Pay It Forward by Cahterine Ryan Hyde This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

     Pay It Forward is an amazing story. Catherine Ryan Hyde writes from multiple points of view in order to add humor and perspective to an already touching plot.

The tale revolves around Trevor, a 12-year-old from California, who accepts an extra-credit challenge from his social studies teacher. He is given a year to create and put into action a plan that will somehow change the world. Trevor comes up with an idea that he refers to as “paying it forward.” His project is based on selflessness and doing good for others, without expecting repayment.

The book chronicles the spreading and influence of Trevor’s idea, which initiates a a chain-reaction of human goodwill felt in every part of the world.

I was pleasantly surprised because not only is it funny and honest (to a fault), but it confirms that good can be found in every human being.

Pay It Forward is well written and eye-opening. Marian Edelman once said, “We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.” This story brings that concept to life in a simple and realistic way. I strongly recommend it.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Dec. 8, 2016 at 1:39 pm
You make this book sound so good.i like the way you tell us about what you think .
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Dec. 8, 2016 at 1:36 pm
i haven't read this book yet but im looking forward to reading it now it sounds so unique. great review
nathan_mobbin said...
Dec. 8, 2016 at 1:35 pm
this feels like this will be a good book. when u hooked me it made me want to read the book...!!!!
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Apr. 28, 2013 at 7:19 pm
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Apr. 28, 2013 at 7:19 pm
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Aug. 16, 2013 at 7:23 pm
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Jan. 26, 2015 at 11:38 am
It sounds good!
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