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The Face on the Milk Carton Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1991

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf; Reprint edition (April 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440220653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440220657
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (700 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A milk carton portrait causes a 15-year-old girl to question her true identity; citing the novel's "strong characterizations and suspenseful, impeccably paced action," PW added, "The roller-coaster ride Jane experiences with her emotions is both absorbing and convincing." Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 7-10-Alyssa Bresnahan brings to life the character of 15-year-old Janie Johnson, a teenager whose typical angst is compounded when she discovers her picture on a milk carton as a missing child. Searching for the truth behind the kidnapping consumes Janie as she tries to maintain the balance between the craziness of her discovery and the teenage world of school, dates, and friends. Bresnahan deftly portrays each character, creating a unique voice for each. The sense of terror that develops in Janie is exhibited by the rising tension in the narrator's voice. Read equally well is the part of Janie's parents-their voices changing during the course of the story from professional and upbeat to wary and defeated. The progression of the characters complements the piece nicely. While the pace of the recording remains steady, it is slightly too slow and tedious at times to accompany this suspenseful tale. However, this does not outweigh the value of Caroline B. Cooney's excellent story (BDD, 1996) which has been a favorite read for young teenagers, an IRA-CBC Children's Choice Book, and the subject of a television special. The popularity of the book will cause this recording to leap off the shelves.
Diana Baker Freeman, Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, TX
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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Customer Reviews

The Face on the Milk Carton is a great book written by Caroline Cooney.
First off, this book has a very interesting plot because it is develop with suspense, unsuspected twists and surprises, and it concludes with an exciting ending.
They wouldn't think in similes and say: "I am like a ___ because..." The characters talked way too much, and the book got boring.

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 10, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Face on the Milk Carton is one of the best books I've read, and I read a lot! The plot starts right away when 15 year old Janie picks up a milk carton and glances at a "missing" ad of a little girl. No big deal... until she recognizes the picture. It is herself, years before. Janie and her boyfriend, Reeve, try to get to the bottom of the complicated story. She can't imagine her kind parents being kidnappers... but who else could it be? What happened? The plot of this book was very creative and exciting, and I couldn't put it down! I recommended it to all of my friends, because it has it all - romance, mystery, drama... And they all loved it! I would recommend this book for everyone ages 12 and up! Also, if you liked this, be sure to read the sequels, Whatever Happened to Janie?, The Voice on the Radio, and What Janie Found.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Megan Christman on March 30, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I gave The Face On The Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney four stars. I'm not an avid reader, but when I picked this book up I couldn't put it down. It had a believable, tension filled plot with action and suspense. In the book Janie Johnson, recognizing her own three year old, two inch face on her milk carton, starts an emotional trip that takes her from her high school lunch room to the truth about her identity. Janie unravels the mystery of her birth. She tries and succeeds in finding out if her parents are her real parents or if she was kidnapped ten years ago as a young child. The only reason I didn't give this book five stars is because it kept jumping around, getting off the subject it was trying to explain, then coming back to it a couple pages later. I really liked The Face on the Milk Carton and I would recommend it to any teenager or adult.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Willow on September 21, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After seeing the made for TV movie based on The Face on the Milk Carton, I knew the book would be great. I had heard of Caroline B Cooney before, but never read any of her books, and decided to give her a try.
Janie Johnson thinks her name is boring, her life too generic, and wants an adventure, she wants to be someone else. As she sits in school and actually plans another life for herself, she knows it will never come true. But then, when her friends are all sitting around drinking milk from the school cafeteria, Janie can't believe her eyes. The picture of the missing child placed on the carton is herself. She remembers how she had her hair in pigtails, the dress she was wearing, everything.
Janie is taken on an emotional rollercoaster ride, not trusting her mom and dad anymore, not telling her best friend (oddly named Sarah-Charlotte), and at the same time fighting romantic feelings towards her friend - and neighbor - Reeve. Throughout the book Janie confronts her fears, aquires Reeve as more than a friend, and finds out what happened when she was three years old - and whisked away from her home and family, to a new, loving group of people.
This book is awesome, and I can't wait to read the next in the series, but this is definately not a book for kids under age 12. There is much talk aboud underaged, unmarried sex, and plenty of creepy - possibly frightening - nightmares that Janie suffers from.
Overall grade - A
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lisa McKenzie on February 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I read this book for a young adult literature class. In it I expected to read about the story of Janie Johnson/Jennie Springer discovering that she was kidnepped, who her real parents were, andthe events that come with such a situation. I am glad that this is part of a series because I didn't get exactly what I expected. Janie Johnson does discover one day that she had been kidnapped as a little girl. She discovers that the people who have raised her as long as she can remember are not her real parents, and that they honestly believe that they are her grandparents. This book focuses on the mental turmoil and internal conflict that Janie/Jennie has as she tries to piece together the puzzle that has been spilled out before her. Unfortunately the plot doesn't have much of a pace at all. We are repeatedly sucked into her "daymares" as she begins to remember things from before her kidnapping. The only change that happens in the story is when she becomes romantically involved with the boy next door. There is alot of inuendo and talk about teen sex. I think this is something many parents might want to know before they give it to their kids to read. I'm not saying kids shouldn't read it. It is after all a fact of high school life. But parents should be made aware of what their children are reading and should set the standards for their
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TOM on May 30, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Janie Johnson was a normal tenth grade girl. She had loving parents and friends. She did everything fifteen-year-olds usually do. Then one day, something out of the ordinary happened. Janie came across a picture of a missing child on the side of her friend's milk carton. She looked closer and began to realize that the little girl was actually her. Over time, the clues start to piece together. Memories come back to Janie in "Daymares". She starts to worry that her parents might not really be her parents after all. She wonders if the people that brought her up had kidnapped her. She doesn't want to believe it, and tries to forget it all, but the clues keep coming and she keeps seeing memories. Suddenly, Janie's life isn't so normal anymore. Her friends notice that something is wrong, but Janie won't tell anyone what's going on. She decides to do some research of her own to get to the bottom of this, leading up to the suspenseful ending.
I would definitely recommend this book to all teenage readers. There is always something exciting happening, which made me want to read more every time. I enjoyed reading about people my age and being able to relate to some things. It kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. It was always unpredictable what would happen next. I liked this book because it was suspenseful and action packed. I've never wondered what it would be like to not know where I came from, and if my parents were really who I think they are. This made it interesting to read a story about it. I enjoyed reading about something I've never thought of before. It was definitely a good book and I'm sure other people will enjoy it to.
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