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June Bug believed everything her daddy told her. That is, until she walked into Wal-Mart and saw her face on a list of missing children. The discovery begins a 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 a...more
Paperback, 326 pages
Published July 23rd 2009 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Borrowed this book free from Amazon. It was a pretty good story - I really didn't know at first if her "daddy" was a good guy or bad guy. The ending was a bit too cliche & tidy, not to mention unrealistic.

My biggest complaint was that about halfway through, it became apparent that this is "Christian fiction." I just want to read a good book, not be preached too. And it was a bit odd, since at the beginning there was only passing mention of Jesus in direct relation to 1 specific character; t...more
I had never read a book by Chris Fabry before, but this book was on my "to read" list from the second I read the blurb. The thought of a child seeing her picture on a "Missing" board in Wal-Mart messed with my mind.

More times than not when I want to read a book really bad but don't get to it for a while, I'm let down. I guess I build it up to much in my head. I expect it to be amazing and most times they fall short of that.

This wasn't one of those books. It was everything I was wanting it to be...more
Deborah Leathers
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June Bug believed everything her daddy told her. That is, until she walked into Wal-Mart and saw her face on a list of missing children. The discovery begins a 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,...more
This one had me in tears, so it definitely engaged my emotions. June Bug is a story that focuses on a little girl and her daddy, John. They have been living on the road in an RV for years. One day June Bug sees her face on a missing children's poster in Walmart and all of a sudden her questions about who her mama is take on new meaning. She starts wondering... The story follows the two of them on their journey home to find closure and new beginnings. The narrative is mostly written from June Bug...more
Peggy Morgan
From the opening scene when nine-year-old June Bug is startled to see her picture on a missing persons poster to the surprising yet satisfying ending, readers accompany the precocious girl and her father on a journey of discovery that forces her father to face his past so that June Bug can find her true future. Throughout the story June Bug’s delightful personality shines through. She is spontaneous, free-spirited and loving, a healing balm for her emotionally scarred father, a veteran of the wa...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
June Bug has spent her life driving the back roads of America with her dad in an old RV, often staying in Wal-Mart parking lots at night. Their nomadic existence is happy, but when June Bug walks into a Wal-Mart one day and sees her own face looking back at her from a missing child poster, she learns that there are secrets her father has never shared with her.

That discovery fills her with questions and ultimately sends them both back to Dogwood, West Virginia where June Bug finds answers and he...more
Clockstein Lockstein
June Bug by Chris Fabry is a fresh take on the classic tale Les Miserables. Nine-year-old June Bug is mostly content with her life on the road with her dad, Johnson, until she sees her own picture on a poster for a kidnapped child. The poster says she was kidnapped seven years ago, and that her real name is Natalie Ann and has an age-progressed photo that looks just like her, down to the small birthmark on her cheek. Her discovery sets a chain of events in motion that will change her entire life...more
This story is mostly told from a 9-year-old girl's point of view. She sees her face on a missing persons poster and all of a sudden, her life is turned upside down. She - along with the reader - begins to wonder just WHO is this person who she's called "Daddy" as far back as she can remember? Does she have a mother somewhere? The book is a result of her journey to find the truth about her life.

We see two sides of the story, June Bug's grandparents, who have never given up hope of finding their g...more
June Bug is seeing the country with her father via RV travel- we come across them as the walmart manager is getting tired of them parked in the parking lot of his walmart- and Sheila a kindly widow who works there takes them to her house until the part that will get the RV up and running again. While at Walmart June Bug sees a picture of herself age progressed to the present, and questions start forming. The story is wonderfully written and the author does well with characters making one love or...more
Jessie Weaver
Accustomed to living out of an RV and camping out in Wal-Mart parking lots, June Johnson is just a little surprised to find her face on a missing child poster. All of a sudden confronted with the reality that she is likely not June Bug, but Natalie Anne Edwards - that her birthday is not April 9, and maybe her dad is not her dad - June tries to unearth the truth in this coming-of-age meets mystery novel in the form of inspirational fiction.

June Bug is the kind of book you can't put down. With na...more
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June Bug is about a little girl wiser and wittier than most people. Chris Fabry, the author tells a tale that has a ton of heartbreaking moments but mixed with enough hope to sustain the reader and a strong sense of humour to give this novel a rating of 5stars. The story at first glance is about the abduction of a 2 year old little girl-June Bug. The story goes back and forth from present to past setting the stage for the reader to easily fall in love with June Bug but further more and very stra...more
I was curious about the teaser on the cover describing the book as a "modern retelling of Les Miserables". To be honest, I saw a few parallels but the big connection the author apparently had was lost on me. The story follows a nine-year-old girl who lives on the road out of an RV with her dad. A mystery unfolds after she discovers an age progression photo of herself on a missing child poster hanging in a Walmart. I liked the book, but it is no Le Mis.
This must be my summer for reading about people from West Virginia or stories set in West Virginia. Chris Fabry has provided a story that literally tugs at your heart-strings. It was impossible to read about June Bug and her father and not feel emotionally invested. This is a wonderful story about how a little girl is saved by her "father" and in turns winds up being his saving grace as well.
This is one of my top favorite books. I love the characters-they were well developed. June Bug feels like a real girl that you just want to spend time with. This book is a mystery from the start and is hard to put down. A book that didn't have curse words, or lots of negativity...nice for a change. I even shed a tear at the end and I wanted the book to keep going.
Glenda L
I really liked this book ... picked it up as a daily find ... had never read anything by this author before ... liked it from the very first word. June Bug and her "Daddy" are characters that will stay with you for some time. It is very well written and true to life. It is a story of love and forgiveness ... I would recommend it.
I really enjoyed reading “June Bug”. I recall telling my friends and family when reading through this book that it would make a wonderful Lifetime or Hallmark channel movie and I still stand by that 100%.

This story is told through several characters point of views, of which I value in most books that I read. I like to know what everyone is thinking about what’s going on instead of just receiving that information from a single person. I have to mention that author Chris Fabry does a wonderful job...more
June Bug and her dad travel the US in their RV...usually staying overnight at Wal-Mart parking lots. One day June Bug happens to walk into the Wal-Mart and sees her face on a missing children's poster. This of course leads to many questions in her mind and many questions to her dad (Johnson) as she tries to figure out this mystery in her life.

Along this same time a car is recovered from a lake in WV that belonged to June Bug's mother. June Bug's grandmother never gave up hope that June Bug someh...more
Chris Fabry is a wonderful wordsmith, he has a way of delving into the culture and mindset of his subjects and bringing them to life. He does that in June Bug as he brings June Bug and her dad to life as they travel (or rather sit in the Wal-Mart parking lot) in their RV. We get inside the mind and life of a 9 year old little girl as she tries to figure out what is going on around her and who she really is.

One day as June Bug and her dad are stranded in the Wal-Mart parking lot waiting for a par...more
Cathy Bryant
Award-winning author Chris Fabry's latest release, "June Bug," is NOT to be missed. It tells the story of a little girl living on the road with her dad, traveling from place to place in their RV. The story opens when June Bug enters a Walmart store and sees a picture of herself in a collection of photos of missing children.

The story that follows is poignant and beautiful, and proves the sovereignty of God--how He can take something painful and horrible and bring incredible good out of it. I laug...more
At first this book reminded me of the novel I read in grade school, called "The Face on the Milk Carton." It was similar, but this was a based on a younger character who was more unable to find out what happened on her own. This version is about a little girl and her father traveling around in a RV until one day she sees a Missing Person poster and recognizes the face as herself. From that point forward she starts to question who she really is and who this man may or may not be. I liked this boo...more
This book literally left me speechless after I turned the final page. Tears were streaming down my face, which is a rarity for me with any novel. This book had such a tenderness to it, particularly with the love that a father has for a daughter. That struck a chord with me since I am so close to my father, and as a girl, looked up to him for everything. But it also dealt with the harsh realities of life, and how, despite the best-made plans, things just don't always turn out the way people want...more
June Bug is a 9 yr old girl that travels the country in an RV with her dad. For the most part she enjoys her lifestyle although she occasionally wishes for sleepovers with friends and other 'normal' girl things. One day she sees a missing child poster in Walmart that looks just like her and she begins to wonder more about her past and why they're always on the move.
About this same time, a car belonging to a woman whose daughter disappeared 7 years ago is pulled from a lake in West Virginia. The...more
June Bug is the story of a nine year old girl who lives with her Daddy in an RV and travels around the country. Everything is fine until one day she is in Wal-Mart and sees her picture on the bulletin board where they post pictures of missing kids. She starts wondering where she came from and why they are there. She knows she is loved and cared for, but she also wonders why they are constantly on the move.

About that time, back in her hometown, the car in which she disappeared seven years ago is...more
I absolutely loved loved this book! The amount of interest I gained as I continued to read astounded me...it was hard to put down and it was incredibly difficult to not adore the character of June Bug and especially Johnson. You find yourself throughout the book questioning whether or not you should be liking the character of Johnson because of the idea of what could have possibly been the reason June Bug and him were together on the road in this RV...but at the same time you couldn't deny the r...more
Nine-year-old June Bug has been traveling around the nation in an RV with her Dad for as long as she can remember. Her world is turned upside-down when she sees her face on a missing children poster at Walmart. June Bug's perspective on her life completely changes as she learns who she really is, where she really came from and whether or not this man she has trusted and loved her whole life is really her father.

When I first read the premise of this book I was intrigued and very excited to read i...more
June Bug, what can I say? What a wonderful, blessed read. I dove right into this book. June Bug lives with her dad in an RV, going all over the country, stopping in Wal-Marts along the way to stay in the parking lot. However, in Colorado they are waiting for a part that seems to take forever. The Wal-Mart manager says they have to move it. So a young wonderful woman named Sheila offers her space in her driveway. What is on June Bug's mind though is a poster of herself she assumes on a missing ch...more
9 year old June Bug has been traveling the US in a beat up old RV with her dad as long as she can remember. She has never gone to school, had a sleepover or met her mother....at least not that she can remember. Then one day she walks into a wal-mart and sees a picture of herself on a missing child poster. She becomes determined to find out who she is and why she and her dad live the way they do.

I really enjoyed this book. I am a sucker for a well written book narrated by a child. June Bug's voic...more
"June Bug" written by Chris Fabry is an excellent book with a fabulous combination of pure joy, remorse, and even concern toward the characters. June Bug is a young nine year old girl that travels in a small and beat up RV with her loving and supportive father, John. After an unfortunate break down of their vehicle, are stranded in a Wal-Mart parking lot. When walking into the store for something to eat, June Bug stumbles upon a photo of a young girl that resembles her greatly. Above the photo a...more
June Bug by Chris Fabry is a novel written from the perspective of a 7 year old girl and tells the story of how after living and traveling around the country for 7 years in a RV with a man she believes to be her father, sees herself in a Missing Person poster at a Walmart and then determines to find out about her family. At nearly the same time, an event takes place in the town of Dogwood, West Virginia where she had come from which forces John Johnson, the man who has been taking care of her fo...more
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Chris Fabry is an award-winning author and radio personality who hosts the daily program Chris Fabry Live! on Moody Radio. He is also heard on Love Worth Finding, Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, and other radio programs. A 1982 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University and native of West Virginia, Chris and his wife, Andrea, now live in Arizona and are...more
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