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The Face On The Milk Carton

by Caroline B. Cooney

Random House Children's Books | April 1, 1991 | Mass Market Paperbound

The Face On The Milk Carton is rated 4.9118 out of 5 by 34.
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?

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 208 pages, 7.29 × 5.84 × 0.59 in

Published: April 1, 1991

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440220653

ISBN - 13: 9780440220657

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good The first book of the series about a girl who found her face on a milk carton during lunch. She begins to question her parents and if they really did kidnap her.
Date published: 2009-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive This is one book that you just cant put down. The concept is fresh and inviting, even after 10+ years of it being published its still a page turner. I would highly recommend reading this and then if your still interested in Janie (which you will be) to continue off to the next 3 books about her.
Date published: 2008-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER One of my favorite books of all time.YOU HAVE TO READ IT!!!!!!
Date published: 2008-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What if your Whole Life was a Sham? Janie Johnson is fifteen, in High School. Her parents are parent-like and she’s learning how to drive. Things seem simple enough until she’s eating lunch in the cafeteria and peers down on her milk to see a familiar face. It’s the same face she sees looking up at her in the family photo albums. It’s a three-year old Janie Johnson, and she had been kidnapped. Janie’s whole world is about to change. Not many young girls get into High School without reading at least one book by Caroline B. Cooney. Her writing style would find itself perfectly accesible in the Kids 9-12 section, but due to her frequent use of horror and other situations that might scare the little ones, she fits right in Teen. Her books are small and very unintimidating with a swift pacing that keeps you interested. Although written for girls, many of her suspenseful books might hold interest for boys as well. Her other series (the only other, as far as I know) is a fantasy. The Face on the Milk Carton begins a series that continues with Whatever Happened to Janie?, The Voice on the Radio and concludes with What Janie Found. The series doesn’t need to be read in it’s entirety, but if you read the next you won’t know how you did without it.
Date published: 2007-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW this book only had one word to describe it.....WOW!! I loved it. From the moment i started I couldnt put it down. There were many twists (WHICH I I LOVE) there was love involved and mystery so its a good read for all! i suggest ages 12 and up. I LOVE THIS BOOK AND I CANT WAIT TO READ THE ONE AFTER IT!
Date published: 2006-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My fav This book is great till the end. You can't put it down. Janie is an amazing character and that's what get's you hooked. The choices have so many outcomes that they are unpredictable
Date published: 2006-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripper I hate reading; but for an english assignment i had to finish a book in a month, my friend finished her book early and it was the face on the milk carton. She finised her book in less than 24 hours and recomended it to me so i read it and i didnt even need a month to finish; i finished in less than 8 hours! Then i decided to get the other 3 books; What ever happened to Janie; The Voice on the Radio; and What Janie Found..i reread the face on the milk carton this summer and the other 3 books in 6 days No airtime..It was amazing and usually i DONT read during the summer.Nothing can compare to this book!
Date published: 2005-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book I've read! This book was great! I couldn't put it down! If I were Janie Johnson, finding that 12 years ago I was kidknapped, I would be very eager to find out who my real parents were, just like she did. The author gave many details on how Janie acted during this hard time. I would find it very hard to keep it a secret from everyone but my best friend, not even letting my parents know. After I finished this book, I couldn't wait to get the other 3 books. The story was so well written, and the author left you on the edge of your seat by the very end! All you can do is read it!
Date published: 2004-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! As soon as I started to read this book, I couldn't put it down. Cooney has an amazing imagination for this book, and I can't wait to read Whatever Happened to Janie !
Date published: 2003-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a masterpiece It was delightful I enjoyed the plot and though i was disapointed at the end i just bought the rest of the other books and were filled in so all in all i enjoyed it all.
Date published: 2003-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great i think thats a great book i mean its probly how any one would act if they found out that they where one of the little kids on a milk Carton thanxs to my libary teacher for showin it to me
Date published: 2003-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book Ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This book is one you can't put down! The reason I read it was because a teacher of mine recemended it! I am starting the fourth book and #'s 2 and 3 are very good! It felt like I was there because she describes it so well! IF YOU HAVEN'T READ IT THEN YOU HAVE GOT TO READ IT!
Date published: 2002-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Awesome Book!! This book is very exciting and you're glued to it the whole way through! Once I finished it I new I had to read the other three books! You really get attached to Janie Johnson and it is well worth reading! If you read it you should read the other three! It feels like it could really happen and that your in the story!
Date published: 2002-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!! This book was great!! The other ones are good too: Whatever Happened to Janie, the Voice on The Radio, and What Janie found!!! Read it!!
Date published: 2002-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was really great I found that the book was not only interesting, but addictive.
Date published: 2002-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!! Recommended it to everyone I knew This book was great. It is a book for anyone who likes mystery and a bit of suspence. Read and find out for your self. It is Great.
Date published: 2002-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read!! I enjoyed this book so much that i finished it in 6 hrs. i was up 'til 2am reading. u can not put down this whole serious.
Date published: 2002-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Great Book I loved this book so much!! I couldn't put it down!!! I recommend this book to anyone from 13-18! I believe that you'd have to get the 2nd and 3rd and 4th book that follows this!
Date published: 2002-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Face on the milk carton This Fabulous book by Caroline B. Cooney was one of the best books i have ever read. Mixed with Romance,mystery and adventure. Caroline catches your eye with a well described main character.
Date published: 2001-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't miss it! What a perfect idea for a book!!! A lot of mystery and just the right amount of romance! Another job well done Cooney!!!! I recomend this book to anywone out there! I'm sure you'll love it as much as i and everyone else did!
Date published: 2001-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The BEST book in the world! Wow! That's what I said after I finished the book, THE FACE ON THE MILK CARTON. This book is so amazing, I finished it in 3 hours. This book was more than just pages with words- it was a story with a purpose. Even though the situation is rare in real life, it still was an exceptional book for young readers.
Date published: 2001-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from terrific!!! This book is one of Caroline B. Cooney's best! This story shows emotion and really spoke to me. As an avid reader i loved this book. I recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense! If you have read this book try the sequels... Whatever Happenned to Janie and The Voice on the Radio. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK AND ENJOY!!!!!!
Date published: 2000-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from soooo good This book was amazing. You could feel what Janie was thinking, and you would obviously know how hard her choices were. It was suspenseful, and you don't know what would happen next. I couldn't put it down. When I found out there were sequels, I had to read them too, I had to know what happened to her. Its great, you have to read it.
Date published: 2000-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Fav! This is my favorite book in the whole world! I pre-ordered everyone of the series from chapters when I first heard about them. I think that this book is full of adventure and is really based on a trust of a family. I mean that Janie had to trust her mother about her birth certificate and her real mother Hannah. I feel really bad for the Springs having to wait 12 years before hearing anything from their daughter. I believe that Janie would have never known about her "kidnapping" if she would not have seen that milk carton. This is a book based on alot of emotions and feelings toward other people.
Date published: 2000-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Milk Carton Phenomenon This book was a Excellent choice for myself. The author was very original of creating such a massive novel. First, A young girl around 15, found a milk carton with a missing face on it. She realised that the face was hers. The book has a shocking ending with 3 more sequals to finish it. I just loved the idea and thats why I gave a 5 star rank.
Date published: 2000-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the BEST books I'v EVER read! As I soon as I saw the title I thought it was a good book and my predictions were proved right as soon as I started reading the book.I just couldn't put it down,I had to keep on reading and find out what happens.And as soon as I finished it I went out and bought the next one.It is awsome.If more people read it I know they will agree with me.I give it two thumbs up and if I had more thumbs I'd put those up too!
Date published: 2000-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book To Remember EXCELLENT! That could be the only word to describe this EXCELLENT book. Cooney makes you understand Janie and her feelings that put you into the book. It makes you imagine what would happen if you saw yourself on a milk carton.
Date published: 2000-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book I Have read in a Long Time I just finished reading this book today and WOW! is all I have to say! I was glued to this book for 3 days as I read it. It is amazing and well written and I can't wait to get my hands on Whatever Happened to Janie. If you haven't read it read it.!
Date published: 2000-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Caroline B. Cooney, you've done it again! As the first novel in a trilogy this story was a riveting display of heart, warmth and sadness. Caroline B. Cooney has caught the readers hearts and made them shed tears, laugh, and smile as Janie goes about her unexpected journey of finding her biological parents. I would recommend this novel to anyone who wants a good read and a heartbreaking story as well!
Date published: 2000-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Face on the milk carton This book was amazing! I couldn't put it down! I strongly recomend this book to everyone. I'm very picky when it comes to books, and this is so far the only book i've read without putting down. I read it today and the first thing i'm gonna do tommarrow is get "Whatever happened to Janie?" I hope that caroline b. cooney writes a lot more books like this one. So take it from a thirteen year old, GET IT!
Date published: 2000-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never Reviewed This book is a tearjerker and puts you on the edge of your seats. To learn more about Janey, simply read Whatever Happened to Janey?
Date published: 1999-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Face On The Milk Carton When I first started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. I even woke up in the middle of the night to read it!!!!!! I finished it in a day!!!! Right after I HAD to read the continuations!!! It was the BEST book i've ever read!!!!!
Date published: 1999-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Face On the milk carton It is a awseome story for any one I could not put it down she is a great author!
Date published: 1999-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST! I loved this book. The 3rd on is the BEST book ever. You have to get her to write another one. i love them!
Date published: 1999-05-07

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The Face On The Milk Carton

by Caroline B. Cooney

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 208 pages, 7.29 × 5.84 × 0.59 in

Published: April 1, 1991

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440220653

ISBN - 13: 9780440220657

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Janie finished her essay. She never knew what grade she would get in Mr. Brylowe''s English class. Whenever she joked, he wanted the essay serious. Whenever she was serious, he had intended the essay to be lighthearted. It was October. Outdoors throbbed with autumn. She could feel the pulse of the deep-blue skies. With every leaf wrenched off its twig and whirled by the wind, Janie felt a tug. She felt like driving for hours; taking any road at all; just going. Actually Janie was only fifteen and had barely started driving lessons. She was having driving fantasies because of dinner last night. Her parents--as always--had taken opposite sides. Setting themselves up like a debate team, her mother and father would argue until some invisible marital timer rang. Then they would come to terms, rushing to meet in the middle. Until last night her mother had said Janie could begin driving while her father said she could not. "She''s just a baby," said her father, in the infuriating, affectionate way of fathers. "She''s old, " said Janie''s mother lightly. "Practically a woman. A sophomore in high school." "I hate when that happens," her father grumbled. "I like my little girl to stay little. I''m against all this growing up.'' He wound some of Janie''s hair around his wrist. Janie had fabulous hair: a wild, chaotic mane of red curls glinting gold. People always commented on it. As her best friend, Sarah-Charlotte, said, "Janie, that is
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From the Publisher

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?

From the Jacket

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?

About the Author

Caroline B. Cooney is the author of Goddess of Yesterday (an ALA Notable Children’s Book); The Ransom of Mercy Carter; and The Face on the Milk Carton (an IRA–CBC Children’s Choice). She lives in Westbrook, CT.

Author Interviews

Caroline Cooney was born in 1947 and grew up in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. An excellent student and ambitious youth, she loved school and was involved in many different activities. By the time she was in tenth grade, Cooney played the piano for musical productions, directed a choir, and had a job as a church organist. Always an avid reader, Cooney often read series books such as The Hardy Boys and Cherry Ames . These characters had a big influence on her life and in fact, she says " Cherry Ames, Student Nurse , was my reason to go to nursing school in Boston later in life."  Cooney graduated from Greenwich High School in 1965 and attended various colleges, where she studied music, art, and English. It was in college that she began writing, and discovered a talent and joy in what would become an award-winning writing career. Cooney professes, "I love writing and do not know why it is considered such a difficult, agonizing profession. I love all of it, thinking up the plots, getting to know the kids in the story, their parents, backyards, pizza toppings." Cooney’s love of writing for young adults is clearly demonstrated in her numerous celebrated novels including: Driver’s Ed (An ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults, and a Booklist Editors’ Choice), Among Friends (A New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age), Twenty Pageants Later (An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers), and the time travel novels, Both S
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From Our Editors

A young girl is shocked to discover the face on a milk carton is her face when she was a young child. Are her parents her real parents, or was she kidnapped as a young child?

Bookclub Guide

Caroline Cooney was born in 1947 and grew up in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. An excellent student and ambitious youth, she loved school and was involved in many different activities. By the time she was in tenth grade, Cooney played the piano for musical productions, directed a choir, and had a job as a church organist. Always an avid reader, Cooney often read series books such as The Hardy Boys and Cherry Ames. These characters had a big influence on her life and in fact, she says "Cherry Ames, Student Nurse, was my reason to go to nursing school in Boston later in life."
Coooney graduated from Greenwich High School in 1965 and attended various colleges, where she studied music, art, and English. It was in college that she began writing, and discovered a talent and joy in what would become an award-winning writing career. Cooney professes, "I love writing and do not know why it is considered such a difficult, agonizing profession. I love all of it, thinking up the plots, getting to know the kids in the story, their parents, backyards, pizza toppings."
Cooney’s love of writing for young adults is clearly demonstrated in her numerous celebrated novels including: Driver’s Ed (An ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults, and a Booklist Editors’ Choice), Among Friends (A New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age), Twenty Pageants Later (An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers), and the time travel novels, Both Sides of Time and Out of Time. She is a master of mixing spellbinding suspense with thought-provoking insight into teenagers’ lives.
Among Cooney’s most popular books are the bestselling novels The Face on the Milk Carton, Whatever Happened to Janie? and The Voice on the Radio. These gripping novels tell the story of Janie Johnson, a young girl who recognizes herself in a picture of a missing child on a milk carton, and subsequently unravels a complicated history of abduction, fear and deceit. To satisfy the hundreds of fans wanting to know more, Cooney concluded Janie’s captivating story with What Janie Found, a gripping novel of betrayal.
author fun facts
Born: May 10 in Geneva, New York
Education: Greenwich, CT schools and various colleges
Residence:
Westbrook, CT
Children: Louisa, Sayre (rhymes with fair), Harold
Inspiration for writing: I love a good story. I love to make things up.
Favorite. . . hobbies: I read a lot. I buy books. I’m in a library (I use several) or a bookstore almost every day
because I have to be around other people’s books, too. I sing in several choirs, or play the piano for them.
. . . foods: I’m omnivorous.
. . . books: I read series books: Cherry Ames, Student Nurse, was the reason I went to nursing school. But my favorite series, and the only one I saved, was Magic by the Lake by Edward Eager.

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