Pay It Forward

 
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Pay It Forward
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February 03, 2000
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The story of how a boy who believed in the goodness of human nature set out to change the world.

Pay It Forward is a wondrous and moving novel about Trevor McKinney, a twelve-year-old boy in a small California town who accepts the challenge that his teacher gives his class, a chance to earn extra credit by coming up with a plan to change the world for the better -- and to put that plan into action.

The idea that Trevor comes up with is so simple and so naïve that when others learn of it they are dismissive. Even Trevor himself begins to doubt when his "pay it forward" plan seems to founder on a combination of bad luck and the worst of human nature.

In the end, Pay It Forward is the story of seemingly ordinary people made extraordinary by the simple faith of a child. In the tradition of the successful and inspirational television show Touched by an Angel, and the phenomenally successful novel and film Forrest Gump, Pay It Forward is a work of charm, wit, and remarkable inspiration, a story of hope for today and for many tomorrows to come.

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A touching novel!
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Change the world for the better. This is the assignment Mr. St. Clair gives out every year to his students for extra credit. He doesn`t expect much and he hasn`t got much. That is, until he meets Trevor McKinney. Trevor has an idea and the determination to put it into to place.

Pay it forward. A simple concept, really, but it depends on the kindness of others. The idea is you have to help three people and instead of asking them to pay it back, ask them to pay it forward to three more people. Trevor`s first person is a former drug addict, Jerry. Using his paper route money he helps the man clean up for a job interview. The man gets the job but upon receiving his pay check falls back into drug abuse and ends up in jail.

His next idea is to help his elderly neighbour. He fixs her garden and she promises to pay it forward. Unfortunately she dies before she can.


And his last idea falls apart. It was a matchmaking plan that involved getting his teacher, Mr. St. Clair and his mother together. It all goes well until his father returns.

But things get better when Jerry gets out of jail and finds himself talking a woman out of suicide. Maybe the idea wasn`t as hopeless as he thought it was....

A classic tale of hope, this novel will challenge your ideas about what you can do to change the world. Pick up this book and be inspired.
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