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No Body's Perfect by Kimberly Kirberger (#1 New York Times Best-selling Coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul : ISBN 0-439-42638-3. $12.95 published by Scholastic Inc.

'Do you love your body?

That may seem like a pretty crazy question, given all the reasons you've been given not to love your body -- pictures of stick-thin models everywhere you look, a million commercials for weight-loss plans on TV, and tons of magazine articles telling you how to 'Think Thin!' 'Tweeze Those Brows!' 'Trim that Tummy!' But what about learning to accept, appreciate, and love your body just the way it is? Because it's a part of you, and when you love yourself, you love every part of yourself. Even the parts that aren't 'perfect.'

Accepting yourself just the way you are may seem like a pretty big challenge. It may even seem impossible. But it's not. You're about to read stories from real teens -- and from Kimberly Kirberger, the best selling coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul books -- who have done it. You can do it, too.

But why bother? Well, because once you learn to love yourself and make peace with your body, dealing with other things like relationships, school, and family stuff gets a lot easier. If you want to find out more about how it's all connected, start reading.

Begin your journey.'

No Body's Perfect Journal by Kimberly Kirberger (#1 New York Times Best-selling Coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul : ISBN 0-439-42639-1. $8.95 published by Scholastic Inc.

'In No Body's Perfect: Stories by Teens About Body Image, Self-Acceptance, and the Search for Identity, you began a journey toward loving yourself and accepting your body. You read stories written by real teens, and you got valuable guidance from author Kimberly Kirberger. You learned how feeling good about your body, knowing who you are, and staying true to yourself can make you a stronger, happier, and more confident person. You also learned how not feeling good about your body and not loving yourself can contribute to lots of big problems.

Now it's time for you to tell your own story. Use the questions, poems, and quotations that appear throughout this journal as a guide. Dig deep into your past, your mind, and your heart. Put all the thoughts and feelings that are swimming around inside your head down on paper. Get to know the most important person in your life -- you.'
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