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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'snote and curriculum guide.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published on August 19, 2014 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
ISBN-10: 1481409417
ISBN-13: 9781481409414
16 Book Reviews
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  • thegoatdarnell
    thegoatdarnellFriday, December 2, 2016 at 5:41 am
    The book was exceptional through the end.The book was full emotions.The book was terrible at the end for the fact it never says what happened to Trevor.
    • Colin AdamsFriday, December 2, 2016 at 5:41 am
      Overall I generally like this book. It's not perfect, no book is, but it's still enjoyable for any demographic. The writing and the characters are well executed and are rich in character. They all have distinct traits and develop throughout the story. It's truly a great book despite it's pacing problems. I'd recommend it to anyone.
      • brayden2003
        brayden2003Friday, December 2, 2016 at 5:38 am44 stars
        This book is very good but a strong cliffhanger. I would recommend this book to all young readers.
        • georgieheidi
          georgieheidiTuesday, November 17, 2015 at 10:41 am44 stars
          Great book, sad ending, but hard to put down
          • AWESOME book!Monday, November 16, 2015 at 10:23 pm
            It is a great book that makes you have a lot of emotions and i recommenced it to a person that is looking for a good book. I hope Catherine Ryan Hyde makes a second one because the end leaves you hanging. That was only one thing I hated about this book. Catherine Ryan Hyde, if your reading thins, please make a second one!
            • dme3002
              dme3002Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 6:45 pm55 starsFeatured
              MY FAVORITE BOOK EVER!!!! So sweet, sad, and touching. This book taught me a good lesson, and I appreciate that. Thank you Catherine Ryan Hyde for this amazing story. Makes you cry, and hold the book for dear life. This book has a special place in my heart.