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The Face on the Milk Carton (Janie Johnson Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Caroline B. Cooney
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (722 customer reviews)

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Book Description

No one ever really paid close attention to the faces of the missing children on the milk cartons. But as Janie Johnson glanced at the face of the ordinary little girl with her hair in tight pigtails, wearing a dress with a narrow white collar--a three-year-old who had been kidnapped twelve years before from a shopping mall in New Jersey--she felt overcome with shock. She recognized that little girl--it was she. How could it possibly be true?


Janie can't believe that her loving parents kidnapped her, but as she begins to piece things together, nothing makes sense. Something is terribly wrong. Are Mr. and Mrs. Johnson really Janie's parents? And if not, who is Janie Johnson, and what really happened?


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  • 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.

    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.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 398 KB
    • Print Length: 196 pages
    • Publisher: Laurel Leaf; Reprint edition (July 1, 2009)
    • Sold by: Random House LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B002GKGB1Y
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,164 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! August 10, 2000
    A Kid's Review
    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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    29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Clooney 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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    22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to introduce readers to a new author September 21, 2003
    By Willow
    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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    18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected 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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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent book, You'll have to read! October 23, 2002
    A Kid's Review
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    The Face on the Milk Carton
    By Caroline B. Coonie
    Date of review 9/20/02
    I read the fascinating book, The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Coonie. This book is about a girl who saw her face on a milk carton under the missing ad and realizes the parents she knows and loves must not be her parents. Could they have possibly kidnapped her? Janie is the main character; she is the girl who spots her face on the milk carton. While trying to keep it a secret, she tries to figure out this mystery but at the same time she tears her self esteem apart. Reeve is Janie's boyfriend and next door neighbor, he helps Janie out along the way because he is the only one who knows Janie's secret. Sarah-Charlotte is Janie's best friend who doesn't understand what is going on because she doesn't know the secret. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are the people who Janie thought were her parents for all these years. Caroline B. Coonie's message in this book is not to take your life for granted. Janie was always trying to write her name differently because she thought her name was boring. When Janie figured out her name really wasn't Janie Johnson she wished it was. Caroline B. Coonie's style of writing is making you want to read more and more by making you hang in suspense at the end or even the middle of a chapter.

    The most important event in this book is when Janie eats a peanut butter sandwich and needs milk afterwards. So Janie steels Sarah-Charlotte's milk and drinks it even though she is allergic to milk. That is when Janie notices the picture on the milk carton and wishes she had never drank that milk. The second important event is when Janie and Reeve skip school to drive to New Jersey to see if the people who are her parents (according to the milk carton) are really her parents.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars ... reality it's supposed to be one book / one great
    Pages were missing
    In reality it's supposed to be one book / one great story
    Published 13 days ago by Denise Greene
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Item as promised. Thanks!
    Published 14 days ago by BookAddict44
    3.0 out of 5 stars Quick, Easy Read
    This was quite an interesting story. I don't think I can write about it without giving away the story. It's more than the face on the milk carton. Read more
    Published 28 days ago by lieu2010
    5.0 out of 5 stars This was great story and held my interest through out
    This was great story and held my interest through out. I recommended my library to buy the fifth episode and wait to finish the story
    Published 1 month ago by Dorothy Kopko
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Love this book!
    Published 1 month ago by jennifer
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good
    It was a good quick read.
    My daughter was reading it for her book club and I thought I would too.
    Published 1 month ago by GGkk
    4.0 out of 5 stars She became my favorite author for a long time
    This is the book that introduced me to Cooney as a kid. She became my favorite author for a long time. A great emotional, suspenseful writer, she really pulls you into the story. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Krissy B.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Book was in excellent condition. My students are fighting over who gets to read it next.
    Published 2 months ago by Miki F.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Really great story.
    Janie Johnson is a sophomore in high school. One day at lunch she sees a picture of herself on a milk carton. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Kristi Hulsey
    5.0 out of 5 stars good book
    Good book. I really enjoyed it. Even more this time than when I read it the first time. Really great
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