming a computer professional. She enjoys talking, hanging out with friends, listening to music, and writing short stories and poems.

Killeen Anderson is a sociology major who enjoys her volunteer work with the disabled students on her college campus as well as foreign languages, music, film and a good day of bodysurfing. She resides in California with her husband, Ralph, and their Labrador retriever, Digby.

Nate Barker is a thirteen-year-old from Colombus, Ohio. He likes to draw, write and participate in swimming, track, basketball and snow skiing.

Kendra Batch, age twelve, is an eighth-grader from Indiana. When she is not writing, she likes to ride her bike and go-cart.

Anne (A. F.) Bauman, a professor of English, specializing in writing and children’s literature, has had her work published in books, anthologies and magazines. She is now working on a mystery for children.

Martha Bolton has been a staff writer for Bob Hope for fifteen years. She is the author of twenty-four books and has been published by Reader’s Digest, The Christian Herald and Breakaway Magazine. She has received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics and is the winner of two International Angel Awards.

Vanessa Breeden is a thirteen-year-old who lives in Texas. She enjoys writing, playing the piano, in-line skating, track, canoeing and collecting pictures of Leonardo Di Caprio.

Marcia Byalick is a freelance writer, award-winning columnist, college writing instructor, and author of three young adult novels and three self-help books. One of her novels, It’s a Matter of Trust, was honored as an International Reading Association Young Adult Choice for 1997. Marcia can be reached through Writer’s House Literary Agency.

Joseph Cantrell is a thirteen-year-old from Greenville, South Carolina. He likes surfing the Internet, baseball, fishing and biking. He has two sisters and one brother, with another on the way.

Ben Carson, M.D., was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1951. Dr. Carson attributes his metamorphosis from an unmotivated ghetto youngster to one of the most respected neurosurgeons in the world, to his mother, Sonya. Dr. Carson is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Michigan Medical School. Presently director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Carson and his wife, Candy, and their three sons reside in West Friendship, Maryland.

Vanessa Clayton is a fourteen-year-old who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she is a dedicated student and avid reader. She enjoys volunteering with children and food drives, playing basketball, tennis, skiing and playing the piano.

Donna L. Clovis, a Columbia University Fellow in New York, is a storyteller, author and associate producer. She is also an ESL teacher at Princeton Schools in New Jersey. Storybook of Native American Wisdom is her fifth published book. Contact Donna at P.O. Box 741, Princeton Jct., NJ 08550.

James Elwood Conner, Ed.D., has had numerous careers, including teacher, principal, college professor, college president, curriculum specialist, senior associate for education with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and governor’s speech writer. He is currently freelancing and ghostwriting.

Meg W. Conner resides in North Carolina with her husband of fifty years. Meg is the author of the popular sourcebook Career Mentoring at Work. Meg is the recipient of the United Nations Human Rights Award and has been cited in World Who’s Who of Women.

Elizabeth Cornish, age twelve, has recently been recognized as the top fifth-grade student in her school, winning awards in her district for writing. She enjoys performing arts in the areas of ballet and piano.

Barbara McCutcheon Crawford, author and seasoned teacher, shares her experience in her current book, The Common Sense, Early-Childhood Classroom. She owns Jugtown Mountain School where she is the director and head teacher. For information about books and presentations, she can reached at 454 Mine Rd., Asbury, NJ, or by calling or faxing 908-537-4444.

Jennifer Rhea Cross, age seventeen, plans to study journalism at the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette. She enjoys spending time with her family, boyfriend, friends and dog. In order to help educate others, she is involved with hemophilia and AIDS organizations.

Jason Damazo is a thirteen-year-old who lives in California. He enjoys playing the cello, reading, writing and playing percussion. Jason loves dogs and would like to see a wolf someday.

Jesse Damazo is a fourteen-year-old who lives in Paradise, California. He is an avid reader and writes for a monthly editorial column in his local newspaper, The Paradise Post. Jesse enjoys music and plays the violin, piano and guitar.

Harmony Davis is a fourteen-year-old who lives in California. She has been involved in creative activities since the age of three, including dance, theatrical productions, and writing plays and short stories.

Jennifer Genereux Davis had her first poem published in 1996 and received an Editor’s Choice Award from The National Library of Poetry. Since then, she has had four poems published and hopes to continue with children’s books and short stories.

Robert Diehl, age twelve, is an eighth-grader whose hobbies include playing lacrosse, football and basketball. He enjoys playing the drums in his school’s band, is a member of his church’s junior youth group and is an avid New York Giants fan.

Dayle Ann Dodds has published eleven books, newspaper articles, poems and magazine stories for children. Her first picture book, Wheel Away! was number one on The San Francisco Chronicle’s bestsellers list. Dayle just completed another novel and her first full-length screenplay.

Jereme Durkin is a nineteen-year-old student at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California. He plays basketball, bodysurfs and likes to make people laugh. Jereme loves writing poetry and is thankful for the encouragement of his family and friends.

Travis Ebel, age fourteen, is from Battle Creek, Michigan, and maintains a 4.0 grade point average at St. Philip’s School and the Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center. Travis likes sports and hopes to become a doctor or an architect.

Adam Edelman, age thirteen, attends Bayside Middle School in Wisconsin. He enjoys reading and social studies and plays football and basketball. He would like to be a music or film critic.

Aljon B. Farin is seven years old and goes to school in San Diego, California. His favorite subject is science. He has two sisters, one-year-old Jasmine Marie and thirteen-year-old Vanessa. After he does his homework, Aljon plays video games and watches sports.

Robert J. Fern lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Suzanne and their daughter, Jill. He teaches psychology at the local community college and manages a counseling program for children. Robert may be reached at 311 West Straford Dr., Chandler, AZ 85224.

Danielle Fishel discovered her love for acting by performing in community plays, and has been acting professionally since she was ten years old. Her first break in acting came when she landed a recurring role on the hit television show, Full House. Danielle joined the Boy Meets World cast in 1993 in the role of Topanga. She is excited to be a part of the Celebrity Sightings team, an on-line celebrity fan club which features exclusive photos, chats, give-aways, prizes, games and a fan club merchandise store. The site can be found at: HYPERLINK

Laksman Frank is a sixteen-year-old honor student at a private school in Sebastian, Florida. He loves sports, especially in-line skating, hockey and surfing. Laksman is a community volunteer for AIDS awareness.

Amber Foy, age twelve, learned to write from her fourth-grade teacher, Ms. Maxner. She has been writing ever since and would like to thank Ms. Maxner for all her support.

Judy Fuerst is a first-time author who usually works with paint rather than words. Her previous productions include newspaper art, murals, posters, textbook illustrations and two well-designed children.

Judy M. Garty currently writes for a local newspaper, The West Bend Daily News. Her story in Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul is a tribute to her youngest brother who died in his sleep. Judy can be reached at 210 Oak St., Slinger, WI 53086-9366.

Elizabeth A. Gilbert-Bono earned her master’s degrees in both business administration and education from Harvard University. She is now enjoying life with her husband, Mark, and their three children, Alexandra, Bryson and Blake.

Candace Goldapper earned both a bachelor of arts and a master’s degree from Queen College in Flushing, New Jersey. She is a former social studies teacher who is now a freelance fiction writer for magazines.

Lois E. Wooster Gopin is a bookkeeper, mother of three grown sons and grandmother of six small grandsons. She loves to paint and write children’s books. She also enjoys sailing with her husband.

Louise R. Hamm is a former legal administrator who started writing seriously after retirement. Married for fifty-one years, Louise has three children and two grandchildren. Lou can be reached at 1003 E. Houston St., Garrett, IN 46738-1622.

Cynthia M. Hamond (Cindy) lives in Monticello, Minnesota. She volunteers her time at St. Henry’s Church as a teacher, communion minister, lector and visitor to the homebound. She may be reached at 1021 W. River St., Monticello, MN 55362, by calling 612-295-5049, by faxing 612-295-3117, or via e-mail at [email protected]

Candice Hanes is a ten-year-old student from Costa Mesa, California, who enjoys ballet, soccer and spending time with her friends. Candice enjoys writing stories and sometimes composes them on her computer.

Melanie Hansen, age ten, is a fourth-grade student in Costa Mesa, California. She loves to write stories and poetry, and sing. She enjoys riding her horse, Shawnee Dancer, and in-line skating with her father, Mark.

Jessica Harper finds enjoyment working, editing videos and going to church. She is seventeen-years-old and lives in a small town in Illinois with her mom, dad and three brothers.

Patricia (Patty) Hathaway-Breed lives on the northern coast of California where she teaches art at her studio and at The College of Redwoods in Fort Bragg. Her hobbies include camping, playing music and listening to the sea with her husband. She may be reached at 32760 Simpson Ln., Fort Bragg, CA 95437.

Debbie Herman is a special education teacher and author of children’s books. She enjoys sitting on the balcony of her fifth-floor apartment where she gets her writing inspiration. She may be reached by e-mail at [email protected]

Lillian Belinfante Herzberg developed an interest in writing while at Grossmont College in La Mesa, California, where she was published in their literary magazine. She has received awards in local contests for her short stories. Lillian and her husband are enjoying retirement by keeping busy going to the movies and live theatre.

Darnell Hill is thirteen years old and would like to be an actor when he grows up. His favorite sports are basketball and football. He comes from a family of seven children—three boys and four girls.

Jillian K. Hunt is a twenty-year-old who dreams of someday writing a novel and teaching second grade. For now, she is getting a head start as a pre-school teacher. Writing is Jillian’s source of relaxation and therapy.

Charles Inglehart is a freshman at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon, where he participates in public speaking classes. He also enjoys music, outside activities and “hanging out” with friends.

Kathy Ireland has appeared on countless magazine covers including Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle, Seventeen and Shape. Her association with Sports Illustrated is legendary: thirteen years, three magazine covers, the magazine’s twenty-fifth and thirtieth anniversary shows, their 1992 swimsuit edition and the Sports Illustrated Class of ‘95. Kathy has always been involved with humane causes. Two of her most recent are Project Inform in San Francisco, which provides information on treatments for HIV/AIDS worldwide, and Athletes and Entertainers for Kids in Los Angeles, a national nonprofit youth-service organization which provides exposure to alternative life options for disadvantaged youth. Kathy lives in Southern California with her husband Greg, an emergency room physician, and their young son, Erik. Kathy and Greg enjoy a variety of sports, including snow skiing, hiking, mountain biking and especially scuba diving. Visit Kathy’s website at

Diana L. James is a professional speaker and writer whose work has appeared in several national magazines. Before becoming a full-time writer/speaker, Diana produced and hosted her own television and radio interview programs.

Lou Kassem was born in the mountains of eastern Tennessee and inherited a natural talent for storytelling. In 1984, she put her talent on paper by publishing the first of eleven novels. With four one-of-a-kind daughters, Lou enjoys writing for young people. She is now working on her twelfth novel.

Christine Lavin has spent twenty years as a reporter and editor for newspapers, including The Burlington Free Press in Vermont and The San Francisco Chronicle. She may be reached at 701 Cleveland, Oakland, CA 94610, by calling 510-536-4529, or via e-mail: [email protected]

Stephanie Lee is a twelve-year-old whose goal in life is to be a doctor. She enjoys writing poems and short stories, and finds inspiration at the beach and through her friends and family. Hermusical talents include playing the flute and the piano.

David Levitt, age sixteen, is a tenth-grade student at Osceola High School in Seminole, Florida. His interests include drama, music and computer games. As the youngest volunteer for Tampa Bay Harvest (TBH), David delivers food donations and speaks to groups about the program.

Damien Liermann, age fifteen, enjoys writing, especially when an important event occurs, because it gives him the opportunity to express his feelings in a non-physical way. Damien also likes to collect key chains, rocks and dead insects. His favorite hobby is collecting music.

Ellie Logan is ten years old and participates in basketball, soccer, swimming, tennis and horseback riding. Ellie has two dogs, two cats and a bird. She would like to thank her third-grade teacher, Mrs. Arnold, for encouraging her to write a story for Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul.

Karen Beth Luckett is a freelance writer of children’s stories and writes primarily for magazines. She is currently working on picture books and collections of short stories.

Dandi DaleyMackall has been writing professionally since 1978. She has published over 150 books for children and 27 books for adults, such as The Princess and the Pea, Picture Me Goldilocks, and Town and Country Mouse, as well as storybooks on The Flintstones, Scooby Doo, Yogi Bear and The Jetsons. Her newest eleven-book series, Puzzle Club Mysteries, will be animated by Hanna Barbera and aired nationally on television. Dandi writes from rural Ohio, where she lives with her husband, Joe, and her three children, Jenny, Katy and Danny— along with two horses, a dog, a cat and a rabbit.

James Malinchak, is the author of Teenagers Tips for Success and a dynamic public speaker. He is a contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul. You may contact James at P.O. Box 32, Monessen, PA 15062, by calling 888-793-1196, via e-mail at [email protected], or visit his Website at

Tyler Vaughn Marsden, age eleven, is a seventh-grader from Southern California. He grew up near the beach where he likes to Boogie Board, bike ride and ski. When he’s at home, he loves to cook.

Taylor Martini, age nine, was encouraged by his third-grade teacher, Mrs. Thompson, to submit to Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul. He likes sports and is active in soccer. Taylor is very involved in chess and competes in tournaments. He would like to be a chess teacher and achieve a grandmaster ranking someday.

Page McBrier is the author of over thirty-five books for young readers. She grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and St. Louis, Missouri, and credits her wacky family with providing much of the inspiration for her stories. She currently lives in Connecticut with her husband and two sons. Page may be reached through Writer’s House, New York City.

Jessica McCain is fourteen years old and has always loved to read and write. She is active in basketball, softball and tennis. She likes to spend time with her friends and family and finds joy in helping others.

Marie P. McDougal is a recently retired English and psychology teacher, former newspaper writer and local history columnist. Currently a freelance writer, she is a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, DetroitWomenWriters, RomanceWriters of America and The Bay AreaWriters’ Guild. Marie can be reached at 41556 Gloca Mora, Harrison Twp., MI 48045.

Dr. Sherry L. Meinberg retired after thirty-four years as a teacher and librarian and is now a university professor. She provides custom-designed speeches, workshops and staff development seminars. Her books include Into the Hornet’s Nest: An Incredible Look at Life in an Inner City School and Be the Boss of Your Brain! Dr. Meinberg can be reached at 5417 Harco St., Long Beach, CA 90808.

Melissa Mercedes is a thirteen-year-old who enjoys writing poetry, listening to R&B music, in-line skating and annoying her little brother, Leonard. She also likes going to the movies with her friends.

Shelly Merkes, age eleven, is a sixth-grader from Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She likes bike riding, in-line skating and swimming. Her musical talents include playing the piano and singing in a chorus.

Shannon Miller has won more Olympic and World Championship Medals than any other male or female American gymnast in history. She earned seven Olympic Medals and nine World Championship Medals in the past four years. During her career, Shannon won an astounding fifty-eight International and forty-nine National Competition Medals; over half of each have been Gold Medals culminating with two Gold Medals at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. As a member of “The Magnificent Seven” at the 1996 Games, she won Team Gold and—for the first time for any American gymnast—the Gold Medal in the balance beam competition.

Kel Mitchell is a nineteen-year-old Chicago native, who received his training from ETA Creative Arts Foundation in drama, dance and voice. Kel gained much of his acting experience performing in local theatrical productions and made his television debut as a cast member of Nickelodeon’s all-kid sketch comedy series, All That. Kel recently made his first major feature debut in Good Burger.

Lori Moore is a freelance writer and editor, specializing in the children and young adult markets. She is currently writing scripts for the kids’ television show Hall Pass, and has recently formed her own youth consulting company, YouthScope. Lori can be reached at 1827 W. 246th St., Lomita, CA 90717.

Korina L. Moss grew up in Wappinger Falls, New York, graduated from Texas Tech University, and is currently residing in New England. She enjoys travelling with her husband, David, and spoiling their two cats, Ophelia and Franklin. Her greatest passion is writing; she recently completed a young adult mystery novel.

Tim Myers is a writer, professional storyteller and songwriter who lives in Plattsburgh, New York. He has two stories published in Cricket Magazine and a book soon to be published entitled Let’s Call Him Lauwiliwililihumuhumunuku-nukunukunukukuapua’aoioi! “The Bobsledder’s Jacket” is a true story that happened to his friend, Jack Mulholland, who was an Olympic bobsledder.

Tara M. Nickerson has been telling and writing stories ever since she was a child. Now living on Cape Cod, she has a bachelor of arts degree in English literature. Tara recently completed the manuscripts for four young adult novels. She may be contacted at P.O. Box 131, Cotuit, MA 02635.

Megan Niedermeyer, age twelve, is a seventh-grade student who lives in Lafayette, California. She has twin ten-year-old brothers, Ethan and Colin.

Her favorite activities are reading, writing short stories and poetry, playing basketball and playing with her dog, Swoops.

Chuck Norris is one of the world’s most popular and successful action film stars. As a young man, he joined the Air Force and was sent to Korea where he earned a black belt in karate and a brown belt in judo. When he returned to the United States he became a martial arts instructor. He later started competing, earning endless championship titles including Middleweight Champion of the World. He established The United Fighting Arts Federation and was named “Man of the Year” in 1979. After starring in several martial arts films, Chuck soon became a box office success. With films such as 1983’s Lone Wolf, followed by Missing in Action, Invasion USA and 1986’s Delta Force, he is now starring in his own television series for CBS, Walker, Texas Ranger. Chuck’s charity work is extensive. He developed and now serves as chairman for Kick Drugs Out of America Foundation.

Carla O’Brien is a wife, mother and published children’s book author. She is also a singer/songwriter for the contemporary Christian group, Heartsong. She is developing a journal to teach children about values. Carla can be reached at 8109 Greenshire Dr., Tampa, FL 33634.

Christa Holder Ocker is a happy grandmother and author of four picture books. When she is not writing, she enjoys sailing, cross-country skiing and playing with her granddaughter, Tiana. Christa can be reached at 55 Royal Park Terr., Hillsdale, NJ, 07642.

Mary Beth Olson is a former human services worker turned freelance writer.

Shaquille O’Neal was the number-one pick in the 1992 NBA Draft and is one of basketball’s greatest centers. Known worldwide as the Shaq-Attack, his athletic awards include 1993 Rookie of the Year, Olympic Gold Medalist and Most Valuable Player. Shaq is also a rap artist who released two hit CDs, and an actor with several feature films to his credit, including Kazaam. Shaquille also makes time to give of himself and his resources.

Glenda Palmer’s sixteenth children’s book, God Must Have Smiled When He Made Animals, is currently being published. She lives in San Diego with her husband, Richard. They have two grand cats, and a grand iguana, but no grandchildren yet. Glenda can be reached at 1687 Via Elisa Dr., El Cajon, CA 92021.

Diana Parker is a thirteen-year-old living in Birmingham, Michigan, with her parents and her brother, Nate. She has a dog named Abby and a cockatiel named Lori. She enjoys reading, drawing, hiking, playing the flute, and engaging in political debates. Someday she hopes to be a scientist and help the world.

Lucas Parker, age eleven, is a seventh-grader who enjoys baseball, snow skiing, surfing and hiking. He does well in school, and earned a place on the principal’s honor roll. He would like to attend UCLA, and perhaps work as a volcanologist.

Judie Paxton, born and raised in West Virginia, has lived in the Atlanta, Georgia area for the past twenty-six years. Wife, mother, and proud owner of a Jack Russell terrier, Judie’s interests include reading, walking on the beach and enjoying sunsets. You may contact Judie at 2320 Melrose Trace, Cumming, GA 30041.

Jan Peck loves to write children’s books and contribute to children’s magazines such as Highlights for Children and Boys’ Life. Dial Books published her most recent picture book, The Giant Carrot, for young readers in March of 1998. Jan can be reached at 6217 Loydhill, Fort Worth, TX 76135 or by e-mail at: HYPERLINK mailto: [email protected]

Joanne Peterson lives on the Olympic Peninsula in the Pacific Northwest. She has produced expository writing for business and civic organizations and is the author of stories for both children and adults. Her poetry has appeared in several publications and received awards at The Northwest Writers’ Conference.

Berniece Rabe is the author of sixteen children’s books; her first five novels earned nominations for The Newbery Award, and two children’s books won The Society of Children’s Book Writer’s Golden Kite Award. She is a sought-after speaker for schools and educators. She can be reached at 724 Smokerise, Denton, TX 76205.

Deborah J. Rasmussen is a freelance writer/editor with a special interest in children’s literature, and was a winner of the Highlights for Children Fiction Contest in 1995. Deborah resides in Florida with her husband and eleven-year-old son. She can be reached at 9149 Arundel Way, Jacksonville, FL 32257-5080.

Lacy Richardson is thirteen years old and lives in a log cabin in Blue Ridge, Virginia. She is the eldest of four children—two sisters and a brother. Her hobbies include reading and playing the flute. Lacy swims on a local swim team and plans to continue in college.

Belladonna Richuitti, age thirteen, loves to sing, write poetry and read mystery books. Her favorite sports are basketball and volleyball. She would like to thank her English teacher, Ms. Moronta, for all her help and support.

Ann McCoole Rigby loves people, nature, healing ideas and words. She combines these loves as a wife, mother, teacher, astrologer and writer. Ann is the author of Why Moon Goes Round and other astrological materials for children. She can be reached at 5313 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253, or by calling 602-952-0127.

Linda Rosenberg is a freelance writer, middle-school English teacher, and a writer for Disney In-School Video Programs. Since 1991, she has been involved with Disney, scripting the in-school versions of Aladdin, Snow White and Pinnochio. Linda’s hobbies are reading and writing and teaching her students to do the same. Her most important editors are her two children, Daniella and Mark. She can be reached at 3353 Caminito Gandara, La Jolla, CA 92037.

David Roth is a musician, songwriter, recording artist, conference presenter, occasional NBA national anthem singer, animal lover, playwright and workshop facilitator. David’s work can also be found in other Chicken Soup for the Soul books. He can be reached at 18952 40th Place NE, Seattle, WA 98155-2810; phone: 1-800-484-2367 ext. 3283; e-mail: HYPERLINK mail to: [email protected]: Web page:

Donna Russell is a native New Yorker who has earned masters degrees in education and corporate finance. She is currently self-employed and spends her free time writing fiction. Married with one daughter and a grandson, she loves to play tennis.

Mary Ellyn Sandford is a happily married mother of seven children. Her writing has been published in several magazines, including Venture, Counselor, Reader’s Digest and Police Magazine. She enjoys making homemade bread and chicken soup. Mary Ellyn can be reached at 4507 Chelsea Ave., Lisle, IL 60532, or via e-mail at [email protected]

Beth Schaffer, age sixteen, enjoys reading and writing poetry. She would like to dedicate her piece in Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul to her mom, dad, and Ms. Jan who have given her guidance, love and support.

Kristin Seuntjens has pursued a career as an elementary educator, but enjoys being a full-time mom the most. Kristen makes time to read, draw, sing and play the violin. She is currently working on her first chapter book for children. She can be reached at 227 Isanti St., Duluth, MN, 55803.

Matt Sharpe is twelve years old and lives in San Diego, California. He plays on his school’s basketball and football teams. He likes skateboarding, bicycling and playing at the beach. Matt would like to dedicate his story to the memory of his father, “the best dad ever,” Steve Sharpe.

Katie Short, age twelve, is a seventh-grader at Read Mountain Middle School in Cloverdale, Virginia. She likes to read and listen to music. She is a softball player and an Atlanta Braves fan. She has two older sisters and a dog named Peaches.

Alan D. Shultz resides on an Indiana farm with his wife, Deb, and their three teenage children. He is a lawyer, real-estate broker and award-winning newspaper columnist. Alan can be reached at 5852W. 1000 North, Delphi, IN 46923.

Bernie Siegel, M.D., lives in a suburb of New Haven, Connecticut, with his wife and coworker, Bobbie. Dr. Seigel (Bernie) has cared for and counseled people whose mortality has been threatened by an illness. In 1986 his first book, Love, Medicine & Miracles, was published. Peace, Love & Healing and How To Live Between Office Visits followed. He is currently working on other books with the goal of humanizing medical education and medical care.

Stacie Christina Smith is a twelve-year-old seventh-grader from Lincoln, Massachusetts, who enjoys singing in church, talent shows and plays. Stacie spends a lot of time with her family and friends. Her hobbies include basketball, swimming and softball.

Valeria Soto is a twelve-year-old student attending Ensign Intermediate School in Newport Beach, California. Her favorite subject is science and she enjoys writing. Her family is the most special part of her life.

Rider Strong, seventeen-year-old star of ABC’s hit show Boy Meets World, landed his first professional acting job at the tender age of nine when he played the coveted role of the ill-fated Gavroche in Les Miserables. Since then, he has made numerous guest star appearances on many hit television shows including Home Improvement, Empty Nest, Evening Shade, Time Trax, and most recently a recurring role on FOX Television’s Party of Five. Rider, a prodigious writer, is currently putting the final touches on his book of poetry entitled On the Impulse, which he is showcasing at local clubs in the Los Angeles area. He also attends college in the Los Angeles area.

Jessica Stroup is a freshman in high school who dreams of singing on stage in front of millions of fans. For now, she enjoys being a teenager; shopping, spending time with friends, and writing poems. She lives with her mother, stepfather and two younger brothers.

Audilee Boyd Taylor is the published author of a children’s picture storybook entitled Where Did My Feather Pillow Come From? Her other children’s books in progress are The Other 99 Sheep, The Mulberry Connection, and The Savannah River Pirates. Audilee can be reached at P.O. Box 60728, Savannah, GA 31420-0728.

Kenan Thompson began his acting career at the age of five, playing a gingerbread man in the school play. From his kindergarten classroom to the silver screen, Thompson’s acting career has skyrocketed with roles in the major motion pictures D-2 The Mighty Ducks, Heavy Weights with Ben Stiller, and the Nickelodeon release Good Burger. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Thompson’s other television credits include reporting for CNN’s Real News For Kids, co-host of the ABC special Night Crawlers and T-Rex, which won an Emmy Award.

Tia Thompson is a fifteen-year-old who enjoys writing fiction and non-fiction stories, letters and poems. She loves listening to music and spending time with her friends. She considers herself to be an outgoing, talkative person.

Heather Thomsen, age thirteen, is from Shoreline, Washington, where she likes to play soccer and run track and cross-country. She plays the French horn and sings in the school concert choir. Heather enjoys reading and writing stories about her detective agency called The Four Investigators.

Reverend Mark Tidd is the pastor of Crestview Christian Reformed Church in Boulder, Colorado. He is the father of five children ranging from four to twenty years old. He records and performs with NO I NO, an acoustic rock/funk/Latin/pop (but no rap) group.

John Troxler is fifteen-years-old and lives in Summerfield, North Carolina, with his parents and two brothers. His hobbies include playing soccer, playing video games, reading and crafts.

Sabrina Anne Tyler is a twelve-year-old from Costa Mesa, California. She wants to be a Harvard-educated lawyer or a marine biologist when she grows up. She enjoys biking, doing theatre work and writing short stories.

M. A. Urquhart is a freelance writer and the author of a dozen children’s books. She lives in Maine with her husband and three children, all of whom have had enormous influence on her writing.

Julie J. Vaughn, Tyler’s mother, is a student earning her certificate in drug and alcohol counseling. She enjoys cycling and is learning to play golf.

Adrian Wagner is a twenty-six-year-old sports writer for The St. Cloud Times, a daily newspaper in central Minnesota, who says he is more concerned with the heart of the team than the score of the game. Adrian aspires to be the sports editor of a large daily newspaper. He may be reached at 3200 N. 15th St., Apt. #315, St. Cloud, MN 56303.

Jody Suzanne Waitzman, age thirteen, loves to read, listen to music and write about human rights and racism. She has had the fortune to travel, which she says has made her more open-minded to other cultures and customs.

JoelWalker, age eleven, is a sixth-grader from Costa Mesa, California, who has enjoyed playing soccer and baseball since he was five years old. He is a member of “THE UNDERGROUND” at Calvary Church Newport Mesa and thanks God for the blessings he receives daily.

Kerri Warren, age thirty, wrote her story for Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul while in junior high. Kerri earned a Ph.D. in cell biology and is currently doing research at Harvard Medical School, studying heart formation and rhythm generation.

Sandra Warren is an author, educational consultant and publisher. She has authored books, poetry, reader’s theatre, video and audio scripts including Arlie the Alligator, a story-song picture book for children. Contact Sandra at P.O. Box 360933, Strongsville, OH, 44136, or via e-mail at [email protected] We would also like to thank the following contributors: From Costa Mesa, California: Lauren Aitch; Mike Curtis; Evan de Armond; Tania Garcia; Elisabeth Hansen; Elvis Hernandez; Stephanie Lane; David Neira; Nedim Pajevic; Ashley Parole; Karen Perdue; Amanda Smith; Hayley Valvano; and Roman Zaccuri. From Newport Beach, California: Katie Adnoff; Natalie Citro; Marleigh Dunlap; Philip Maupin; Brittany Miller; Mikie Montmorency; Geoffrey Rill; Raelyn Ritchie; Corey Schiller; and Erika Towles. Also, Danielle Uselton from Cleveland, TN;Martina Miller from Reidville, SC; Sarah Bennett from St. Petersburg, FL; Meghan Gilstrap and MeShelle Locke from Lacey, WA; Molly Oliver from Cincinatti, OH; Jessica Ann Farley from Hartly DE; Jorge Prieto from El Paso, TX; Leah Hatcher from Cloverdale, VA; Megan Preizer from Rushville, IN; Angie Porter from Stendal, IN; Renny Usbay from Sunnyside, NY; Eun Joo Shin from Woodside, NY; Gina Pozielli from Gibbstown, NJ; Ronnie Evans; Katie Fata; Samantha Jean Fritz; Ashlee Gray; Ben Hall; Michelle Nicole Rodgers; Maria McLane; and Benjamin Mitchell from Lansing, MI; Andrea Gwyn from Midlothian, VA; Becky Rymer from Greensboro, NC; Pat Wheeler’s fourth grade class from Paducah, KY and Tracey Alvey’s fourth grade class from Paducah, KY; and Alle Vitrano from Windsor, CA.

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