The Voice on the Radio (Janie Johnson Series #3)

The Voice on the Radio (Janie Johnson Series #3)

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by Caroline B. Cooney

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The kidnapping is long past. Janie Johnson can never change what happened to her or to the families that love her. But finally life seems to be settling down for the Springs and the Johnsons.

The worst part of this new life for Janie is that Reeve Shields is away at college. Janie misses him terribly, no matter how many e-mails they send each other. As for…  See more details below


The kidnapping is long past. Janie Johnson can never change what happened to her or to the families that love her. But finally life seems to be settling down for the Springs and the Johnsons.

The worst part of this new life for Janie is that Reeve Shields is away at college. Janie misses him terribly, no matter how many e-mails they send each other. As for Reeve, he's finding life at college overwhelming. He goes to work at the school radio station, hoping a late-night gig will give him what he craves--popularity and fame. Reeve gets his chance to be the voice on the radio, and when he tells the most fascinating story he knows, his show becomes a sensation. Reeve is so sure that Janie will never discover what's making his
broadcast such a hit that he doesn't stop himself. But what will be the price for Janie?

As Janie knew, the facts about the little girl on the milk carton had to be uncovered, no matter how much pain they caused. Now the truth about what Reeve is doing must come out. Whose voice will help Janie when she must face not only her incredible past, but also her unknown future?

With the page-turning suspense that made The Face on the Milk Carton and Whatever Happened to Janie? best-sellers, Caroline B. Cooney once again explores the meaning of betrayal, the power of words, and the intensity of love.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Readers of Cooney's addictive The Face on the Milk Carton and Whatever Happened to Janie? can start licking their chops. This juicy novel serves up the further life and times of Janie Johnson, who in the previous works learned that she had been kidnapped at age three from one loving family and deposited with another. Cooney brings new readers up to speed ingeniously: Janie's boyfriend, Reeve, now a college freshman, is trying to make a name for himself at the campus radio station, and in desperation he resorts to brief installments of Janie's twisted history. He achieves almost instant popularity and fame, which help salve his conscience for betraying Janie's deepest confidences. Meanwhile Janie, a very private person, endures her senior year of high school, fending off incursions from reporters and curious classmates, and drawing closer to her birth family, the Springs. Janie hazards upon one of Reeve's broadcasts and is devastated; Cooney compensates for the predictability of this plotting with a few gorgeously timed surprises. What this novel (and its predecessors) lacks in credibility it makes up for in psychological accuracy and well-aimed, gossipy views of teensCooney seems to have a special radar for adolescent longings and insecurities, not to mention campus chic (one of Reeve's fellow deejays, for example, affects the on-air name Derek Himself). Janie's appeal is so believable that readers will want to believe in the story, too, especially in the tender scenes between Janie and her Spring mother. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) Nonfiction
The ALAN Review - Susanne L. Johnston
Caroline B. Cooney does it again with The Voice on the Radio. In this sequel to The Face on the Milk Carton and Whatever Happened to Janie?, it has been one year since Janie Johnson discovered she had been kidnapped as a child. Janie is a high-school junior and in love with Reeve. She finally feels that her life is somewhat normal and begins to reconcile with her biological family, but the voice on the radio destroys her trust. Cooney plots an engaging and realistic picture of betrayal, commitment, unconditional love, and forgiveness. Readers will not put the book down until they have seen how Janie comes to terms with those she has hurt, and with those who have hurt her.
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10This companion to The Face on the Milk Carton (Bantam, 1990) and Whatever Happened to Janie (Delacorte, 1993) provides more intimate details about characters that readers have come to know and care about. Janie Johnson first saw her face on a milk carton one year ago. Reeve Shields, her boyfriend, is now a college freshman and dreams of being a talk-show DJ. As he stares at the microphone in the control room of the campus radio station, the story of Janie's kidnapping at the age of three begins to slide out of his mouth and into the airwaves of Boston. Janie, in the meantime, is trying to recover from six months of nonstop confusion in her life, having recently learned about her past. When she accompanies her newfound sister and brother on a trip to visit colleges (and see her boyfriend) in Boston, Reeve's voice on the radio makes their tumultuous lives veer in a completely new direction. The complexity of human thought and actions is vividly portrayed through the author's distinctive prose, and readers are drawn deeply into the minds and hearts of the characters. Teens who have never read about Janie's circumstances are brought up to speed by the seamless intertwining of former events throughout the story. Cooney's outstanding command of emotional tension has taken this novel to extraordinary heights.Jana R. Fine, Clearwater Public Library System, FL
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Praise for The Voice on the Radio:

*"Cooney's outstanding command of emotional tension has taken this novel to extraordinary heights."
--School Library Journal, starred review

*"Readers of Cooney's addictive The Face on the Milk Carton and Whatever Happened to Janie? can start licking their chops."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review

*"A 'must purchase' .  .  .  .  The Voice on the Radio elicits a powerful response in readers and is a real page-turner, so plan to purchase multiple copies to satisfy the demands of your teen readers."
--Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

Also by Caroline B.  Cooney:

The Face on the Milk Carton is an IRA-CBC Children's Choice book, and Whatever Happened to Janie? was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults.

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Derek Himself stared incredulously. Cal, a deejay, and Vinnie, the station manager, who were the other two guys at the station tonight, looked up from their paperwork. All three began to snicker, and then actually to snort, with laughter, although background noise was forbidden when the mike was on; it would be picked up and broadcast. Once upon a time? A beginning for kindergartners. A beginning for fairy tales and picture books.

Reeve would never live it down. He really would have to transfer.

He pictured Cordell laughing at him. Laughed at by a roommate stupider and smellier than anybody on campus? He imagined the guys in the dorm yelling Loser! Loser! Guys he wanted to be friends with but hadn't pulled it off yet. Guys who would not be polite about how worthless Reeve was.

"Once upon a time," he repeated helplessly, stuck in horrible repetition of that stupid phrase.

And then talk arrived, like a tape that had come in the mail. For Reeve Shields really did know a story that began with "Once upon a time."

"I dated a dizzy redhead. Dizzy is a compliment. Janie was light and airy. Like hope and joy. My girlfriend," he said softly, into the microphone. Into the world.

"You know the type. Really cute, fabulous red hair, lived next door. Good in school, of course, girls like that always are. Janie had lots of friends and she was crazy about her mom and dad, because that's the kind of family people like that have."

Never had Reeve's voice sounded so rich and appealing.

"Except," said Reeve, "except one day in the school cafeteria, a perfectly ordinary day, when kids were stealing each other's desserts and spilling each other's milk, Janie just happened to glance down at the picture of that missing child printed on the milk carton."

His slow voice seemed to draw a half-pint of milk, with its little black-and-white picture of a missing child. It was almost visible, that little milk carton, that dim and wax-covered photograph.

"And the face on the milk carton," said Reeve, "was Janie herself."

He deepened his voice, moving from informative into mysterious. "They can't fit much information on the side of a half-pint," said Reeve, "but the milk carton said that little girl had been missing since she was three. Missing for twelve years."

In radio, you could not see your audience. Reeve could not know whether he really did have an audience. Radio was faith.

"Can you imagine if your daughter, or your sister, had disappeared twelve years ago? Twelve years have gone by, and yet you still believe. Surely somehow, somewhere, she must be waiting, and listening. You haven't given up hope. You refuse to admit she's probably dead by now, probably was dead all along. You believe there is a chance in a million that if you put her picture on a milk carton, she'll see it."

Beyond the mike, Reeve imagined dormitories--kids slouched on beds and floors, listening. Listening to him.

"Well," said Reeve, "she saw it."

From the Hardcover edition.

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The Voice on the Radio (Janie Johnson Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 112 reviews.
Mario Baez More than 1 year ago
i love this book and this series i would recomend this series to who ever likes mystery and surprises! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the 3 in the janie johnson series. These books r definatly a must read.
Amanda Tafeen More than 1 year ago
Awsome book
Caitlin Dunne More than 1 year ago
good book
psmith2383 More than 1 year ago
The Voice on the Radio is part of the Janie Johnson Series. This book along with the others are outstanding. Caroline B. Cooney is one of the best writers working today in literature for teen readers. Although I'm not a teenager, I'd have to say that her work would be enjoyed by many adults too. The book, from my perspective, focuses on two important themes: What is a family? and Who am I? We live in a era when the concept of what constitutes a family has changed. This book, along with the others in this series, beginning with FACE ON THE MILK CARTON, explores the idea of family and where that is in a person's life. The series also follows Janie (she's not even sure what her real name should be) in her journey to find who she is and where she belongs in her world. She was kidnapped a a young child and raised by another family and then as a teenager Janie discovers her biological family and must try to figure out where she belongs: with the people who raised her for a number of years or the family from whom she was taken as a child? The book Voice on the Radio (it could be read all by itself) is a chapter in Janie's life where her closest friend betrays her and reveals Janie's deep secret and she must deal with her friendship as well as how this seeming stab in the back hurts her. Yet ironically this thoughtless act by her best friend allows her to discover another clue in her search for her true identity. Janie is an interesting character and one who any teen could identify with (even adults). Nothing is predictable in this novel or even the series. Although Voice on the Radio may be read as a discrete story, I'd recommend starting with the first book and then moving through the four books in the series. Voice on the Radio is the third in the series. Five stars as one of the best stories I've read so far this year. Caroline B. Cooney is a treasure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
<3 I do really LOVE this series...and totally love Reeve still! Reeve was a total good guy, janie's rock in the 1st and 2nd books, but now he has messed up BIG...and Janie doesn't know if she can ever forgive him. It was a ok book, you have to read it to keep the series going to make it to the 4th. But I really wish Caroline B. Cooney would have put reeve's mess-up in like the second book so Janie and Reeve could be more together in the end. :-/ Or better yet, make another one!!! :-D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But janie should love her real new jersey parents insyead og the johnsons ! I loveee this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great follower.I loved it.I recommend this book 2 people who like mysterys,a kid that like their so called"KIDDNAPPED PARENTS",and a kid that is in love.This kid is Janie Johnson.A kid that is becoming trouble;that needs help from her parents,the one that she love's(Reeve) help.The real questionS are:Weich parents does she need help from?Why did Reeve do what he did and not stop himself?Read 2 find out those qusetions and the mstery behind this storyline.
MDV More than 1 year ago
GREAT FOLLOW UP... to "Face on the Milk Carton & What ever happened to Janie". I want to KILL REEVE....But, I understand why he did it. I wish, Janie would have listened to all the tapes. I also feel for Janie, not knowing who to care for. Great story, as a parent my heart breaks for everyone. Can't imagine the pain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ikr! And talking about minecraft like really? It just wow i know i love mc but just stop no 1 who wants to read this book, btw is amzing cant stop reading it, wants to know about minecratf. Otay? :3 Love, Kaylee
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate it when peole leave one star and say never read it. Just stop. Dont commentbif ur not going to read the book thats stupid. Its annoying for others who want to read the good or bad comments but its hard to with a bunch of peps saying never read it. I know it would be so annoying to me anywayz i loved this book Maddie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 starz it was a great book i love how it left me hanging so i read the other books and the were great too u should read it!!!
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It was a good but sad book. Does Reeve andJanie get back together?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main idea of this book is the kidnapping is long past, and the Johnsons and the Spring family are on the way to restoring their lives. As Janie Johnson tries to balance herself between the two families, she feels torn. The author&rsquo;s purpose of this book is that they find themselves reading this mysterious book. My thesis is that the book is a very good book. The purpose of the review is to understand how to work a computer and to get a grade. Description and summary of main points The brief background info is that Reeve is spilling Janie&rsquo;s story to get airtime. But what happens when she finds out. The criteria are that the book is confusing if you don&rsquo;t read the first three books. The main points are that they call the trolley the &ldquo;T&rdquo;. They are in Boston. Reeve gets to work at the radio station Evaluation The critical elements are the plot: Mostly in Boston: Characters: Reeve, Derek, Visionary Assassins, Cordell, Janie, Sarah-Charlotte, Jodie, Brian, Mr. Spring, Mrs. Spring, Mr. Johnson, Mrs. Johnson, Stephen, Brendan, Vinnie, Cal, Pammy, The professor&rsquo;s wife ,The professor ,Cathy, Todd, Heather, Megan, Lizzie, Mr. Shield, Mrs. Shield, Etc. Theme: Mystery. That this book can&rsquo;t be called well until you read it for yourself. The evidence that the book achieves its goals is that this book is confusing if you do not read the whole series of this book it is like a movie if you miss a chapter you are confused My comparison of the voice on the radio is that this book is like the first three books they are all mystery books. Conclusion My restatement of my thesis is that the voice on the radio is a good book. They are in Boston and Reeve gets to work at the radio station. My final statement of this book is if you don&rsquo;t read mystery books often you probably will not like this book. If you hate mystery books this book is not for you.
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This book is really good!!!!
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MaryEBC More than 1 year ago
Reading was not one of the important pass-times in my life -- it was all I wanted to do just to read school assignments. It has just been since I purchased my Nook Reader and now my Nook Tablet (in the last three years) that I've started to read. The 'Jane' books -- all four of them -- were interesting, enticing and easy reading. I looked forward to every opportunity that I had to pick up my Tablet and read more on the story. It had a 'hook, line and sinker' effect on me and kept me interested to the last page -- I would read more of this series if there were more. The author presents an enjoyable read for anyone and everyone to enjoy.