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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Now I'm giving away June Bug by Chris Fabry.

Okay. This is going to be an interesting discussion. To enter for a chance to win this book simply post a comment. Here is the catch...talk about missing children. Do you know any children who have simply disappeared and they now have their picture on a milk carton or poster? Can you imagine how you would feel if one of your own children went missing? Worse, what if you discovered that you were the missing child? I can't imagine.

I'll go first. My dad knew a college professor whose teenage daughter suddenly disappeared back in the late 1970s. To this day no one has ever seen her. My father introduced us because this man taught at the college I attended. I went to his house. Her picture was on the wall. Though he never spoke of it to me, I'm sure his grief was beyond comprehension. That's it for my comment. Now what about you?


About the book:

I believed everything my daddy told me until I walked into Walmart and saw my picture on a 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 Walmart. One day, 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 of, 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.

My thoughts:

I have an ARC for this book. I haven't had a chance to crack it open yet but it sounds like my kind of story!

27 comments:

Vicki said...

I've never known a child who has gone missing. I can't even imagine how the parents of missing children cope. That is something no parent should have to go through.

lelou2 AT ymail DOT com

Lee Smith said...

I have two boys and the thought of them going missing is enough to stop my heart. Although I have followed news stories, I have never known anyone who personally lost a child. When I was a teen I ran away for a day or so. My parents found me rather quickly. They were angry, hurt and scared. I think all those emotions would be magnified a thousand times over if your child were taken by someone.

Dana said...

I have had, my now grown children run away from home when they were teens,they were found but I'sure all the feelings I felt are multiplied by thousands if your child is missing for years.
I felt so very scared,its like i could barely breath. No sleep. Imagining all the worst I'd ever heard of or seen on t.v. And most of all praying they remain unharmed and returned safely h

Linda W. said...

I've not had a child kidnapped, but our area had a young boy, Jacob Wetterling, kidnapped. He was a little younger than our son at the time. I was livid at the thought that some beast could take a child, and what I would do if it were my son. He's never been found. We now have the Jacob Wetterling Foundation that helps find lost children. That's one of my main reasons I would like to win this book.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com.

bigguysmama said...

I have heard so many great reviews on this book! My in-laws stay at Wal Marts while they do their ministry down South for the winter months. I can't imagine actually living in a motor home!

Please enter me to win!

Mimi
mnjesusfreak at gmail dot com

fredamans said...

Thank you for the entry.

freda.mans@sympatico.ca

Unfortunately I recently experienced the feeling of knowing a child who was missing. The worst thing is it was such a publicized case too. Victoria or Tori Stafford grew up near Ottawa, but most of her family is from my city of Hamilton. I went to grade school with her aunts and uncles. So when I heard the news of her abduction, it was from her uncle, asking me to keep my eyes open. You can't begin to imagine how that left me feeling. The point is; I've been there, and pray to God I never find a way back to that feeling.

Edna said...

I have never know anyone personaly where a child has gone missing, but I see it on the news, and the way my nerves are I don't think I could bear it, The Bible says that God will never put more on you that you can bear and I believe that this would put me over the edge. I love my family so much, it hurts me to see on the news about children or adults that they can't find. There was 2 little boys a few town over that was missing, y'al might remember the Susan Smith story here in SC, they were looking for those 2 little boys and when they found them the mother had straped them into their car seats and let the car roll down a boat ramp into the lake, also a man my daughter worked with had dibetics and he had started tot he dr and never made it, they found his truck weeks later in Lake Keowee not far from his home, he had just lost his bearings because of his sugar and turned in the wrong direction and went into the lake just a road from his house. Those are the closest that I have ever known and I pray that nothing will happen in my family that way, but I am sure everyone else does the same.

May God bless

mamat2730(at)charter(dot)net

lovedandamazed said...

Back in May my 20-year-old brother was home for a visit from his out-of-state job... and when he left my parents' house, he disappeared for several days. He didn't get back to his job, he wasn't calling or texting like normal. On the third day I helped my mother go to the bank to explain and get a record of his debit card transactions and we found out that he had a charge in an airport, past security. We had no reason to think he was taking a trip and started making phone calls to see if we could get ahold of security tape footage to make sure it *was* him and not someone who had stolen his card. We were just hours from taking this search to that level (had to wait for the investigator to get into the office the next morning) when we got an e-mail from my brother. Sure enough, he had decided on the spur of the moment to take a trip to visit a friend and didn't bother telling us *or* his boss. It nearly cost him his job and hopefully he understands that it was in love and not in any desire to be controlling that we took the measures that we did - even so far as having the number of the closest FBI agency on our computer screen, talking about when would be the right time to call them. It was a scary few days but everything turned out okay in the end. Having to deal with that scenario was pretty rough... we tried to keep our approach realistic and not deal with the thousands of "what ifs" that came to mind.

Thanks for the chance to win!
author_erin(at)lycos(dot)com

PatriciaW said...

Can not imagine. Have heart palpitations if my children move out of my sight line for seconds in a store, arena or pretty much anywhere.

Wanda said...

Many years ago there was a girl from our children's high school who disappeared. She was found much later but unfortunately it was not a happy ending. I've always thought it must be an absolute nightmare for parents when their child disappears.
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

Megan said...

This sounds like one of those books that you won't be able to put down!

I haven't had any personal experience with missing children, it seems unbearable. But I do have friends who run a search & rescue business. They search for teens & adults - usually when the authorities have stopped looking. Sadly, it's mostly bodies that they find. but they did find one... at least it gave the family peace

Thanks for the chance to win
megan.nadalet at gmail dot com

gammawfox said...

I have never known a child that has been abducted but I get so wrapped up in every one that comes on tv. I can't help but become affected by the story. Children are our most important commodity that we will will know. Let's protect our children no matter what the cost!!
Please enter me in your contest for the drawing of this book. It looks wonderful!!
Thanks, Lela Fox
bubbysgammaw@peoplepc.com


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Little Missus Sunshine said...

What a horrible situation that people have to go through. I do not know anyone that has experienced it.

Mark said...

I have never personally known of any children who have gone missing, and have no kids of my own, but I cannot imagine how heartbreaking it would be if one of my nieces or nephews went missing

mez said...

I've never known a missing child but can only imagine the grief, pain and uncertainty for their loved ones. The not knowing would be overwhelming.

worthy2bpraised[at]gmail[dot]com

Anonymous said...

I have never known anyone who went missing. But, when I see the pics of the kids who have, it always makes me sad. But, from now on, I'm going to try to pray for those kids. If one of my kids ever went missing, I don't know what I would do. Hopefully, I would do the smartest thing possible: get on my knees before God, and ask Him to take care of it. After all these "missing" children may be lost to us, but they are never lost to Him. He knows right where they are.
Please enter me in the contest.
~Carman
booklovercb at yahoo dot com

windycindy said...

I watch a lot of reality news and crime shows! It never ceases to amaze me how many children just disappear without a trace! No one
sees anything or doesn't have a clue about what happened. I really get upset when the parents or any person
who is supposed to seek the best for a child, ends up hurting or killing them! Fortunately; up to this date,
I have not known any children that have gone missing. Please enter me in your book drawing. Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Carol said...

To see this from the pov of the child and to know the person you love and trust has abducted you must be horrible.

The premise of this book intrigues me. It makes me a little writer jealous that I didn't think of it.

(and this is the third time I've tried to get this to post--so please, please, please consider me for the book)
Carol

Naomi Musch said...

I remember years ago when I was pregnant with my firstborn, a four year old had gone missing up in northern Minnesota. It was November, and he'd wandered off with his puppy. They found him too late. I cried for days for that little boy and his family. I can't imagine losing a child, much less in such a tragic way. I love Chris Fabry's writing; what a challenging issue to write about.

Karin said...

When I was in the eighth grade one of my classmates went missing. A few days later they found her body at the bottom of the river.

It looked like she had died from an overdose or alcohol/drug reaction. They best the cops could ever figure was that her friends freaked out, weighted her down and dropped off a bridge so they wouldn't get into trouble.

No one was ever charged with her murder, even though it was obvious that she didn't tie herself up and fall into the river. She came from a rather poor and trashy family, and I've always wondered if that's why they never actually solved the case.

kristen said...

This sounds like such an amazing book. I can't wait to read it.
Thanks
Kristen
kristengjohnson [at] gmail

Tarasview said...

I already have this book (loved it) so I don't need to win.

When I was about 7 years old I had a friend go missing. Her name was Terry-Lynn and she lived just down the street from me. She disappeared during the 5 block walk from our elementary school to her home.

It was chaos for months. I, and everyone I knew, was interviewed by the police. Kids weren't allowed to play outside alone for months. People were very afraid. Her parents moved away. Years went by. Nothing. When I was in highschool I saw her picture up on the "missing children" board in Walmart so I assume she was never found.

So sad.

JenniferB said...

I don't personally know of any child that had been missing but when I watch stories on television of child abductions or missing children, it makes me very sad. I wish that never happened.

ejxd95@gmail.com

squiresj said...

My oldest daughter skipped work one night and I could not locate her anywhere in the town where she worked. I drove all over the town looking for her car. In my spirit I was worried because I sensed something was wrong. She didn't come home that night or call and I laid on the floor praying all night. Her sister walked the floor not knowing how to help me, her Mom. This wasn't the end of her missing. Many times she would not come home or call and disappeared for three days. I was beside myself. One day my neice called and asked if I was okey with my daughter moving to Illinois to be with my family - no one else had told me. I then located her and confronted her. I let her go. She asked me later why I didn't stop her. She said, you know you could have. I told her what good would it have done as she would just disappear again. By letting her go, she was back home in 3 months time fed up with my families rules and straightened out and has turned her life around. But with my youngest daughter now trying to protect her boyfriends, two kids my heart is breaking again for them. We worry about their Mother grabbing them and running as she is involved in a burglary ring run by her Mother.
jrs362(at)hotmail(dot)com
I'm interested in winning the book.

Praying Mom said...

A child of mine going missing is my biggest fear!

I think I could handle the death of a child...(not that I WANT to) but to not know where my child is or if he/she is dead or alive... now that would kill me!

Praying Mom said...

OH-- ofgot my email address--
ladyverlina AT yahoo DOT com

Michelle Sutton said...

and the winner is...

windycindy

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