CONTENTS

From Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul

Contents

Foreword

Introduction

1. ACHIEVING DREAMS

Where in the World Is Carmen? Marieta Irwin

Trash Bags Are for Trash Makenzie Snyder

Run with It Susan Overton

The Back of David’s Head Mary Ellyn Sandford

Going to the Dogs Stephanie Taylor

If I Could Change the World for the Better, I Would . . . *NSYNC and Friends

A Run to Remember Barbara L. Glenn

Shining Down Michael Kavalinas as told by Monte Stewart

Dreams Ryan Kelly

2. ON FRIENDSHIP

The Forgotten Friend Judith Burnett Schneider

Backfire! Lou Kassem

Best Friends Whitney M. Baldwin

My Best Enemy Dakota Lane

Heaven Sent Beverley Mitchell

Keeping in Touch Emily Burton

My Big Solo Cynthia Marie Hamond

Now You See It, Now You Don’t Anne McCourtie

3. ON FAMILY

Hey, Remember When? Kyle Brown

Families That Care, Care About Families Rachelle P. Castor

Together, We Can Do Anything Jarod Larson

Gains and Losses Xiao Xi Zhang

Forever Garrett Mia Hamm

Supper David Barbara Lage

I Flushed It Pier Novelli

This Old Chair Christa Holder Ocker

Mom Apryl Anderson

4. ON LOVE

Bobby Lee Daphne M. Orenshein

Love Lives On Laurie Hartman

Dusty, the Wonder Dog Mary Saracino

The Teacher Who Cared Courtni Calhoun

The Act of Love Kathy Kemmer Pyron

Cry When You Are Sad Jonathan Piccirillo

Only Love Lasts Forever Denise and Rett Ackart

The Reason for Living Lauren Elizabeth Holden

5. ON DEATH AND DYING

April Morning Justin Day

Ryan’s Story Kelli Frusher

I’ll Never Forget Him Megan Weaver

An Angel in Disguise Megan Jennings

My Little Superman KeriAnne McCaffrey

Don’t Forget to Say I Love You Nicole Fortuna

Grandma’s Cloud Game Nadine Rogers

Mr. Oberley’s Star Cynthia Ross Cravit

Life Is Short Scott Klinger

In Every Thought Leslie Miller

6. ON ATTITUDE AND PERSPECTIVE

Big at Heart Mark Schulle as told by Bunny Schulle

The Best Christmas I Never Had MaryJanice Davidson

The Hidden Treasure Debbie King as told by Ashley King

The Snow Angel Christine Fishlinger

You’ll Be Good for Him Eugene Gagliano

Scott David Ferino

Adam’s Apples Kim Aaron

Who Said There’s No Crying in Softball? Amy Severns

The Yellow Piece of Paper Lauren Thorbjornsen

Hard Work Pays Off Karl Malone

7. OVERCOMING OBSTACLES

Annie Wiggle-Do Kathleen M. Muldoon

Two Percent Is Enough Krissy Creager

The First Day of Middle School Patty Hansen

Perfect, I’m Not Julia Wasson Render

Rediscovery Raegan Baker

A Little Coaching Noah Edelson

The Last Runner Lisa Beach

The Power of the Pen Arlys Angelique Endres as told by Carol Osman Brown

Tough, Sturdy and Triumphant Elijah Shoesmith

8. ON CHOICES

Forever Stay in My Heart Jillian Eide

Two Tickets to the Big Game J. Styron Madsen

Fireplug and Dad Rusty Fischer

Nice Catch! Doris Canner

The Gorilla Syndrome Elizabeth J. Schmeidler

Just Desserts Beverly Spooner

A Chicken-Noodle-Soup Day Donna Beveridge

A Silent Voice David R. Collins

Walking with Grandpa Uncle Greg

9. ON TOUGH STUFF

Kelsey Shane Ruwe

Losing Mom Diana Carson

Celebrate the Good Days Leslie Beck

Think Before You Act Lauren Wheeler

Getting Better Tiffany Jacques

For the Best April Townsend

A Smile Can Save a Life Jason R. Dorsey

My One Regret Angelia Lee Swift

The Perfect Figure Nikki Yargar

Pale Dawn of a New Day Katherine Ackerman

10. ON CHANGES

My Very First Kiss Patty Hansen

A Life Once Lived Brandi Bacon

Papa Brian Normandin as told by Mary Normandin

Taking a Stand Irene Dunlap

Loving Equally Nicole Peters

Just Do It! Son Truong Nguyen

I Love You, Lindsey Lindsey Rawson

My Best Friend Tamera Collins

You Know You’re Growing Up When . . . Multiple Authors

11. ECLECTIC WISDOM

Redsy Barry Fireman

Tippy Christine Armstrong

What’s a Miracle, Granddad? Lew Talmadge

Never Put Rocks in Your Mouth Shirley Barone Craddock

The Moment I Knew I’d Never Be Cool D. Marie O’Keefe

Lost Casey Veronie

Kindness Is a Simple Gift Michael Oknefski

Our Christmas Secret Lori Menning

What I’ve Learned So Far Multiple Authors

Afterword: The End Paige Holland

Who Is Jack Canfield?

Who Is Mark Victor Hansen?

Who Is Patty Hansen?

Who Is Irene Dunlap?

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