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Monday, August 10, 2009

June Bug by Chris Fabry (Book Review)

Title: June Bug
Author: Chris Fabry
Publisher: Tyndale

First sentence: Some people know every little thing about themselves, like how much they weighed when they were born and how long they were from head to toe and which hospital their mama gave birth to them and stuff like that.

My synopsis: June Bug had been all over the U.S. and she wasn't even 10 years old. She had been living and traveling in an RV with her father for as long as she can remember. She hadn't really questioned this life until she went into a Walmart and saw her face on a missing children's wall. Ok - so it wasn't her face exactly, but it was really close. It said her name was Natalie and that she had been missing since she was 2.

The story jumps back and forth between June Bug and her father traveling through Colorado back East to West Virginia, where the mystery of her disappearance has resurfaced when the car she was in the night she disappeared is found at the bottom of a reservoir. As these two stories unwind, they draw all the characters closer together, until they all converge in Dogwood, West Virginia.

My thoughts: I don't know how to categorize books like this. It is not a romance, not historical fiction, not a thriller, etc. It is just a fiction book - and a good one at that. I was immediately involved in the story and wanted June Bug and her father to persevere. It was evident in the story how much he loved her and what a good dad he was.

Also underlying the story is a thread involving faith. June Bug shares how she became a Christian at a Vacation Bible School close to one of their campsites. There are also other people along the way who help them out who share her faith - including her grandmother who has been praying for seven years for some sort of closure.

This was a very good book and I would recommend it highly. It does not have a lot of action or a grand romance, but it is just a heartwarming story!

About the author: Chris Fabry is a native of West Virginia who hosts the daily program Chris Fabry Live! on Moody Radio. He and his wife, Andrea, are the parents of nine children. Chris is the author of Dogwood and more than 50 novels for children and young adults.

June Bug
Publisher/Publication Date: Tyndale House Publisher, July 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4143-1956-8
336 pages


Holly said...

I loved this book! I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads and I don't give 5 stars to anything.

Staci said...

This one sounds like a great read!! I want to pick it up sometime!

Dar said...

I've seen this book a few places today and it's definitely been added to my wishlist. It sounds great.


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