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What Janie Found Mass Market Paperback – February 12, 2002

3.9 out of 5 stars 111 customer reviews
Book 4 of 5 in the Janie Johnson Series

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The story began when teenage Janie Johnson recognized her younger self as The Face on the Milk Carton. It continued when she tried to fit in with her birth family, leaving her "real" parents grieving about Whatever Happened to Janie. The complicated saga took a vicious turn when Janie's boyfriend Reeve betrayed her, broadcasting her troubles as The Voice on the Radio. Finally, we are provided with a suspenseful, satisfying conclusion as Caroline B. Cooney reveals What Janie Found.

The discovery that her adoptive father has been secretly supporting Janie's kidnapper, Hannah, fills Janie with anger and loathing. True, Hannah is his daughter, but long ago she abandoned her parents for a cult, coming back only for a few hours to leave a 3-year-old child with them she claimed was their granddaughter. Janie grew up thinking they were her parents--until that day when her own face looked back at her from the milk carton. Now her father lies unconscious in the hospital, and Janie has found an address in his files that will lead her to the woman who decimated two families. With the reluctant help of Reeve and her brother Brian, Janie sets out to find the enigmatic Hannah and face her down with questions, even though she knows the answers may destroy them all.

Caroline Cooney is a master of the psychological page-turner, and here she pulls together all the threads of this emotionally complex story for a rousing finale to her most popular series. (Ages 10 to 14) --Patty Campbell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Fans of the series may be reluctant to say good-bye to Janie Johnson, the unwitting kidnap victim whose efforts to deal with the trauma of her belated discovery of the circumstances surrounding her kidnapping have filled three riveting novels (beginning with The Face on the Milk Carton). Chances are they'll snap up this installment, which the publisher bills as the conclusion. Here Janie's "kidnap father," Frank Johnson, is gravely ill, and Janie, managing the accounting books while Mr. Johnson is in the hospital, discovers that all along he has been sending money to his birth daughter, HannahAJanie's kidnapper. Janie feels betrayed, and so might the audience, given that an infallible character had found proof of Hannah's death in the preceding installment, The Voice on the Radio. After much gnashing of teeth and lengthy speculations by the major characters (Janie, boy-next-door Reeve and Janie's real brother Brian), they end up going to Colorado, where Hannah lives, because Janie wants to confront her. Conveniently, Janie and Brian's older brother attends college there and has only recently learned that his girlfriend happens to be the daughter of a retired FBI agent. Fortunately, the conflicts roil as hotly as the coincidences. While this novel is the weakest in the sequence, Cooney remains a master of the gossipy, insider-style narration, and she never tips her hand. The answer to "what Janie found" will keep readers guessing all the way to the end. Ages 12-up. (Jan.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf (February 12, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440227720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440227724
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.6 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,205,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on April 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"What Janie Found" was one of the 3 sequels to the book "The Face on the Milk Carton". It is once again about Janie. Some other characters are Reeve, Janie's ex-boyfriend, Mrs. Johnson, Janie's "mother", Stephen, Janie's older brother, and Brian, Janie's other, younger, brother. This time, Janie's father as had a heart attack / stroke and is in the hospital while Janie handles the buisness afairs. Janie finds something that she wants to get to the bottom of, something having to do with H.J. A foulder (dun, dun, dun!). Now Janie goes to Blouder, NC to do some work while "visiting" her brother, Stephen. She goes with Reeve and Brian. They meet Stephen there (because that's where he goes to college) and he's with his annoying girl friend, Katherine, who always wants to know more about Janie and what happened with the kidnapping. I think the book "What Janie Found" was a very good book becuase once again, Caroline B. Cooney brings the character of Janie alive for ME. She makes Janie fun to read about, too. I think that anyone who likes the idea of suspence and reading should read this book because it is very suspenceful and the end of the chapters makes you want to read more and more. :) reading "What Janie Found" was fun for me...I liked the book very much and I think you should read it, too!
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By A Customer on May 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"What Janie Found" by Carolyn B. Cooney
Janie Johnson, or shall I say Jenny Spring? Janie, the name that she chooses to keep, finds out that her parents aren't realy her true parents, but they are the only parents that she has ever known. "What Janie Found" is the fourth book in the Janie series. In this book, Janie's curiosity and hatred toward Hannah (her kiddnapper) leads her to try and find Hannah. Her father had fallen into a coma, and Janie had to help with the bills, cleaning up, and other chores. While she searches through the bills, she finds a file labled "HJ". She knew that this simply means one thing: Hannah Johnson. She peers into the folder and finds a check with an address. That's where Hannah is! All this time her father had been supporting Hannah. Janie had thought that Hannah was dead, in a cult somewhere, in a bad situation, but atleast she was out of there lives! One thing: Janie knows something about the place where Hannah is. This is where... this is the place I shall stop, or I will give it all away. Read this book to find out what happends.
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Format: Hardcover
"What Janie Found" is another good book in "The Face on the Milk Carton" series, but I don't think the series should be over yet!
The series starts in "The Face on the Milk Carton" when Janie finds that she was kidnapped as a child, by her "parents'" daughter. Then, in "Whatever Happened to Janie?" she tried living with her birth family. Her boyfriend, Reeve, betrayed her by telling her story on his radio show, in "The Voice on the Radio, and now, in this book, there is another turn of events.
When Janie's "father" has a heart attack and a stroke, she helps out by becoming his secretary and sorting his bills. However, she notices a simple folder labled "HJ". "Hannah Johnson", she immediately knows, and she wants to find out why there is a folder for her. She thought Hannah was dead and free from hurting them again, forever!
This was a good book, though rather short and unfinished, compared to the other books in the series. I'd recommend it to any young adult fan of these books, however! Be sure to read the others in the series, first, and you may also enjoy the TV movie, "The Face on the Milk Carton".
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By A Customer on January 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This well written, excellent book really gives a conclusion to the Janie saga. While some sequels are not as good as the original, this one is. It has all of the adventure of the first three books, plus more. Anyone who reads this book can really get sucked into Janie's struggle, from the beggining to the last page.
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A Kid's Review on October 19, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
We already know Janie, or Jennie, was kidnapped by Hannah Javenson. What we didn't know is that Janie's father, Mr. Johnson, has secretly been supporting Hannah by sending her checks every month. Janie finds this out when she is put in charge of the bills because her father has a stroke. Janie decides to go find Hannah at the postal box the checks are sent to. She creates a plan to go visit her brother, Stephen, at college in Colorado. When she gets there, however, her friend Reeve and her younger brother Brian dissuade her from going to find Hannah. Luckily, she doesn't go, and making that decision helped her a lot. I thought this book was good, but not great. I would, though, recommend the book for those who enjoyed the first three books.

The main reason I thought this book was just okay but not wonderful was because I liked the other three books better. Since this book was the last in the series, I was hoping for more excitement than ever. I was a bit disappointed that this novel was not as suspenseful or interesting as I had hoped and expected. For example, while other characters in the book didn't know that Hannah was being supported by Mr. Johnson, Janie and the reader did. I wished that, like the other three books, the reader would be just as confused as Janie and the other characters.

On the other hand, there were reasons that I liked this book. I was really glad that Caroline B. Cooney kept the same characters with the same personalities as in the previous books. I fell in love with all the characters in the first book, and I continued to love them throughout the whole series. In the third book, she added a lot of new characters. In this novel, however, she only incorporated one new character, which was Stephen's girlfriend, Kathleen.
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