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Pay It Forward: Fifteenth-Anniversary Edition

 
 
Author
Catherine Ryan Hyde.
Publisher Simon & Schuster  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.95 inches
ISBN 9781476796383
Pages/Publication Date 311/2014
Daedalus Item Code 61853
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In her introduction to this anniversary edition of her wildly popular 2000 novel, Catherine Ryan Hyde describes the night in 1978 when she was inspired by the idea of "pay it forward" after two strangers rushed to put out her flaming car on a Los Angeles street, and then disappeared into the night without a word. Leading to the major motion picture of the same name and the Pay It Forward Foundation, the novel is the story of 12-year-old Trevor McKinney, who accepts his social studies teacher's challenge to come up with a plan to change the world: instead of paying back an act of kindness, pay it forward to three other people, and ask them to do the same.

"An ordinary boy engineers a secular miracle in Hyde's winning second novel, set in small-town 1990s California. Twelve-year-old Trevor McKinney, the son of Arlene, a single mom working two jobs, and Ricky, a deadbeat absentee dad, does not seem well-positioned to revolutionize the world. But when Trevor's social studies teacher, Reuben St. Clair, gives the class an extra-credit assignment, challenging his students to design a plan to change society, Trevor decides to start a goodwill chain. To begin, he helps out three people, telling each of them that instead of paying him back, they must 'pay it forward' by helping three others. At first, nothing seems to work out as planned, not even Trevor's attempt to bring Arlene and Reuben together. Granted, Trevor's mother and his teacher are an unlikely couple: she is a small, white, attractive, determined but insecure recovering alcoholic; he is an educated black man who lost half his face in Vietnam. But eventually romance does blossom, and unbeknownst to Trevor, his other attempts to help do 'pay forward,' yielding a chain reaction of newsworthy proportions. Reporter Chris Chandler is the first to chase down the story, and Hyde's narrative is punctuated with excerpts from histories Chandler publishes in later years (Those Who Knew Trevor Speak and The Other Faces Behind the Movement), as well as entries from Trevor's journal. Trevor's ultimate martyrdom, and the extraordinary worldwide success of his project, catapult the drama into the realm of myth, but Hyde's simple prose rarely turns preachy. Her Capraesque theme—that one person can make a difference—may be sentimental, but for once, that's a virtue."—Publishers Weekly

 
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