Our preteen years, ages nine to thirteen, can present some of the most difficult times in our young livesa period of tremendous physical and emotional change. We're eager to leave the 'kid' stage, yet we're uncertain about what adolescence will bring; we start hearing the familiar refrain 'wait until youre older' far too often. Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul is a companion guide for these transitional years.
Written by and for preteens, this uplifting collection of stories touches on the emotions and situations we experience every day: making and losing friends, fitting in while keeping our 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.
My Best Enemy
Examine the contents, not the bottle.
Once again, I was in a new school. So was a girl in my class named Paris. That's where the similarities ended.
I was tall, with a big, moony face. She was petite and skinny with a model's delicate features.
My thick, black hair had been recently cut short into a shag style. Her natural caramel blonde hair flowed to her waist and looked great when she flipped it around.
I was twelve and one of the oldest in the class. She was eleven and the youngest in the class.
I was awkward and shy. She wasn't.
I wore baggy overalls, sweatshirts and lime-green hiking boots. Paris wore rhinestone platform shoes, little twirly skirts and expensive, size-one designer jeans.
I couldn't stand her. I considered her my enemy. She liked me. She wanted to be friends.
One day, she invited me over and I said yes. I was too shocked to answer any other way. My family had moved six times in six years, ...
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