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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

June Bug...Review

About the book:
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, West Virginia, down a winding path that will change their lives forever. 

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 her father finds himself. June Bug's voice is almost too mature for a 9-year old girl. But, her narration is compelling and sprinkled with rich, wonderful details and observations. Full of strong, often delightful, characters, this is not a predictable story and it's certainly one that you will be reluctant to put down.

I've seen this novel compared to Les Miserables, and I have to agree with that comparison. John is the Valjean character: a good man who has had his share of difficulties. Mrs. Linderman takes the role of the Bishop, presenting John with something valuable to help him start a new life. Little June Bug is Cosette, rescued from a tragic situation to become a beloved daughter.

A lovely, enthralling story. Christian without being preachy. Definitely recommended.

Thanks to First Wild Card for the opportunity to review this book. You can read the first chapter here. You can learn more about Chris Fabry here. You can purchase your own copy of this delightful book here.

Read 8/09

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5/5 Stars

4 comments:

  1. This book sounds so good Holly. Thanks for the review-another one I've not heard of.

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  2. Just started this. Very intersting and rich text. Anxious to discover more!

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  3. I don't remember Les Miserables enough to compare it with June Bug, so thanks for that. I understand the links to that classic, now. June Bug is such a terrific read.

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  4. I loved June Bug and just finished Dogwood. Did you read that one??

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