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

Caroline B. Cooney
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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: #16,145 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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected February 29, 2008
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 3 days 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 18 days 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
Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars What do you do?
I've often wondered when you see the milk cartons or posters with a person's photo on them that they've kidnapped or are missing, how does the person feel if they recognize... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sheila L.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for young teens.
I would not recommend this book to the intended age group due to the amount of sexual situations it mentions. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Candace Mack
3.0 out of 5 stars the face on the milk carton
I thought this book was interesting and I read quickly! The only thing I didn't like was there was too much kissing.
Published 2 months ago by Naomi
3.0 out of 5 stars An easy read although I found a little bit repetitive
An easy read although I found a little bit repetitive. Can see why this is a hit with the teen market
Published 2 months ago by Ebbd
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 3 months ago by John Epstein
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay book.
I like this book because it keeps you thinking which draws a lot of your attention to the events. The story was all over the place which made it confusing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Murat Sagnak
5.0 out of 5 stars Complicated families, because who doesn't have one
Yes, this is a book meant for the young adult crowd, and yes, I'm a full fledged adult, but I still enjoyed the book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Swbwalt
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