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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (276 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cynthia Rylant Narrator: Keith Nobbs Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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How much do you have to give up to find yourself?

When Pete first sets eyes on the Man, he’s convinced he’s an ax murderer. But at the revival meeting, Pete discovers that the Man is actually a savior of souls, and Pete has been waiting all his life to be saved.

It’s not something Pete’s parents can understand. Certainly his best friend, Rufus, an avowed atheist, doesn’t understand. But Pete knows he can’t imagine life without the Man. So when the Man invites Pete to join him on his mission, how can Pete say no-even if it means leaving behind everything he’s ever loved?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Powerful.”

    New York Times Book Review 

  • “Poignant and perceptive.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Her characters are adults and teenagers who are neither good nor bad, but richly, heartbreakingly human.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Few books have explored young people's fascination with God and their soul. Rylant's subtle telling has a hymn-like quality, sung in a melodic, soulful way which reverberates within the reader's compassion.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Simply but beautifully written…a tale with enough suspense to hold readers till the end.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A Newbery Honor Book

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pj Armentrout | 2/18/2014

    " a fine white dust was a great book which is coming from a person who doesnt like to read books at all. at first i had the feeling that it was going to be a cheesy book but then i got farther into the book and the story opened up more and more. it was very religious. carried the aspects of who you should really love and stand by which is family, friends, and god! it opens your eyes and makes you realize whats important in life and what you should charish in life as well. they were distinctive in the way they presented the moral of the book. i learned to love and charish my family and friends and to always keep the faith and never let go. they demonstrated the religious factor great, giving it a southern church out look setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Debbie | 2/17/2014

    " For anyone who has ever attended a tent revival...this one will bring back the memories of it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laura | 2/14/2014

    " Ryland does a great job telling a compelling story in little over 100 pages. The subject of religion and revivals (and how our faith is sometimes affected by the people we meet) would certainly make for good discussion. I have to admit, though, that I was creeped out by the main character's obsession with the evangelical preacher. It was like he, at 13, was in love with Preacher Man. Somehow, fire and brimstone mixed with the hint of homosexuality hit a little too close to home here in the South for me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amerydbaker | 2/10/2014

    " Very simple short read but so powerful. Story of betrayal, faith, and maturing. Sometimes I think we are so caught up in the drama of something new and exciting, we get lost. This book deserves its Newberry! "

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