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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

Pay it Forward

Pay it Forward

Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/12/2018

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?

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

Wake Up

Wake Up

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

From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde comes a hauntingly emotional novel of how one mans life changes forever when he rediscovers his ability to feel the pain of others.Something has been asleep in forty-year-old cattle rancher Aiden Delacorte for a long time. It all comes back in a rush during a hunting trip, when hes suddenly attuned to the animals around him, feeling their pain and fear as if it were his own. But the newfound sensitivity of Aidens wake up has its price. He can no longer sleepwalk through life, holding everyone at arms length. As he struggles to cope with a trait hes buried since childhood, Aiden falls in love with Gwen, a single mother whose young son bears a burden of his own.Sullen and broken from his experiences with an abusive father, Milo has turned to acting out in violent and rebellious ways. Aiden can feel the boys pain, as well as that of his victims. Now he and Milo must sift through their pasts to find empathy with the innocent as well as the guilty, to come to terms with their deepest fears, and to finally discover the compassionate heart of a family.

Allie and Bea

Allie and Bea

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

Allie and Bea

Allie and Bea

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

An Amazon Charts bestseller.Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her caton a mission to reclaim whats rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.When fifteen-year-old Allies parents are jailed for tax fraud, shes sent to a group home. But when her life is threatened by another resident, she knows she has to get out. She escapes only to find she has nowhere to gountil fate throws Allie in Beas path.Reluctant to trust each other, much less become friends, the two warily make their way up the Pacific Coast. Yet as their hearts open to friendship and love from the strangers they meet on their journey, they find the courage to forge their own unique familyand begin to see an imperfect world with new eyes.

Say Goodbye for Now

Say Goodbye for Now

Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde Format: eBook Release Date: 13/12/2016

Catherine Ryan Hyde delivers once again with this feel-good story guaranteed to be a hit RedbookOn an isolated Texas ranch, Dr. Lucy cares for abandoned animals. The solitude allows her to avoid the people and places that remind her of the past. Not that any of the townsfolk care. In 1959, no one is interested in a woman doctor. Nor are they welcoming Calvin and Justin Bell, a newly arrived African American father and son.When Pete Solomon, a neglected twelve-year-old boy, and Justin bring a wounded wolf-dog hybrid to Dr. Lucy, the outcasts soon find refuge in one another. Lucy never thought shed make connections again, never mind fall in love. Pete never imagined hed find friends as loyal as Justin and the dog. But these four people arent allowed to be friends, much less a family, when the whole town turns violently against them.With heavy hearts, Dr. Lucy and Pete say goodbye to Calvin and Justin. But through the years they keep hope alivewaiting for the world to catch up with them.

Leaving Blythe River A Novel

Leaving Blythe River A Novel

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

Leaving Blythe River

Leaving Blythe River

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

New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde returns with an unforgettable story of courage.Seventeen-year-old Ethan Underwood is totally unprepared to search for his father in the Blythe River National Wilderness. Not only is he small, scrawny, and skittish but hes barely speaking to the man after a traumatic betrayal. Yet when his father vanishes from their remote cabin and rangers abandon the rescue mission, suddenly its up to Ethan to keep looking. Angry or not, hes his fathers only hope.With the help of three localsa fearless seventy-year-old widow, a pack guide, and a former actor with limited outdoor skillshe heads into the wild. The days that follow transform Ethans world. Hail, punishing sun, swollen rapids, and exhausting pain leave him wondering if hes been fooled yet again: Is his father out here at all? As the situation grows increasingly dire, Ethan realizes this quest has become about more than finding his dad.From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes a story of nature revealing human naturethe trickiest terrain. Navigating an unforgiving landscape, Ethan searches himself for the ability to forgive his fatherif he finds him alive.

Ask Him Why

Ask Him Why

Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde Format: eBook Release Date: 15/12/2015

From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes the stunning and emotional story of a young soldiers unthinkable actand the bonds of a sister and brothers love.Ruth and her little brother, Aubrey, are just teenagers when their older brother ships off to Iraq. When Joseph returns, uninjured, only three and a half months later, Ruth is happy he is safe but also deeply worried. How can it be that her courageous big brother has been dishonorably discharged for refusing to go out on duty? Aubrey cant believe that his hero doesnt have very good reasons.Yet as the horrifying details of the incident emerge, Joseph disappears. In their attempts to find him, Ruth and Aubrey discover he has a past far darker than either of them could imagine. But even as they learn more about their brother, important questions remain unansweredwhy did he betray his unit, his country, and now his family? Josephs refusal to speak ignites a fire in young Aubrey that results in a disastrous, and public, act of rebellion.The impact of Josephs fateful decision one night in Baghdad will echo for years to come, with his siblings caught between their love for him and the medias engulfing frenzy of judgment. Will their family ever make their way back to each other and find a way to forgive?

Worthy

Worthy

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

Worthy

Worthy

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

They mightve been a family.Virginia finally had the chance to explore a relationship with Aaron when he asked her on a date. She had been waiting, hoping that the widower and his young son, Buddy, would welcome her into their lives. But a terrible tragedy strikes on the night of their first kiss, crushing their hopes for a future together.Nineteen years later, Virginia is engaged, though she has not forgotten Aaron or Buddy. When her dog goes missing and it comes to light that her fianc set him loose, a distraught Virginia breaks off the engagement and is alone once again. A shy young man has found the missing pet, and although hes bonded with the animal, he answers his conscience and returns the dog. Before long, Virginia and the young man discover a connection from their pasts that will help them let go of painful memories and change their lives forever.

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 / softback 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.

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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