The Face on the Milk Carton Author:Caroline B. Cooney 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 fel... more »t 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?« less
I've seen the movie based on this book and the sequel. The book was a fast read but well-written. And it leaves off on a cliffhanger, so you might want to make sure you have the next book before starting this one.
I started reading all four books when I was 15 and been reading them over and over again eversince (I'm 23 know), but this one is my favorite. I wish more books put you on the edge like this one. Also Coroline B. Cooney is a great writer. For all ages.
This is the second in this series I've read about child abduction. Telling the story from the child's viewpoint at 16 is quite interesting. When a teenager finds her face on a milk carton she begins to remember her lost childhood. She was abducted at age three and the memories come back slowly, stimulated at first by the dress the little girl is wearing that she remembered. The vacillating emotions seem natural as she wonders what her parents were like but still she loves the parents she now has. Did her current parents taker her from her original family? I think the author caught the emotions quite well - so well that at times I felt like crying with this young woman. How the story is resolved continues in following books.