Book Reviews of The Face on the Milk Carton

The Face on the Milk Carton
The Face on the Milk Carton
Author: Caroline B. Cooney
ISBN-13: 9780553289589
ISBN-10: 0553289586
Publication Date: 4/1/1991
Pages: 184
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 34 ratings
Publisher: Starfire
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
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.
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Helpful Score: 4
I haven't found a child that didn't like this book :) It is a suspenseful read that isn't too difficult.

Some of us are old enough to remember when the pictures of missing children were featured on milk cartons.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is the first book in the Janie series, and the only one of the 4 I really enjoyed, although it does leave you with more questions than answers.
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Helpful Score: 2
great suspense for young preteens.
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Helpful Score: 2
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.
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Helpful Score: 2
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.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great book!!! read the sequals as well!
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Helpful Score: 1
I liked the book, my 8th grader didn't care for it too much.
It definitely makes you want to read the next book.
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Helpful Score: 1
Suspenceful and extremely good.
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Helpful Score: 1
classic. a contemporary 'mystery' with a very personal side. i loved the janie series as a younger girl.
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Helpful Score: 1
The story was interesting, but the author leaves a lot to be desired. Many points are brought up, but never filled out. Still a good quick read though.
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Helpful Score: 1
Simply a classic. Finding your own face on a milk carton and trying to find all the answers to the hidden secrets..
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Helpful Score: 1
"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--hair in tight pigtails, a dress with a narrow white collar, a three-year-old who had been kidnapped twelve years ago from a shopping mall in New Jersey--she felt overcome with shock. She recognized that little girl--it was herself. 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 and Janie is afaid to find out what happened more than twelve years ago. Are Mr. and Mrs. Johnson really Janie's parents? And if not, who is Janie Johnson, and what really happened?"
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Helpful Score: 1
I remember really enjoying this book as a young teen. This is the story of a young lady who recognizes her own face as a missing child on a milk carton years later and her reaction.
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Liked this book when I read it as a teen. It was a good read, they also made a movie about this book. I would recomend this book for a teen.
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A good book, suspenseful. i would recommend it for young adults
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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.
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this book kept me reading. i didn't stop reading this. along with the other books. Caroline B. Cooney, her books are awsome and great for teenagers.
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Excellent pre-teen and teenager book; sometimes the face of the milk carton is familiar . ..
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A quick read, very interesting story line.
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As Janie glanced at the face on the milk carton she is overcome with shock. She recognizes the little girl - it's herself. How could this be true? Follow this teenagers story as she discovers what happened many years ago.
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A girl suddenly finds her face on the back of a Milk Carton- revealing that she was kidnapped at a young age by her "parents"
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Young adult novel about the realization that your family may not be who they appear...
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The companion to "Whatever Happened to Janie?"
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This was not what I was looking for or expecting after having read a basic summary. First there is a whole romantic aspect that I would not have guessed was there. Secondly this is a four part series which according to others goes down hill but in order to reach a some what satisfying you have to read. Thirdly the ending to this book is definetly a cliff hanger. Fourthly it is definetly a young adult book in terms of writing style (e.i. descriptions, length ect) which as a teen I found not to be enough. It does have a good build up and decent plot line but overall I would not have picked it had I known what I was getting into.
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Maybe a good story for teens but I got bored quickly, I won't pass this copy along as it very old and not what I consider good shape.
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This was a short book that I really enjoyed reading. It was a very quick read. The only thing I didn't care for was the ending...a little neat and tidy for the subject matter.
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This was not what I was looking for or expecting after having read a basic summary. First there is a whole romantic aspect that I would not have guessed was there. Secondly this is a four part series which according to others goes down hill but in order to reach a some what satisfying you have to read. Thirdly the ending to this book is definetly a cliff hanger. Fourthly it is definetly a young adult book in terms of writing style (e.i. descriptions, length ect) which as a teen I found not to be enough. It does have a good build up and decent plot line but overall I would not have picked it had I known what I was getting into.
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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.
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I have read this book over 5 times, it is very intersting and I just could not put it down. I also shared the books with my coworkers and they also agreed that out of the 4 books this is the best.
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I remember reading this book as a young teenager and loved it! Great story that keeps young readers engaged.
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I really enjoyed this book and could not put it down. I read it in one evening. Now I want to read the other books in the series.
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Interesting pre-teen book.
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I liked this book. I read it a long time ago, but when I did, it had me on the edge of my seat.
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Like many women of my generation, I originally read this book when I was in middle school, not too long after it came out. Along with Sweet Valley High and The Babysitters Club, this was one of my favorite go to reads. It was always easy to pick up, and seemed light hearted at the time. At this point, I probably havent read this book in at least sixteen years, so I was curious to see how it would hold up when I compared it to my memories.

As a kid, I was fascinated by Janies life and the disaster that was crashing down around her. I was the oldest of six kids and Id be lying if I said I didnt envy Janie. It always seemed like a nice idea, to go from a huge family to a small one. Except, of course, Janie didnt know where she had come from, so she wasnt exactly relishing in it like I imagined I would have been. So to an extent, this was a fun escape fantasy for me when I was younger.

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This was a quick read and a good book. It was hard to put it down but in the end it was life changing or earth shattering.
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daughter loves this series
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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 mail 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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From the back cover
No one ever really paid lose attention to the fac4es of the missing children on the milk cartons, But as Janie Johnson glanced at the face of the ordinary little girl wiht her hair in tight pigtails, wearing a dresw 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?
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This was a very good book. Well written...
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It's a good book
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a woman recognizes herself as the face on the milk carton
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On my Mt. Toobie Read pile.