The Voice on the Radio (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

The Voice on the Radio (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Caroline B. Cooney, Cooney
     
 

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The Voice on the Radio, now in paperback, is the highly anticipated companion to The Face on the Milk Carton and Whatever Happened to Janie?, by best selling author Caroline B.  Cooney:

Janie's life finally seems to be settling down.  But she really misses Reeve Shields, her boyfriend who is away at college.  Reeve is… See more details below

Overview

The Voice on the Radio, now in paperback, is the highly anticipated companion to The Face on the Milk Carton and Whatever Happened to Janie?, by best selling author Caroline B.  Cooney:

Janie's life finally seems to be settling down.  But she really misses Reeve Shields, her boyfriend who is away at college.  Reeve is overwhelmed by his new college life, and when he is asked to host a late-night radio show, he cannot turn it down.  But he is stressed, and he finds himself spilling Janie's secrets on the air, certain that Janie will never find out.  But will Janie have to pay for Reeve's lapse in judgement?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Janie, the once-kidnapped heroine of The Face on the Milk Carton and Whatever Happened to Janie?, has her past revealed to the public when her boyfriend becomes a college DJ. "Cooney seems to have a special radar for adolescent longings and insecurities," said PW in a starred review. Ages 12-up. (Sept.)
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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780613090131
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Series:
Janie Johnson Series, #3
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
183
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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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 stealingeach 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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