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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,278 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde Narrator: Anne Pitoniak, Michael McGlone, Enid Graham, Liam Norton, Leland Gantt, Sharon Quinn, Gordon Weiss, Debra Monk Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Catherine Ryan Hyde’s international sensation, Pay It Forward, is the moving story of Trevor McKinney, a twelve-year-old boy who accepts his social studies teacher’s challenge to come up with a plan to change the world.Trevor’s idea is simple: Do a good deed for three people and ask them to "pay it forward" to three others who need help. He envisions a vast movement of kindness and goodwill spreading beyond his small California town and across the world. However, when Jerry, a bum to whom Trevor gave his allowance, returns to a life of dissolution, the project seems valuable only as a lesson on the dark side of human nature. But ultimately Trevor is vindicated. At first people don’t know how to explain the odd dip in crime rates across the nation, but a journalist with a story of his own tracks down the source of the epidemic of random acts of kindness and makes Trevor a celebrity. Yet Trevor has problems closer to home: he wants his pretty, hardworking mother to see the softer side of his beloved teacher, Reuben St. Clair, a scarred Vietnam veteran who seems to come alive only when he’s in front of his class.


Anyone who has ever despaired of one person’s ability to effect change will rejoice in Trevor’s courage and his determination to see the good in everyone.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Powerful…with believable dialogue and shadings that make the characters seem more lifelike than they have any right to be.” 

    Chicago Tribune

  • “This novel has a steely core of gritty reality beneath its optimism: yes, one person can make a difference, can help to make the world a better place, but sickness, pain, heartache, and tragedy will still always be a part of the human condition.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “[Hyde’s] book is…an uplifting, tear-jerking, and inspiring modern fable, with an extremely appealing young protagonist.” 

    Library Journal

  • “A quiet, steady masterpiece, with an incandescent ending.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joanne | 2/19/2014

    " I read this one in one sitting. It was not at all what I thought it would be, and I enjoyed the interactions between the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bob | 2/14/2014

    " I enjoyed this book because I enjoyed the message. I saw it after the movie and this is one of the first times where I can say I liked both equally. The book's characters were not entirely realistic or believable, but the story was as cute and touching as the movie. Now, if only the author knew anything about a complete sentence, perhaps the book may have been fantastic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lea | 2/14/2014

    " This book was not at all what I expected. I guess I thought it would be sweet and sappy- all about nice people doing nice things. But instead, it is gritty and raw. It is full of real life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kaethe | 2/12/2014

    " While I like the idea of a social studies assignment to do something good, the whole story is just a little too smug for my taste. "

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