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The Face on the Milk Carton

by Caroline B. Cooney

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Caught the movie version of this last week and went to see how much it cost on Kindle. I got a deal, so decided to reread it for the first time in a really long time. It was one of the most compelling YA reads I remember from my tween years. I don't expect it to read the same as it did then, but I think it will hold up pretty well. ( )
  gentlespirit512 | Nov 22, 2016 |
I remember reading this book when I was younger and really enjoying it. Even now it is still a really great book. I had no idea there were so many other books in the series. I look forward to seeing how it ends. ( )
  KeriLynneD | Sep 20, 2016 |
I read this series in Jr. High and suffice to say it rocked my world. I became so addicted to Caroline B. Cooney's works that I read anything of hers I could get my hands on. She is one of those authors who pioneered the Young Adult market, in my opinion. Her mystery and intrigue is paramount and her first volume of this series is the prime example of how it should be done. ( )
  JSilverwood | Aug 27, 2016 |
Very interesting. ( )
  katieloucks | Feb 26, 2016 |
I've had this book in my TBR for years and now I've finally gotten around to reading it.
Pictures of missing children on the backs of milk cartons are common in Janie's High School lunchroom. But these children have been missing for over 10 years, who could ever recognize a teenager by a picture of a three year old? Janie does, because the child is her.

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Sounds like a super exciting book to me. Sadly, the first half of the book just isn't as fast-paced or suspenseful as I thought it would be, but it picks up a bit towards the end. I also think there is some confusion with the "young adult" classification: the writing style feels younger, but the conversations feel on the older (high school) side. I liked it enough to read the sequel (eventually), but the fact that there is a sequel irritates me.

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After she heard her parents' story I was afraid she was going to believe it. Their explanation was kind of weak, and it ignored a lot of things like why her parents said she had a milk allergy right when her picture started showing up on cartons, but she didn't appear to have any aversion to milk later. All that set-up of her lying parents in the beginning really had me thinking through, and preparing, conspiracies for her kidnapping, but none of it was needed because their lame story ended up being mostly true! Believe it or not, that turn of events was not nearly as annoying as the book ending in the middle of conversation. I don't mind sequels when the 1st book is so compelling I need more, but I hate when I have to read them to finish up the story of a 200 page book which wasn't incredibly gripping to begin with. ( )
  MelanieTid | Feb 17, 2016 |
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Nobody ever paid close attention to the faces that appeared at the back of the milk cartons. However, one day Janie Johnson glanced at the back of the milk carton. It was a face of a three year old girl with her hair in pig tails, wearing a white collar dress. It said that the three year old girl had been kidnapped twelve years ago from a shopping mall. Janie first didn't realize that the girl on the milk carton was her, but the three year old girl was Janie Johnson.

With shock, Janie started to find clues, because she possibly couldn’t believe that her parents had kidnapped her. However, the clues that Janie had put together didn’t make any sense. What really happened twelve years ago? How did Janie end up showing in the milk carton that she had been kidnapped?
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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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A photograph of a missing girl on a milk carton leads Janie on a search for her real identity.

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