[bksvol-discuss] Wish List

  • From: "Jim" <jim@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Bksvol-Discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2006 23:20:56 -0700

Hi list,
Just uploaded Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde. The Book is on the wish 
list. Good scan, spell checked, page numbers, Should be an easy validation.


The Miracle of Innocence. The story of how a boy who believed in the goodness 
of human nature set out to change the world.

It 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 naive 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.

What is his idea? Trevor chooses three people for whom he will do a favor, and 
then when those people thank him and ask how they might pay him back, he will 
tell them that instead of paying him back, they should each "pay it forward" by 
choosing three people for whom they can do favors, and in turn telling those 
people to pay it forward. It's nothing less than a human chain letter of 
kindness and good will.

Does his plan work? No. And yes—it works wonderfully, but only after it has 
seemed to Trevor that maybe all his efforts have been for naught. The first 
person he chooses to help—a homeless man to whom he gives his paper-route money 
so he can make himself presentable enough to find a job—disappoints him by 
returning to a life of dissolution and eventually ending up in jail. The second 
is a lady on his paper route, old and alone and infirm, and with a garden that 
needs tending. No sooner has Trevor begun to help her, however, than she goes 
and dies on him. The third person Trevor hopes to help is his teacher, Reuben 
St. Clair, a scarred, bitter, untrusting man who seems to come truly alive only 
when in front of his class. tevor's goal is to match him with his mother, 
Arlene, a pretty, hardworking woman who has raised Trevor more or less alone, 
but who Trevor feels has a lot to offer the right man. It proves not to be a 
match made in heaven, though, and Trevor's dismay only deepens as he watches 
these two people come so close to achieving the connection he wants for them, 
only to turn away at the last moment.

Failure seems inevitable, and Trevor is resigned. What he doesn't realize, 
however, is that there really is a good side to human nature, and that the tiny 
seed of kindness and caring he planted has taken root. In neighborhoods in 
other California towns, and as far away as Los Angeles, there are others 
following the rules of "paying it forward." Soon fame comes knocking, bringing 
with it excitement and an unforeseen tragedy.

Jim B


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