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Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
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I believed everything my daddy told me until I walked into Wal-Mart and saw my picture on a little poster . . . For as long as she can remember, June Bug and her father have traveled the back roads of the country in their beat-up RV, spending many nights parked at Wal-Mart. One morning, as she walks past the greeter at the front of the store, her eyes are drawn to the pictures of missing children, where she is shocked to see herself. This discovery begins a quest for the truth about her father, the mother he rarely speaks about, and ultimately herself. But when her fathers past catches up with them, forces beyond his control draw them back to Dogwood, West Virginia, down a winding path that will change their lives forever.
From page one, the tone of the book immediately envelopes the reader into the setting. The attention to and description of details involves the reader in the story, and the fresh, original analogies maintain the readers interest. Fabrys ability to allow the reader to develop relationships with the characters is perhaps the strongest aspect of the novel. One notable weakness involves Fabrys lack of build-up to create tension at critical moments in the story; and, although background of characters is certainly important, there were small chunks of background that werent essential to the story.
Although the novel doesnt begin with a character in moral depravity and end with his or her salvation, Christianity is an undercurrent throughout the story. June Bug recounts a time at a VBS in which she prayed and received Jesus. Other characters beliefs are stated or implied. It is left to the reader to discover why certain characters believe the way they do, and whether it is right or wrong. Although Bible verses arent referred to, Matthew 18:3, I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven, is evident in June Bugs simple, trusting faith. However, the theme of Christianity could easily be removed from the book without altering the storyline.
For those in search of a good book, June Bug certainly qualifies, leaving readers wishing for more pages after the last one is read. Also worth mentioning are the themes of kidnapping, semi-violent flashbacks, and sexual predators present in the book, making it appropriate for readers fourteen years of age and older. Emily Morgan, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Virginiaupstate NYAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5June 20, 2013Virginiaupstate NYAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is an interesting novel about a little girl who sees herself on a missing child poster and realizes things aren't what they seem. She discovers who she really is and the truth about her father and their life. The book is a modern retelling of Les Miserables.
I thought the book was a good read and the storyline was such that I wanted to keep reading and find out if there was a happy ending.
HersheyreaderHershey, PA4 Stars Out Of 5A great read!August 27, 2011HersheyreaderHershey, PAQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I loved this book! You know what the story is about as soon as you read the first paragraph; however, you have to stay with the book all the way to the end! It is a great read...interesting characters, a great storyline, keeps you captivated!
Judy Dalton5 Stars Out Of 5March 25, 2011Judy DaltonThis book is great. It is one you read quickly because the plot keeps you going until the last page!! Loved it because I'm from West Virginia and it was great to hear about our wonderful State throughout this book.
Joan K. LandisPerkiomenville, PAAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Chris Fabry is an excellent writer.October 15, 2010Joan K. LandisPerkiomenville, PAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleThe characters are well developed and the story is one of restoration as well as, loving and letting go. I have reread the last few chapters several times and come away crying each time. June Bug is a precious character who reminds me in many ways of my grandaughter. I definately recommend this book, it is a great read.
Rambling Reader5 Stars Out Of 5October 11, 2010Rambling ReaderQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5June Bug is a poignant novel of survival, sacrifice, family and love. June Bug is a spunky, but mature 9-year-old traveling around the United States with her father in an old RV. At least, she believes the man she has been living with for the past seven years is her father. When she sees her face on a missing child poster in Wal-Mart, June Bug's life veers down an uncharted road. As June Bug seeks the truth from her father, John, he is forced to confront memories of a painful past. Meanwhile, June Bug's biological grandparents in West Virignia are struggling to uncover the truth about their beloved granddaughter's disappearance while dealing with the painful questions of their daughter's involvement. Chris Fabry's vivid story-telling will keep readers turning the pages as the truth unfolds and the characters' lives irrevocably change.
June Bug captivated me from the first page. Chris Fabry masterfully tells the story from several perspectives of the individuals impacted by June Bug's disappearance: June Bug, John, the grandparents, and the police officer heading the investigation. Each perspective is equally moving, but June Bug's voice is especially compelling. I was anxious to discover the truth about June Bug's life and how she came to live with her father, John. The ending, though bittersweet was not a disappointment. I would love to read a sequel to the novel that picks up several years later because I wonder what life holds for each character further down the road. This novel is one of those rare thought-provoking gems that I find myself thinking about even a couple of days after finishing it. June Bug is the first book I have read by Chris Fabry, and I am anxious to read his other novels.