Catherine Ryan Hyde Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Funerals for Horses (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pay It Forward (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Electric God aka The Hardest Part of Love (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Walter's Purple Heart (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Becoming Chloe (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Love in the Present Tense (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year of My Miraculous Reappearance (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chasing Windmills (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Day I Killed James (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Diary of a Witness (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When I Found You (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Second Hand Heart (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jumpstart the World (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Don't Let Me Go (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When You Were Older (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Walk Me Home (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Where We Belong (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Take Me With You (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Language of Hoofbeats (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Worthy (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ask Him Why (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Leaving Blythe River (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Say Goodbye for Now (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

Earthquake Weather (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Always Chloe (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Subway Dancer (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Picture Books

Paw It Forward (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non Fiction Books

How To Be A Writer In The E-Age... (with Anne R Allen) (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long, Steep Path (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
365 Days of Gratitude (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Catherine Ryan Hyde is an American author born in 1955. Hyde has found success both as a novelist and short story writer in the U.S and the U.K, winning numerous honors and awards in the process.


Catherine Ryan Hyde spent her earliest days in Buffalo, New York. Born in a family of writers, she also spent some time in New York City, and the city’s influences can be seen in many of her stories.

Hyde’s journey into the literary arena can be imputed to the efforts of Lenny Horowitz, her favorite teacher who died of liver cancer. Graduating at age 17 from high school, Hyde experimented with a number of jobs, this including dog trainer and tour guide at Hearst Castle before eventually deciding to inject all her efforts into becoming a full-time writer.

This was in the early 1980s.

As an aspiring author, Catherine Ryan Hyde racked up an impressive 122 rejections before getting her big break. For Hyde, initial success came from her short stories.

This was before she finally wrote and published Funeral for Horses’. While Funeral for Horses was her first published novel, the first novel she ever wrote was Walter’s Purple Heart’.

It wasn’t until she wrote Pay it Forward’ that Hyde experienced the success she had been craving in 1999, the book quickly becoming a bestseller. The concept of the book came to Catherine when two total strangers offered her assistance after her car caught fire in a bad neighborhood.

People that have not read Catherine Ryan Hyde’s work might know her from The Bet’, an annual wager that authors make on the Kentucky derby, with the winners picking a creative title for the losers to write a story around.

When Hyde isn’t writing, she pursues her photography, an activity she is very passionate about. Hyde normally takes pictures of the wildlife in and around Cambria. She has also posted pictures taken during her many travels.

A number of her photographs, including those of curious cloud formations, sunsets and wildflowers are included in a special book of photographs called 365 Days of Gratitude’.

Catherine Ryan Hyde’s mark on the literary doesn’t merely manifest in the books she writes. The author also teaches workshops. The founder of the Pay it Forward Foundation, some of Hyde’s activities outside the arts include public speaking.

Catherine Ryan Hyde’s work has a loyal following. Her books explore the ordinary lives of ordinary people and they tend to take an optimistic perspective. Many of the characters she writes start out down-on-their-luck, sometimes recovering from past tragedies and abuses.

Since the success of Pay it Forward, Hyde has written numerous other novels, though that hasn’t prevented her from pursuing her love for short stories. She has also dabbled in the Young Adult Genre.

Catherine has been described as a very interview-accessible author, always willing to make appearances on different mediums to discuss her books and explore topics about writing and publishing.

The novelist’s first successful novel, Pay it Forward, was adapted into a movie in 2000 (Starring Kevin Costner and Helen Hunt).

+Pay It Forward

Trevor McKinney is a 12-year-old boy living in a small California town. Trevor’s teacher gives his class a unique challenge with which he could earn a little extra credit. He must come up with a plan for making the world better, and put that plan into action.

Trevor’s answer to the challenge is the Pay It Forward’ scheme, a plan so simple those that hear about it choose to dismiss it as naïve. The response elicits doubt in Trevor’s heart, especially when he encounters bad luck and the worst parts of human nature in his efforts to put the plan into action.

In this Catherine Ryan Hyde book, what you have is a story about a boy making ordinary people do the extraordinary because of the faith he displays.

Pay It Forward is a moving story. Most people who have read the novel will admit to being moved by its heartwarming nature. You can see the wheels spinning in Catherine Ryan Hyde’s head as you read this book, the manner in which she agonized over the story’s structure and the way the different dominos would fall into place to deliver the message at the heart of the book.

Admittedly, Pay It Forward falls into the sappy’ category of stories. No one could ever accuse the book of being unpredictable or particularly surprising. However, Hyde doesn’t need twists, turns, and surprises in order to deliver the gut punch of her story.

Pay It Forward works because of its perspective, the innocent and naïve little boy through whom readers view the world, coming to understand the ease with which a little kindness could transform life.

+When I Found You

Nathan McCann discovers a newborn baby in the woods. He thinks it’s dead, but then it starts to move, changing Nathan’s life in the process.

When the baby is sent to his grandmother, Nathan finds that he cannot forget about him. He eventually decides to pay her a visit. During the visit, his only request to the old lady is that she introduces Nathan to the boy as the man that found him in the woods when he is old enough.

Years later, certain that the old woman didn’t keep her promise, Nathan is shocked when a hungry, troubled boy shows up at his doorstep.

As with most of Catherine Ryan Hyde’s work, there is a clear message in this book; and that is the fact that taking care of a child requires complete and unwavering commitment, this regardless of all the times they infuriate and emotionally hurt you.

Nathan, the protagonist of Catherine Ryan Hyde’s book, is the embodiment of a surrogate parent that every adoption agency looks for, especially when they are finding homes for abused or neglected children. Watching the relationship between Nathan and young Nat grow is definitely the highlight of the novel as a whole.

Hyde shows a surprising amount of insight into the process that children who have experienced loss undergo. This story, about a young boy and his rescuer, is well written and easy to read, even in a distraction-heavy environment. The message it delivers, while hardly sublte, never feels overbearing, largely because of Hyde’s expert approach to writing.

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