A Fine White Dust by Cynthia Rylant

Pete is thirteen the year the Preacher Man comes to town.  He attends church and finds that while he is filled with God’s love, this is not the beliefs of his family or friends.    His parents do not share nor encourage their son’s convictions.   His best friend Rufus, is a confirmed atheist, and Pete loves how things have to be so black and white for Rufus.  If Rufus can not see it, then it is not real.

When the Preacher Man comes to town, Pete is overwhelmed with the emotions he brings out in him.   Pete feels this is God’s call in his life and he will do whatever the Preacher Man asks.  Even leave everything he has ever known and loved…

I first read about this book on Maw Books blog.  I liked the sound of it, and the soft feel to the review of a young boys struggles with faith and with friends, as well as God’s calling.

I listened to this on audio and loved the drawl of narrator Keith Nobbs, who gave me a beautiful picture of what Pete would look like at thirteen, as well as his small town, and his best friend.  The audio is quick and a little over two hours long, which was perfect for my drive back to Brainerd this weekend from Duluth Minnesota.

Pete is a likable character.  I liked his open heart, his fear of Hell, and his convictions to learn and experience all he can through the church he attends.   The lesson in the book that Pete deals with is a true lesson in faith, and what direction it comes from.  While there is a part in the book that Pete looks closely at his friendship with Rufus, Pete eventually comes through this admirably and I breathed a sigh of relief.

A Fine White Dust is a Newbery Honor books from 1987 and written for young adults.  It is a small sweet read of a young man’s faith, and I enjoyed it very much.

My Amazon Rating

Book Journey has updated the 2010 Map to include A Fine White Dust

While in North Carolina, be sure to check out the Coffee House Mystery site… well shoot – you don’t even need to be in North Carolina for this awesome experience!

Cover Story:  Yes!  Love it, it is so fitting to the read.


I borrowed this audio from my local library

7 thoughts on “A Fine White Dust by Cynthia Rylant

  1. This does sound good. Is it really only 2 hours long? that’s a super short audio. I’ll have to look for it. I didn’t know Cynthia Rylant wrote YA. My sons were big fans of her beginning-reader series, Henry & Mudge (me, too!)

    Thanks for the review –


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