Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul

Released August 17, 2021

“A Meal with a Smile” on page 193 was written by author M.L. Tarpley. It was one of only 24 new stories added to this anniversary edition.

The classic, bestselling title today’s parents grew up with – Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul 21st Anniversary Edition has been refreshed and updated with additional, new stories to help today’s preteens be the happiest, best versions of themselves. 

When you read these stories about the lives of other kids your age, you’ll realize you share many experiences and emotions. You are not alone.

That is so empowering and comforting. And that’s why this collection of stories for preteens has become a classic, published for the first time in the year 2000, and now updated with brand-new stories for its 21st anniversary—ones about being a kid during the pandemic, social media and technology, and many other modern-day issues.

You’ll read more than 100 stories and poems in chapters about:
• Achieving Dreams
• Friendship
• Family
• Love
• Death and Dying
• Attitude and Perspective
• Overcoming Obstacles
• Choices
• Tough Stuff
• Changes
• Eclectic Wisdom

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Check out M.L.’s short stories and other writing on the JOURNAL page.