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Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II 

by Jack Canfield

Chicken SoupChicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II is a book of powerful and inspirational short stories written by teens, for teens. These life lessons cover a wide variety of topics, including relationships, acts of kindness, physical and emotional struggles, and many more.

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II was the first book I've read in the series, and hopefully will be the first of many that I'll get. This book had many stories that I related with, and made me smile, laugh, and even get some tears in my eyes.

This book, along with others in the series, is a must-have for teen readers, as it has something for everyone. This book basically tells teenagers that when they are dealing with harsh times, they are not alone.

Jakob, 15

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Never Fall Down 

by Patricia McCormick

Never Fall Down coverNever Fall Down is based on the true story of Arn Chorn-Pond, a survivor of the brutal life in the Khmer Rouge, a communist party that had taken over Cambodia. Arn is a normal, if impoverished, boy who suddenly gets thrust into the violent life of the Khmer Rouge, and is made to commit to many things just to stay alive. Learning music is one. Handling a gun is another.

Never Fall Down was an amazing book. Powerful and poignant, it bound my heart and tugged at its strings to make a significant impact. Arn's story is memorable and something that I will read again and again.

I definitely recommend everyone to read this book. History junkies will especially like Never Fall Down. However, there are definitely some graphic aspects to this book, so read at your own discretion.

Erica, 16

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The Diary of a Young Girl 

by Anne Frank
06/18/2012 Categories: holocaust survival stories true stories

Anne Frank is a 13-year-old Jewish girl, who spends two years of her short life hiding in a cramped attic, located in Amsterdam, along with several other families. This real-life story takes place in 1942. Anne and her family are in the "Secret Annexe," because at the time, the Nazis were occupying Holland. Anne keeps a diary, in which she writes all about her life.

The story of Anne Frank is very touching and powerful. It is a remarkable book that is perfect for any advanced reader. I liked it because of the plot line and vivid details. It is interesting to read about a girl your age, and to compare your life to her's.

If you are interested about learning more about Europe's history, and discovering how life was back then, you should consider reading The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. You won't be disappointed!

Milla, 12

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Desert Flower 

by Waris Dirie

Desert Flower coverDesert Flower was written by a well-known model Waris Dirie. The most amazing factor of this book is that this is a true story and is still as or more interesting than fiction. The reader explores the life of a circumcised woman in Somalia and all of her obstacles.

I love this book based on the fact that Waris Dirie's life as a child must have been difficult, and you explore a different country with different cultures. The type of society we pretend doesn't exist is still alive and well in other countries. This book is an eye- opener to our lack of knowledge beyond our country.

I would certainly recommend this book to older teens due to the inappropriate and intense scenes. This book truly captivates the reader and reinforces the lesson that not all of our lives will be easy and there will be challenges we must overcome. The title is a symbol, because a beautiful flower or woman like Waris can grow from anywhere, even in the desert, and still prosper.

Lauren, 16

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Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul III 

by Jack Canfield
12/10/2011 Categories: inspirational non-fiction true stories

Chicken Soup coverThis book really is chicken soup for the teenage soul; it's about real life experiences that real teenagers braved through. This book is comprised of over 50 stories, relating to the typical issues that we all face. It reminds us that we aren't the only teens dealing with these problems. 

I think that this book is great because it's a great turn-to book when you need some good old comfort. It's about stories and lessons that have been shared by fellow teens/adults. 

I would recommend this book for anyone 11 years old or older. It's the perfect book to turn to when you're feeling down. If you love real stories on life lessons, you'll absolutely love Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul III!

Gillyn, 15

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Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl 

by Anne Frank
12/06/2011 Categories: biography survival stories true stories wwII

The Diary of a Young Girl is set in the 1940's during the Holocaust. The story is a translated version of the real-life diary of Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl who hid with her family from Nazis occupation.

This book gives a real life look into the lives and minds of Anne Frank and her family, who had all been living in hiding for two long years. This book was simply mind-blowing; it's nearly impossible to believe that Anne, a normal teenager who struggled with little problems like the rest of us, was able to stay so strong till the very end. It is an inspirational book because it shows Anne's constant perky spirit, but it is also a very serious memoir of one of the millions of victims of concentration camps during the Holocaust. 

I would recommend this book to people ages 13 and up because it is a deeper read touching on the delicate topic of the persecution of the Jewish people during WWII. If you enjoy real stories about the persistence of the human spirit, you will love this book.

Gillyn, 15

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