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Catherine Ryan Hyde - Author

About the Author

Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of several highly acclaimed novels including Pay it Forward, which was named an ALA Book of the Year and made into a major Warner Brothers feature film starring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt. In 2007 her novel Love in the Present Tense was selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club and became a Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller. She lives in Cambia, California.

Featured books by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Where We Belong

Where We Belong

Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2014

This is a remarkable, moving story about family and the many forms this can take, which will be loved by fans of Jodi Picoult and Susan Lewis. Fourteen-year-old Angie and her mum are on the brink of homelessness ...again. The problem is her little sister, Sophie. Sophie has a form of autism, and a tendency to shriek. Home never seems to last long. Until they move in with Aunt Vi, across the fence from a huge Great Dane. Sophie falls in love, and begins to imitate the dog's calm nature. The shrieking stops. Everyone relaxes. Until Paul, the dog's grumpy, socially isolated owner, moves away. Much to Angie's humiliation, her mum thinks they can follow Paul and his dog. Once reunited, despite a huge age gap, Angie and Paul form the closest friendship either has known. But Angie risks everything to help Paul's dream come true, even their friendship and her one chance at a real home - the only thing she's dreamed of since her father was killed. A place she won't be thrown out of. A place she can feel she belongs.

Other books by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Heaven Adjacent

Heaven Adjacent

Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/06/2018

The Hardest Part of Love

The Hardest Part of Love

Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2018

There's a split second between having it all, and losing everything. Hayden briefly has it all: a wife and daughter he adores and a baby on the way. But when his son dies at birth, a deep anger emerges, robbing Hayden of everything. Years on, Hayden is living in self-imposed exile. He's just lost his beloved dog and is now losing Laurel, the only woman he's loved since... But just as Hayden's rage rises again, a young figure from the past emerges, forcing him to re-visit his long-buried childhood...

The Wake Up

The Wake Up

Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2017

Allie and Bea

Allie and Bea

Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/05/2017

Leaving Blythe River A Novel

Leaving Blythe River A Novel

Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/05/2016

Worthy

Worthy

Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/06/2015

The Language of Hoofbeats

The Language of Hoofbeats

Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/12/2014

Where We Belong

Where We Belong

Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2014

This is a remarkable, moving story about family and the many forms this can take, which will be loved by fans of Jodi Picoult and Susan Lewis. Fourteen-year-old Angie and her mum are on the brink of homelessness ...again. The problem is her little sister, Sophie. Sophie has a form of autism, and a tendency to shriek. Home never seems to last long. Until they move in with Aunt Vi, across the fence from a huge Great Dane. Sophie falls in love, and begins to imitate the dog's calm nature. The shrieking stops. Everyone relaxes. Until Paul, the dog's grumpy, socially isolated owner, moves away. Much to Angie's humiliation, her mum thinks they can follow Paul and his dog. Once reunited, despite a huge age gap, Angie and Paul form the closest friendship either has known. But Angie risks everything to help Paul's dream come true, even their friendship and her one chance at a real home - the only thing she's dreamed of since her father was killed. A place she won't be thrown out of. A place she can feel she belongs.

Secret Memoirs of Princess Lamballe

Secret Memoirs of Princess Lamballe

Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde, Oliver H G Leigh Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/10/2013

Walk Me Home

Walk Me Home

Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/07/2013

Carly and her little sister Jen are walking. Something terrible has happened. Something that has left Carly in charge, her faith in humanity shattered. She knows they need help. But she is terrified of her sister being taken away from her. All they have is each other. Carly wants them to find their way back to the last person she knew she could trust - their stepfather. But Jen holds a secret about him which, if she's telling the truth, will put them both at far more risk than they could imagine. And so begins a journey, across hundreds of miles, which neither girl could have anticipated. It isn't an easy one, and is often dangerous. But along the way they are also confronted with the unexpected kindness of strangers. And ultimately, should they choose to accept it, some new relationships that hold the potential to change everything...

Pay it Forward

Pay it Forward

Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde Format: eBook Release Date: 03/01/2012

Pay It Forward is a wondrous and moving story 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 plan that Trevor comes up with is so simple -- and so nave -- that when others learn of it they are dismissive. Even Trevor himself begins to doubt when his "e;pay it forward"e; 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 "e;pay it forward"e; 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. But will it work?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.

Jumpstart The World

Jumpstart The World

Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/11/2011

Becoming Chloe

Becoming Chloe

Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/11/2008

Electric God

Electric God

Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2008

Hayden Reese once believed he could have it all, and once, he almost did: a wife, a daughter he adored, a child on the way. But little by little, a chain of heartaches stripped him of all he loved, and a flash of violence changed his destiny. Now at middle age, newly sprung from jail in a remote California town, Hayden is utterly alone. His girlfriend has left, and he just buried his beloved dog. It seems God may never be done with Hayden Reese. And that's the "e;good"e; news. Catherine Ryan Hyde's stirring retelling of the Book of Job illuminates one man's fall from grace, his powerful confrontation with the past, and his poignant return to hope and forgiveness.

Chasing Windmills

Chasing Windmills

Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde Format: eBook Release Date: 18/03/2008

Sebastian, a lonely seventeen-year-old, is suffocating under his dominant fathers control. In the ten years since his mother passed away, his father has kept him safe by barely allowing him out of their apartment. Sebastians secret late-night subway rides are rare acts of rebellion. Maria, a young mother of two, is trying to keep peace at home despite her boyfriends abuse. When she loses her job, she avoids telling him by riding the subways during her usual late-night shift. She knows she needs to live in the truth. But she still hasnt been able to bring herself to do it. And soon he will expect her paycheck to arrive. When Sebastian and Maria wind up on the same train, these two strangers find a connection that neither can explain or ignore. Together they dream of a new future, agreeing to run away. But Maria doesnt know Sebastian is only seventeen. And Sebastian doesnt know Maria has children until the moment they leave. Ultimately, Maria brings one child, her daughter. But can she really leave her little boy behind? In this tremendously moving novel, Catherine Ryan Hyde shows us how two people trapped by lifes circumstances can break free and find a place in the world where love is genuine and selfless.From the Compact Disc edition.

Love in the Present Tense

Love in the Present Tense

Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde Format: eBook Release Date: 15/01/2008

For five years Pearl has managed to keep the past from catching up to her and her bright, frail five-year-old son. Life has given her every reason to mistrust people, but circumstances force her to trust her neighbor Mitch with watching Leonard while she goes off to work. Then one day Pearl drops her son offand never returns.They are an unlikely pair: Mitch is a young, unattached business owner, and Leonard is a precocious, five-year-old boy. But together they must find a way to move forward in the wake of Pearls unexplained disappearance. Their bond as parent and child shifts and endures, even as Mitch must eventually surrender Leonard to a two-parent home.Is it possible to love the people who cant always be there for us? The answers will surprise and move you. As their lives unfold, profound questions emerge about the nature of love and family. Ultimately, this novels richest reward is watching Mitch and Leonard grow up together, through the power and the magic of the human heart.

Pay it Forward

Pay it Forward

Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2007

It all started with the social studies teacher's extra-credit project: Think of an idea for world change, and put it into action. Whilst this proved a little ambitious for most of his classmates, twelve-year-old Trevor thought he would start by doing something good for three people. But instead of paying him back, he would ask them to pay it forward by doing a favour for three more people. If it all went to plan, Trevor thought, it would be the start of a long chain of human kindness . . . Sound unlikely to you? Well a lot of other people had their doubts too - Trevor's teacher, his classmates, his mother, in fact everyone in his small California town. It could never really work. . . could it?

Love In The Present Tense

Love In The Present Tense

Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/02/2007

Mitch is a 25-year-old with commitment issues. Leonard is a five-year-old kid with asthma and vision problems, who captivates everyone he meets. Pearl is Leonard's teenage mother, who's trying to hide a violent secret from her past. Life has given Pearl every reason to mistrust people, but circumstances force her to trust her neighbour, Mitch. Then one day, with a heart full of agony, Pearl drops Leonard off with Mitch and never returns. Pearl, Leonard and Mitch each have a story to tell and as their lives unfold, profound questions arise about the nature of love and family. How do you go on loving someone who isn't there? With Leonard's absolute conviction in 'forever love' always present, Leonard and Mitch grow up side by side and piece together the layered truths and fictions of their almost magical lives. The answers are heartbreaking, but ultimately triumphant.

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