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Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
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
Anthem Lightbulb4 Stars Out Of 5Thumbs upJanuary 30, 2018Anthem LightbulbQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4A well written, bittersweet story of faith, hope, and love. This has become one of my favorite Fabry titles, even if it is a little more predictable than some of his other novels.
reliWIAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent storyDecember 15, 2017reliWIAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5He saves a little girl's life, she in turn saves his. An Ex-Seal tore up about the death of his best friend in Afghanistan is making plans to end his life at the same time a little girl is needing rescue. He saves her and she gives him something to live for. They live in an RV moving from place to place. They are both happy, until the day she sees her face on a missing children's poster in Walmart and then she has lots of questions.
It's a story of hope and redemption. The little girl's grandma never gave up, kept hoping and believing she would still be alive.
The only sad thing to me about this story is how June Bug and her "dad" were separated almost instantly and it appeared there was no further contact. Now another of Chris Fabry's books, Almost Heaven, I believe, does talk about this little girl, Natalie. It didn't make a whole lot of sense when I read it, but now having read this book, it does. A very good story!!
Elizabeth5 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful and intriguingAugust 28, 2017ElizabethQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Unique story, well written, wonderfully developed characters, thought provoking, can't wait to pick it back up type of book.
m4 Stars Out Of 5engaging storyApril 28, 2016mQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4an enjoyable light read, engaging story, a little predictable
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.