Pay It Forward

Pay It Forward

Young Readers Edition

Book - 2014
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"Trevor McKinney, a twelve-year-old boy in a small California town, accepts his teacher's challenge to earn extra credit by coming up with a plan to change the world. His 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2014]
Edition: First Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers paperback edition
ISBN: 9781481409414
Branch Call Number: J HYDE
Characteristics: xii, 261 pages ; 20 cm


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ArapahoeLauren Oct 10, 2017

This story reflects giving and receiving kindness, all based on a young boy's challenge to his class at school. His life, and many others in the community, changes forever. You won't forget this heart-wrenching book.

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Sep 19, 2019

I love how trevor’p did his project and Ruben and Arlene’s romance 😍

Nov 24, 2018

This book needs to be given two very different reviews: One as an inspirational document, a parable about what a very ordinary person can do to change the world. I buy into that idea (if I didn't, it would make no sense for me to be spending most of my days attempting, in my own small way to emulate it). So, on that level, the book succeeds and it must be rated very highly, probably a full 5 stars.
But in terms of literary merit, as a reader who cares about good writing, I have to assign the book a very different rating because it is deeply flawed. The constant, abrupt changes in voice, with no explanation, make it hard going. There are far too many distractions. There are at least half a dozen different characters who take up telling parts of the story and Ms. Hyde even goes so far as to switch a single character's part of the narrative from 1st person to 3rd person in successive paragraphs, for no discernible reason. There are too many unimportant characters introduced, contributing nothing to the narrative or character development (e.g Sally, Loretta, etc.). They just take up space and get in the way. Ms. Hyde's writing style is uneven, at times flat and dull, even though she shows at times an ability to compose reasonably good prose. Some reviewers have complained about the whole romance angle between Arlene and Reuben as a distraction; I think it's forgivable, providing a counterpoint to the sleazy Ricky, but it has little to do with the main purpose of the book. The writing merits 3 stars at best.
So, overall I was somewhat disappointed: A wonderful idea but not very well executed.

Dec 06, 2016

It is a good book but the only thing that I did not like was the ending. It is a bit of a clif-hanger ending, so if you're a person who need a good ending look some where else.

Sep 22, 2014

Good book that makes you think


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Dec 06, 2016

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