Catherine Ryan Hyde Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of more than 25 published and forthcoming books, including the bestselling When I found You, Pay It Forward, Don't Let Me Go, and Take Me With You.


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Pay It Forward: Young Readers' Edition

The Pay It Forward: Young Readers' Edition is pretty exciting, I think! In August of 2014, Simon & Schuster released Pay It Forward: Young Readers' Edition. It's the same book as the original, but edited down (by me) to a G rating. And it's suitable for kids as young as eight!

Here's the publisher's info: 

The internationally bestselling book that inspired the Pay It Forward movement is now available in a middle grade edition.

Pay It Forward is a moving, uplifting novel about Trevor McKinney, a twelve-year-old boy in a small California town who accepts his teacher’s challenge to earn extra credit by coming up with a plan to change the world.

Trevor’s idea is simple: do a good deed for three people, and instead of asking them to return the favor, ask them to “pay it forward” to three others who need help. He envisions a vast movement of kindness and goodwill spreading across the world, and in this “quiet, steady masterpiece with an incandescent ending” (Kirkus Reviews), Trevor’s actions change his community forever.

This middle grade edition of Pay It Forward is extensively revised, making it an appropriate and invaluable complement to lesson plans and an ideal pick for book clubs, classroom use, and summer reading.

Includes an author's note and curriculum guide. 

Here is the curriculum guide.

Here's me, saying more about the reason for the book and the making of it:

Here's a nice early review from School Library Journal: 

"The characters are believable and likable and children are taken along on their journey as willing participants. An ambiguous ending allows kids to make their own decisions about Trevor and his future. A thoroughly convincing narrative that will have children questioning the label of fiction. Well worth adding to a library collection." –Elizabeth Speer, Cisco College, TX