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Tyndale House / 2011 / ePub

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June Bug believed everything her daddy told her. That is, until she walked into Walmart and saw her face on a list of missing children. The discovery begins aa quest for the truth about her father, the mother he rarely speaks about, and ultimately herself. A modern interpretation of Les Miserables, the story follows a dilapidated RV rambling cross-country with June Bug and her father, a man running from a haunted past. Forces beyond their control draw them back to Dogwood, West Virginia, down a winding path that will change their lives forever.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9781414340555
ISBN-13: 9781414340555
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June Bug, written by Chris Fabry and based on the play Les Miserables, is a captivating story about a young girl whose existence is composed of traveling in a weather-beaten, rust-eaten, RV with John, the man she calls dad. The novel begins with John and June Bug stranded in a Wal-Mart parking lot where June Bug happens upon a picture of herself on a missing children’s poster. June Bug’s vagabond life becomes threatened not only by her desire to know the truth of the photo, but also by Shelia, the perky Wal-Mart associate who becomes increasingly curious about June Bug and John.

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 reader’s interest. Fabry’s ability to allow the reader to develop relationships with the characters is perhaps the strongest aspect of the novel. One notable weakness involves Fabry’s 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 weren’t essential to the story.

Although the novel doesn’t 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 aren’t 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 Bug’s 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

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Chris Fabry (Dogwood)—evangelical fiction author of more than 60 titles and coauthor of Left Behind: The Kid series—offers a lovely, moving, present-day account of sacrifice linking to the famed novel Les Misérables. It all begins in a nondescript Wal-Mart parking lot where nine-year-old June Bug sees an artist's rendition of herself on a missing child poster in the store where they've parked their broken-down RV trailer. With questions galore, June Bug starts pestering her “dad” about their RV vagabond life and where they're headed next. Johnson, little June Bug's father, is obliged to face his past in short order as a series of unexpected media events force his hand and reroute his life. Afraid and emotionally battered, Johnson returns to the “scene of the crime” and discovers what he thought was lost forever. Fabry's retelling of the world-renowned Victor Hugo tale is a stunning success, and readers will find themselves responding with enthusiastic inner applause. (Aug.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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  1. upstate NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    June 20, 2013
    Virginia
    upstate NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for June Bug.
    This 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.
  2. Hershey, PA
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A great read!
    August 27, 2011
    Hersheyreader
    Hershey, PA
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for June Bug.
    I 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!
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 25, 2011
    Judy Dalton
    This review was written for June Bug.
    This 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.
  4. Perkiomenville, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Chris Fabry is an excellent writer.
    October 15, 2010
    Joan K. Landis
    Perkiomenville, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    This review was written for June Bug.
    The 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.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 11, 2010
    Rambling Reader
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for June Bug.
    June 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.
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