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June Bug

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  3,433 ratings  ·  492 reviews
From the best-selling author of War Room comes a Christy Award finalist, now a Lifetime original movie called Child of Grace.
"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
Paperback, 326 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published July 23rd 2009)
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Joan June bug is only 320 some pages long. It is easy to read and moves very quickly.It is a beautiful touching book which I gave 5 stars. I hope you dind …moreJune bug is only 320 some pages long. It is easy to read and moves very quickly.It is a beautiful touching book which I gave 5 stars. I hope you dind time to read it and other books by Chis Fabry.(less)

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Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
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; then
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Raelee Carpenter
Jan 20, 2015 rated it liked it
As a story on its own, June Bug is charming, sweet, and colorful. The characters are intriguing, though Fabry occasionally bunny trails in to unnecessary details of some of the minor characters' back stories in a manner that's confusing. But the prose is lovely, and the details paint an excellent picture of America.

Taking this as Les Miserables retelling, however, it falls WAY short. The important themes of oppression, futile revolution, and eternal grace are completely missing. In fact, the onl
Trinity Rose
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
June Bug by Chris Fabry is an excellent novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it and glad that I read it.
The characters are so life like and you can really live the story through them. I really came to love
June Bug and her “Dad”. Usually I don’t care for books that are told through the eyes of a child/young person. To me it seems to be lacking something, but with June Bug it wasn’t that way. June Bug was not only told through a young girl, but also others.
June Bug talks about Walmart and WV which are c
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Chris Fabry is a nice change of pace from typical syrupy Christian fiction. Natalie Edwards is nine years old and sees her face plastered on a missing children poster at Walmart. Is John her father? And where in the heck is her mother?

Some parts of this novel were implausible and the Christianity seemed tacked on more often than not, but (unlike most CF) the characters were likable and believable. I am glad I gave this author a try. Fabry is a darn good story teller.

(And if you are wondering wh
Linda Klager
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very detailed book about deceit, trickery, love, and second chances. The author spent a lot of time developing each character in the book.
Lydia Howe
I have literally wanted to read this book for years and was so excited when I found it at the library. The premiss has SO much promise and so I was sadly disappointed with the way the book actually unfolded.

Things I liked:

*The parts June Bug narrated. Seriously, if she would have told the whole book it would have been at least four, maybe even five stars. The author really captured the voice of a smart, little girl and her curiosity about the world and full faith in her dad. Her way of describi
Nov 12, 2009 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it

This was my first Chris Fabry book and it won't be my last.

I enjoyed the story of June Bug.

After reading the back I wasn't sure if I was going to like it but it sucked me in right away. The relationship between June Bug and her 'dad' was what every little girls dream of.
Sep 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. A 9 year old child sees her face on the missing child poster in the Walmart and she starts questioning her life and her father. But all is not as it seems at first. A complex story.
I love and hate when I read a book this good. I love it so much because the characters warm my heart heart, the storyline is so very unique, the love in it made me laugh, cry and nearly broke heart, but I soooooo hated that it ended.

Oh what a lovely book. I don't want to give away a single sentence of this it. Anyone wanting to read it would miss out on the opportunity of discovering this gem all by themselves.

But for my memory's sake I add a synopsis for most of the books I read. Please don't
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Public library copy. This is quite the exciting story, and quite tugs at the heart. I give it 3.5 stars. I have to say the ending was too realistic, or maybe unrealistic. Something just didn't set with me at the end. This is my second read by this author. Still undecided. He's good, but maybe I'm too far from my genre.... I have not read or seen Les Miserables. Not sure if that 's necessary to 'get' the book. I really liked the character of Sheila, and of course June Bug. Quite a lot of point of ...more
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly delightful book, with an ending I didn't see coming! ...more
Diana Parker
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This really tugged at my emotions...I didn't want it to end and when it did, it made me sad... ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Jul 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Deborah Leathers
Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Back Cover Description:

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,
Peggy Morgan
Jun 16, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Christy Lockstein
Aug 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Chris Fabry does a masterful job of portraying family relationships and the ties that bind as well as illustrating the circumstances and feelings that sever those ties. Without being overly sentimental or preachy, he weaves a tale of mystery and poignancy that centers on a child who was missing for seven years and the man who loves her more than life itself. With characters that come to life on the page, this inspirational tale will intrigue you and leave you wanting to know more about June Bug ...more
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Glenda L
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
I liked the book quite a bit - right up until the ending. The first 90% of the book is an interesting story and really makes you wonder what happened and how everything would turn out. But then the ending. (view spoiler) ...more
Sophie Wallerich
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. I was nervous whether it was all the way clean or or, just based on imagination from the teaser. But it is very clean, very well written and a great story. I will be recommending this book!
Margaret Devaux
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Never thought I would like the kidnapper but I did. Was he really that? The book held me captive from the very beginning. I couldn't wait to read it after I had to put it down. ...more
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
June Bug by Chris Fabry caught my eye both because I have enjoyed others of his books, plus this one was said to be based on Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, one of my top two all-time favorite novels.

It begins with 9 year old June traveling around the country with her father, John Johnson, in an old RV. It’s the only life she has ever known. They home school (or RV school, as they like to joke) and have seen much of the country. But one day a part in the RV breaks down, and they park in a Wal-mart
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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 t ...more

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