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The visit of the traveling Preacher Man to his small North Carolina town gives new impetus to thirteen-year-old Peter's struggle to reconcile his own deeply felt religious belief with the beliefs and non-beliefs of his family and friends.
"Poignant and perceptive."
— Booklist, starred review
"Simply but beautifully written...a tale with enough suspense to hold readers till the end."
— Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Posted April 27, 2002
Cynthia Rylant's compelling story, A Fine White Dust, is credible and realistic. Those foreign to the evangelical fervor of the South probably won't 'get' this book at all, which another reviewer (monkey2themax)illustrates perfectly. Pete clearly wants to follow the Preacher Man. How many teenagers haven't wanted to follow a charismatic (religious or not) person at some point? The story illustrates several key points that are of value to children and adults alike:1. Things and people aren't always what they seem; 2. Even Preachers are human and make mistakes; 3.Passing judgment doesn't help anyone; 4. People have to pick up the pieces and move on after a crisis period is over. Rylant doesn't offer a happy ending in the traditional sense, but neither does the real world in most cases. How the other reviewer (monkey2themax) could claim to be 'embarrassed' for reading this book escapes me.
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Posted October 12, 2000
A Fine White Dust is a well-written book, but I think that the author should have further developed Pete, the main character. Pete is a thirteen-year old boy that wants to be a minister, but his parents aren't religious. I liked the way that this book is so descriptive, believable, and convincing. Since Pete lives in a religious town there are a lot of troubles he will face. The pace of the book starts out slow and goes too fast at the end. If you want to read a good old fashioned book, read A Fine White Dust.
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Posted October 26, 2012
A fine white dust : I would recommend to my friends because it is about responsibility. I would Like to read more books by Cynthia Rylant because i think she is a great author. My purpose for writing about this book is because i think its a great book.Pete was asked by the preacher man if he wanted to leave town with him. But the preacher man left with a girl named Darlene. He was crushed by the fact that the preacher did not take him he was already packed and ready to go. He had already wrote a note to his mom and pa. I really like this book and i recommend this to everyone. This book I think is actually worth reading because I read it and i really don’t read that much but this book actually caught my eyeWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 1, 2010
A Fine White Dust by Cynthia Rylant, an excellent book, is about Peter Cassidy and his struggle with his religion and a mysterious man, and is set in a small South Carolina town.
Thirteen year old Peter "Pete" Cassidy has always been very religious. However his parents almost never go to church and his best friend, Rufus, is an atheist. As time progresses Pete starts to see himself as a sinner. Everything changes when Pete goes to a revival meeting and meets a preacher who saves him from Hell and changes his life. Pete begins to trust the "Preacher Man" and tells him about himself and his life. The Preacher Man, who is a revival preacher who travels from town to town giving sermons, sees prospect in Pete to become a preacher. He invites Pete to join him in preaching in revival meetings across the country. Pete accepts the offer and the story ends with an unhappy ending.
I think that Cynthia Rylant wrote this book in the steps of her other book-well written and emotional. A Fine White Dust can be a little difficult to understand and the plot is a little intense. I would recommend this book to people of the age of 13-15.
I really enjoyed this book. The plot moved along quickly but not too quickly. I liked this because it keeps the reader from feeling bored. However it didn't move along too quickly that the reader got lost. Also, I liked that the characters were very life like and felt real human emotions that the reader could relate to. Even though the ending was sad and somewhat dissatisfying it helped Pete grow up and mature.