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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: January 2009 ISBN: 9780743572538
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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? Download and start listening now!

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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 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 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 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 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 jmjester | 2/8/2014

    " I love the way Rylant writes, and this book didn't disappoint. She conveys so much in just over 100 pages. The narrator's friendship with Rufus is central to his ability to respond to betrayal. I'd be happy to claim either as my friend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 2/6/2014

    " friendship, the lure of fundamentalist religion "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 1/25/2014

    " This kid really needed to use The Gift. Read the Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 JoAnn | 1/17/2014

    " I was disappointed. I did not like the anti-religious theme. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hiedi | 1/16/2014

    " A fast read cause it's short. Written from the perspective of a preteen boy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 1/15/2014

    " I constantly shop at goodwill and used-book stores for books for my son, who is currently 6.5, so sometimes I go ahead and buy books that look good for later and then pre-read them. I like Cynthia Rylant, who is eye-poppingly prolific and this is a good story. A boy who is ripe for idolizing someone falls for an itinerant preacher who wanders into his small town. Ultimately, the preacher lets him down and he realizes that his family and friends mean more to him than some stranger no matter how charismatic that stranger is. I'm not sure this would be a high-priority read for my son, given how many books there are out there, but it was pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 1/11/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 12/29/2013

    " Rylant is just amazing. She's got a lot to say about some intense themes, but she doesn't hit you over the head with it all. Nicely developed characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zoe | 12/24/2013

    " A strange tale of religious revival that I think might also be a tale about being gay, but it's ambiguous. I liked it better than "Godless." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matthew | 12/21/2013

    " A good book, just not at all what I expected. As much prose and beauty was put in the first half, was lsot in the second. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/24/2013

    " Although I read this in less than a day, I really did not enjoy this book at all... I was not impressed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Estephanie | 11/18/2013

    " ayoung boy who believed everything that a preacher said to him. He was about to leave everything behind,family and friends just to go with a man that barely came into his life. He had everyhing but was about to leave it all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 11/16/2013

    " Intriguing, follows one young man's journey of spirituality and how far he is willing to go and what he is willing to sacrifice, which almost develops into a cult like status. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matthew | 11/15/2013

    " A good book, just not at all what I expected. As much prose and beauty was put in the first half, was lsot in the second. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 11/13/2013

    " Rylant's writing is wonderful...sparse and moving, but the subject matter in this book was not for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amerydbaker | 11/4/2013

    " 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 a | 11/2/2013

    " Read it in one sitting. Quite an emotional read for me, and I will hold off handing this one to my 9 yo daughter for a couple of years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 jmjester | 9/7/2013

    " I love the way Rylant writes, and this book didn't disappoint. She conveys so much in just over 100 pages. The narrator's friendship with Rufus is central to his ability to respond to betrayal. I'd be happy to claim either as my friend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 8/28/2013

    " friendship, the lure of fundamentalist religion "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 4/25/2013

    " Rylant is just amazing. She's got a lot to say about some intense themes, but she doesn't hit you over the head with it all. Nicely developed characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 a | 11/22/2012

    " Read it in one sitting. Quite an emotional read for me, and I will hold off handing this one to my 9 yo daughter for a couple of years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacklyn | 9/16/2012

    " It was a great book. I wasn't completely satisfied (hints the four stars) but it was a rather good book! I will read it again, in the mean while, read other books by Cynthia Rylant, she's an amazing writer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Estephanie | 9/8/2012

    " ayoung boy who believed everything that a preacher said to him. He was about to leave everything behind,family and friends just to go with a man that barely came into his life. He had everyhing but was about to leave it all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hiedi | 7/4/2012

    " A fast read cause it's short. Written from the perspective of a preteen boy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 6/20/2012

    " Intriguing, follows one young man's journey of spirituality and how far he is willing to go and what he is willing to sacrifice, which almost develops into a cult like status. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacklyn | 6/2/2012

    " It was a great book. I wasn't completely satisfied (hints the four stars) but it was a rather good book! I will read it again, in the mean while, read other books by Cynthia Rylant, she's an amazing writer! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 4/22/2012

    " This kid really needed to use The Gift. Read the Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 JoAnn | 3/12/2012

    " I was disappointed. I did not like the anti-religious theme. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/15/2011

    " Although I read this in less than a day, I really did not enjoy this book at all... I was not impressed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Junho | 6/29/2011

    " Kind of Boring... In my opinion, this boy is obsessing about what God wants him to do. He is so blinded by this perspective that he can't see that he should do what he wants to do but listen to God other times too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 7/22/2010

    " Intriguing, follows one young man's journey of spirituality and how far he is willing to go and what he is willing to sacrifice, which almost develops into a cult like status. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zoe | 4/24/2010

    " A strange tale of religious revival that I think might also be a tale about being gay, but it's ambiguous. I liked it better than "Godless." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/14/2009

    " Powerful look at the effect of a wandering charismatic preacher on an impressionable boy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacklyn | 4/4/2009

    " It was a great book. I wasn't completely satisfied (hints the four stars) but it was a rather good book! I will read it again, in the mean while, read other books by Cynthia Rylant, she's an amazing writer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Estephanie | 3/30/2009

    " ayoung boy who believed everything that a preacher said to him. He was about to leave everything behind,family and friends just to go with a man that barely came into his life. He had everyhing but was about to leave it all. "

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About the Author
Author Cynthia Rylant

Cynthia Rylant is the author of more than one hundred books for young people, including the beloved Henry and Mudge series. Her novel Missing May received the Newbery Medal in 1993 and A Fine White Dust won a Newbery Honor; she is also the author of two Caldecott Honor–wining picture books. Some of her other notable works include the Annie and Snowball series, the Poppleton series, the novel The Islander, and a number of other poetry books and story collections. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

About the Narrator

Keith Nobbs is a stage, television, and film actor who is best known for his portrayal of Joey Ice Cream in the television series The Black Donnellys. He has acted on Broadway with the Roundabout Theatre Company and appeared in such television shows as The Sopranos, Law & Order, and New York Undercover.