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Whatever Happened to Janie? Paperback – May 22, 2012
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The sequel to The Face on the Milk Carton explores the trauma of a kidnapped adopted child returned to her birth parents. "The power and nature of love is wrenchingly illustrated," wrote PW in a starred review. Ages 12-up. (Oct.)q
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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Grade 7-10-- Cooney's The Face on the Milk Carton (Bantam, 1990) involved a 15-year-old girl who discovers she had been kidnapped when she was 3. Those left hanging by the ambiguous ending to that story will want to read this sequel in which Janie goes to live with her biological parents and four siblings. Although all of the family members are eager to include her, she's determined to remain emotionally aloof. Finally, Janie asserts her desire to return to her adopted family, and her biological parents love her enough to let her go. The strength of this book is that all of the parties are easy to empathize with. They are well-rounded characters with quirks and annoying qualities, yet all have compassion for "the other guy," even while feeling their own pain. The suspense centers around the question of which family needs Janie more and which she will choose. There is no clear answer to her dilemma since both love her and have suffered through no fault of their own. While Janie ultimately puts her own feelings first by choosing the family that is "real" to her, the stage is set for future changes of heart and perhaps another sequel. Meanwhile, this book won't gather dust on the shelf. --Jacqueline Rose, Southeast Regional Library, NC
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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Further, none of the Spring children seem to have been given any guidance about their expectations of their lost sister. Janie is met with hostility because she (quite rightly) is overwhelmed at being taken away from the life and family she knows and dropped into an alien situation. Because she has a hard time answering to a different name or calling strangers 'Mom and Dad', she's branded a rotten person and spoiled brat. Is it any shock she's acting out and not making any attempts to fit in?
Overall Cooney had written a well crafted novel that does a great job of capturing the chaotic emotions and heart-rending choices of a terrible situation. A terrific follow up to "The Face on the Milk Carton".