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    Our souls in adolescence are so fragile that it could be easily crushed into fine white dust That crush could be caused by first love, a broken friendship, a parent who let you down, or simply believing in a great meaning that has no real existence in our world.I was watching Pete s infatuation with that fraud The Preacher and remembered all The Preachers who fooled me and a lot of my generation when we were young and naive I remembered how we kept furiously defending them from anyone who Our souls in adolescence are so fragile that it could be easily crushed into fine white dust That crush could be caused by first love, a broken friendship, a parent who let you down, or simply believing in a great meaning that has no real existence in our world.I was watching Pete s infatuation with that fraud The Preacher and remembered all The Preachers who fooled me and a lot of my generation when we were young and naive I remembered how we kept furiously defending them from anyone who would dare to doubt their intentions I remembered my shock when i gradually started to know their ugly truth I remembered how long did it take to recover from that shock.Cynthia Rylant my dear favourite writer has successfully and sweetly as usual showed us a concise yet thorough look into a week in a thirteen years old boy that left unforgetful mark on his life.Cynthia Rylant, i love you Your writing is a meditation for me


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    I went to the library today, and the book I wanted to pick up was already checked out I had two young children with me, so I didn t want to wander the stacks aimlessly looking for a book to read Instead I just headed down to the children s area It was story time I looked around the Newberry Award section halfheartedly and grabbed this one I ve been reading a lot of nonfiction lately, so I thought a good bit of juvenile lit would be good for me This one was especially appealing because it w I went to the library today, and the book I wanted to pick up was already checked out I had two young children with me, so I didn t want to wander the stacks aimlessly looking for a book to read Instead I just headed down to the children s area It was story time I looked around the Newberry Award section halfheartedly and grabbed this one I ve been reading a lot of nonfiction lately, so I thought a good bit of juvenile lit would be good for me This one was especially appealing because it was short 100 pages and it has a nice title When will I learn to completely disregard titles I guess it had interesting moments, and I thought it left a lot open to interpretation Some people probably think it s anti religion, but I don t think that is necessarily the case I just thought it was a little bit weird The preacher seemed creepy to me, and I was almost expecting him to be a pedophile I knew that could not be the case or it would be the most horrible book ever Read young boy becomes enad with a traveling preacher, runs away with him, and gets abused This is not the plot of this book, just what the plot might end up being if the preacher really was a pedophile See It just doesn t work out to be a good plot line Even so, the preacher man seemed creepy and a little too interested in a thirteen year old boy.Do I regret the 45 minutes I spent reading this book Not really, but I m still wondering why this book was a Newberry Honor winner


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    This is an extremely brief book that sort of expands in your head once you ve read it It s a deceptively simple story Pete, a thirteen year old boy who is discovering his Christianity, meets and itinerant revival preacher, who sweeps him off his feet with his religious fervor Pete decides to leave town secretly with the preacher, feeling called by God to carry out His work While making this decision, Pete is forced to deal with his less religious parents, as well as with his openly atheist b This is an extremely brief book that sort of expands in your head once you ve read it It s a deceptively simple story Pete, a thirteen year old boy who is discovering his Christianity, meets and itinerant revival preacher, who sweeps him off his feet with his religious fervor Pete decides to leave town secretly with the preacher, feeling called by God to carry out His work While making this decision, Pete is forced to deal with his less religious parents, as well as with his openly atheist best friend, Rufus.I thought the whole thing was carried out beautifully The preacher s irresponsible behavior is treated as the dangerous actions of one man, not as an indictment of Christianity, so this isn t by any means an anti religious book Instead, it s about humanity, and one boy s growing and changing faith I definitely think it deserved the Newbery Honor it received, although like many of the Newbery books, I think it s a fairly specific audience that is going to draw a lot from it the first time they read I think it s the kind of book that will stick in one s head, though, as it s stuck in mine


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    This review compares two short, religious themed middle grade novels from the 1980s The Glory Girl by Betsy Byars and A Fine White Dust by Cynthia Rylant.PlotThe Glory Girl is about a family of gospel singers, all of whom can carry a tune except for the main character, Anna Poor Anna has a terrible voice and no rhythm, so whenever her family performs, she is relegated to the back of the room where she is expected to sell as many tape recordings of her family s music as she can This arrangem This review compares two short, religious themed middle grade novels from the 1980s The Glory Girl by Betsy Byars and A Fine White Dust by Cynthia Rylant.PlotThe Glory Girl is about a family of gospel singers, all of whom can carry a tune except for the main character, Anna Poor Anna has a terrible voice and no rhythm, so whenever her family performs, she is relegated to the back of the room where she is expected to sell as many tape recordings of her family s music as she can This arrangement, along with her father s generally unpleasant attitude, leave Anna feeling left out and lonely much of the time This changes, however, when her Uncle Newt is suddenly paroled and sent home from prison Though he initially doesn t show up to meet his family upon his release, Uncle Newt lingers on the edges of their lives, occasionally interacting with Anna, who finds in him a kindred spirit who understands her feelings of isolation When her family is involved in a serious accident, Anna turns to Uncle Newt for help, hoping he might be able to rescue her family and also reclaim his own place in it.A Fine White Dust is about a thirteen year old boy with a strong sense of religious fervor Though his parents are not believers and his best friend is an atheist, Pete can t help but feel drawn to church, and to the Man, the preacher who comes to speak at the revival From the moment Pete comes forward to be saved, he feels an undying love for the Man, whom he credits with bringing him closer to Jesus As his love for the Man grows, Pete decides he will go with him on the road to bring God s word to others, only to find that perhaps the preacher is not as wonderful or as honest as Pete has imagined him to be.Each of these books has a compelling plot, and they both involve outsiders who are looking for an adult figure to help them feel a sense of belonging While Pete s relationship to the preacher seemslikely than Anna s kinship with the uncle she barely sees, I wascomfortable reading about Anna and Uncle Newt than I was with Pete and the preacher, who makes me uneasy, mostly because of how Pete almost equates him with God Both books are tightly plotted and very short, leaving little room for unnecessary events Of the two, though, The Glory Girl isoutwardly exciting, while A Fine White Dust isemotional and personal.CharacterizationBoth Byars and Rylant are excellent at writing well crafted and utterly credible characters I think I feltsympathy for Anna Glory, partly because she is a girl, but mostly because I could understand her longing to be a part of the family singing group I didn t feel the same sense of understanding with Pete, as the kind of Christian worship he participates in is very far removed from what Catholics do it reminded me of the film The Apostle and I can t really understand his desire to participate in it I did, however, believe fully in his desire to participate, and to be as close to the Man as possible because of the good feelings associated with his acceptance of Jesus at the revival I felt bad for both characters, but Rylant does a better job of making me feel what her character feels even when I have never felt that way myself.In terms of secondary characters, I think the strongest across both books is Pete s best friend, Rufus, who comes through for him time and again even when Pete hasn t been especially nice to him There aren t a lot of scenes with Rufus, but what is written gives a really good sense of his role in Pete s life and of the close nature of their friendship The accident prone twins in the Glory family were also really appealing and their dialogue was funny and sounded like real brothers who both insult and defend each other in the same breath But I also thought they were pretty similar to other boys in other Byars books Treatment of ReligionA Goodreads review of The Glory Girl suggests that Betsy Byars hates religious people I didn t get that sense at all Yes, the Glorys are religious, and their father seems to have a bit of a chip on his shoulder, but I didn t take that to mean he was zealous in a negative way or that the accident was a punishment or comeuppance from God meant to show the error of his ways Rather, the book is about two things the way disastrous events can change a family, and the way outside influences might help a misfit child realize there isto life than the group where she doesn t quite fit This book was much less about religion than it was about a family that happened to be religious.A Fine White Dust deals entirely with religion, but again, not in a negative way Even when the truth about the preacher comes to light which, by the way, is not as dire as my attempts to avoid spoilers make it sound , Pete is able to distinguish between the failure of a man and the failure of God Pete also becomeswilling to look with kindness and fairness upon those who don t share his faith after the events of this book I actually though the story would make a great jumping off point for discussing the ways people can manipulate belief in God to suit their own purposes, and for warning against false prophets.Quality of Writing The writing in both of these books is spare and concise, which I love, and I think this approach suited both stories really well I am biased toward Betsy Byars, as I love so much of what she writes, but this was not her best book, and Rylant really writes beautifully as well I especially like the way her story comes full circle, using the image of the fine white dust the remains of a cross Pete has broken in anger to show Pete s change of heart after his brief friendship with the preacher I could definitely see the distinctive qualities that would lead a Newbery committee to recognize this book.And the winner isIt s close, but in this match up, I think the winner is A Fine White Dust The writing is really strong, the rise and fall of the story really lovely, and Pete s emotions come across really strongly The Glory Girl is also really good, but I think A Fine White Dust hasdepth and will stick with me longer.This book battle review also appears on my blog, Read at Home Mom


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    A Fine White Dust follows our main character Pete who has devoted himself to God and to church since a very early age even though he doesn t necessarily come from a religious family One day his whole life insight change when a man he calls Preacher Man arrives in his town.The story is very brief and certainly never gets to the core Personally, I had no clue what the story would hold when I got to it but it seemed to me as it was mostly, very flat.The execution was supposed to contain some hi A Fine White Dust follows our main character Pete who has devoted himself to God and to church since a very early age even though he doesn t necessarily come from a religious family One day his whole life insight change when a man he calls Preacher Man arrives in his town.The story is very brief and certainly never gets to the core Personally, I had no clue what the story would hold when I got to it but it seemed to me as it was mostly, very flat.The execution was supposed to contain some higher moral about how to treat life but after stumbling upon the last couple pages, my reaction was a mere meh because honestly, not much can be said about it at all.I would have wished the family connection had been further explored and also the friendship aspect.Nevertheless, the writing is very beautiful and engaging, and I might pick something up by the author again


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    A bit predictable, but generally good.


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    This book served as a wonderful distraction during several of my recent exercise sessions on the treadmill and I needed the distraction, believe me I picked up this audiobook on a whim at the Green Valley Book Fair several years ago It is a well deserved Newbery Honor Book The protagonist in the book is an 11 year old boy named Pete who becomes totally enad with a traveling evangelist who comes through their town one summer The Man ends up inviting Pete to l This book served as a wonderful distraction during several of my recent exercise sessions on the treadmill and I needed the distraction, believe me I picked up this audiobook on a whim at the Green Valley Book Fair several years ago It is a well deserved Newbery Honor Book The protagonist in the book is an 11 year old boy named Pete who becomes totally enad with a traveling evangelist who comes through their town one summer The Man ends up inviting Pete to leave everything he knows and run away with him to continue the business of saving souls Will Pete go Should he go I ll let you read the book to find out the answer for yourselves My husband and I both love this young adult novel Being from the South, which is the setting of the book , we recognize the characters It makes us both feel as if we re on familiar, if not holy, ground However, I think the subject matter and some of what could be insinuated into the motivation for some of The Man s behavior might make the novelappropriate material for high school students as opposed to those in Junior High On another note, I do recommend listening to the audiobook version of this novel if you can find it Keith Nobbs does a wonderful job handling the narrative


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    I read this as part of my quest to read as many Newbery winners as possible Why this one won is a mystery to me I found it a very ordinary and unsatisfying manuscript An impressionable, very religious boy feels alienated from his unworshipping parents He attends church religiously, and when a new itinerant preacher comes to town, he is immediately attracted and plans to run away from home to travel around with this guy The guy is a charlatan and the boy realizes that closeness to God can be I read this as part of my quest to read as many Newbery winners as possible Why this one won is a mystery to me I found it a very ordinary and unsatisfying manuscript An impressionable, very religious boy feels alienated from his unworshipping parents He attends church religiously, and when a new itinerant preacher comes to town, he is immediately attracted and plans to run away from home to travel around with this guy The guy is a charlatan and the boy realizes that closeness to God can be obtained just in the warmth of his own home He doesn t even need a church Very predictable The author, an adult woman does a pretty good job of speaking in the voice of a pubescent boy I guess But how would I, an adult woman, know The religious nutbars will hate it, so that alone might be a good reason to read it


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    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 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


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This is an odd book I think I was expecting a mystery I don t know why but what I got was story about a boy who is religious and full of intense emotions He believes God is calling him to abandon it all and follow Preacher Man The preacher ends up not showing up when they had agreed to leave and Peter falls into a full on depression for a week His best friend, Rufus, helps bring him out of it and the author leaves the book pretty open ended For the first time in my reading history I WAN This is an odd book I think I was expecting a mystery I don t know why but what I got was story about a boy who is religious and full of intense emotions He believes God is calling him to abandon it all and follow Preacher Man The preacher ends up not showing up when they had agreed to leave and Peter falls into a full on depression for a week His best friend, Rufus, helps bring him out of it and the author leaves the book pretty open ended For the first time in my reading history I WANTED a homosexual relationship to blossom I feel like anything I have read about homosexuality which granted isn t much at all it is some kind of agenda or shoved in my face or kinda gross This book felt like Peter and Rufus could genuinely love each other and have a committed relationship if that was acceptable In any case, I was surprised by my own feelings toward the two boys and I don t even know if that was what the author intended because it is a children s book after all written probably on the cusp or right before GAY PRIDE was all over the place But I could be totally wrong and this is just an innocent story about a boy and his thought process in small town with no intention of any kind sexual or otherwise I loved Peter s parents and I loved how he ended up really finding the good in the situation after the whole Preacher Man incident I teared up on multiple occasions near the end It was a nice short read that will leave me in my thoughts for awhile


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A Fine White Dust 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 SavedIt 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