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What Janie Found by Caroline B. Cooney

What Janie Found (2000)

by Caroline B. Cooney

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Another great book in this series. I love reading how each character is growing and maturing. ( )
  KeriLynneD | Sep 20, 2016 |
After her father’s stroke, Janie is put in charge of the household finances only to learn that her father has been financially supporting Janie’s kidnapper all these years. Concluding volume of the “Face on the Milk Carton” series.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Janie Johnson recognized herself on the back of a milk carton. Soon she learned she was a victim of kidnapping, but the people raising her were not her kidnappers. They sincerely believed she was their granddaughter when their estranged daughter had brought her to them until they, with Janie, learned the truth. Janie knows her biological family, but continues to live with the parents who raised her. When her adoptive father suffers a stroke, Janie helps her adoptive mother and finds some devastating information. Her adoptive father has been supporting her kidnapper all along. Janie concocts an plan to confront her kidnapper while on a college visit with her biological brother and an ex-boyfriend. This is the fourth book in the Janie Johnson series, which began in 1990. Despite its age, the series still has fans. Like in other books, Cooney creates emotional tension and suspense that keeps readers going. However, this offering seems to lack substance in a way the other novels do not. Still, collections that serve fans of the series are going to need this one. ( )
  MissyAnn | Dec 13, 2014 |
Janie has found evidence that Hannah (her kidnapper from 13ish years ago, and daughter of Janie's not-real parents who raised her under false pretenses, is receiving money from her not-real father four times a year. However, Janie's parents have both sword before law-enforcement officials on many occasions that they have no knowledge of Hannah's whereabouts. They have decided to let her stay lost so as not to dig up their painful past yet again. Armed with her new information, Janie convinces her real brother from her biological family and her ex-boyfriend to go with her to Boulder Colorado and visit Janie's other biological brother in college, under false pretenses. Because Boulder, Colorado is also where Janie's not-real father sends those checks... ( )
  LaneLiterati | Apr 23, 2013 |
I was thoroughly disappointed with the "conclusion" to the "quartet." It began slowly, muddled through the middle, and then ended exactly as thing happened throughout the rest of the story. Cooney could have picked almost any point in the book to end it and the effect would have been the same.
Stephen is one of the worst, most obnoxious, least sympathetic characters I have ever met...until we meet his girlfriend. Even worse than that, is Cooney tries her damnedest (through Janie) to try and rationalize their behavior and apologize for it.
Even though I felt very betrayed by the lack of an ending in this book, I'm not entirely certain I'll be seeking out the additional ending to the series anytime soon (obviously I'm not the only one who despised the ending if Cooney felt the need to tack on an extra book after the end of the quartet). ( )
  benuathanasia | Mar 2, 2013 |
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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

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While still adjusting to the reality of having two families, her birth family and the family into which she was kidnapped as a small child, seventeen-year-old Janie makes a shocking discovery about her long-gone kidnapper.

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