The Face On the Milk Carton Author:Caroline B. Cooney From School Library Journal: — Grade 7-10-- The message on the milk carton reads, "Have you seen this child?" Three-year-old Jennie Spring was kidnapped 12 years earlier, but Janie Johnson, looking at the photo, suddenly knows that she is that child. Fragments of memory and evidence accumulate, and when she demands to know about her early childho... more »od years, her parents confess what they believe to be true, that she is really their grandchild, the child of their long-missing daughter who had joined a cult. Janie wants to accept this, but she cannot forget Jennie's family and their loss. Finally, almost against her will, she seeks help and confides in her parents. Her mother insists that she call the Spring family, and the book ends as she calls them. Many young people fantasize about having been adopted or even kidnapped, but the decisions Janie must face are painful and complex, and she experiences denial, anger, and guilt while sorting her way toward a solution. Janie's boyfriend -- sensible, funny, with problems of his own -- is an excellent foil for her intensity. Their romance is natural and believable. Cooney again demonstrates an excellent ear for dialogue and a gift for protraying responsible middle-class teen-agers trying to come to terms with very real concerns.« 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 loved this book, was very good throughout, but I was just a little disappointed by the ending. Keeps building up thru the whole book, but then the ending was not as good as I thought it would have been. Im glad I read it.
From the cover:
No one ever really paid close attention to faces of the missing children on the milk cartons. Janie Johnson glanced at the face of the ordinary little girl - she felt overcome with shock. It was herself.