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Fifteen-year-old Janie feels devastated when she discovers that her boyfriend has betrayed her and her family through his college radio program.

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Overview

Fifteen-year-old Janie feels devastated when she discovers that her boyfriend has betrayed her and her family through his college radio program.

Fifteen-year-old Janie feels devastated when she discovers that her boyfriend has betrayed her and her family through his college radio program.

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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
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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.
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780788747380
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/17/2002
  • Series: Janie Johnson Series , #3
  • Format: CD
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years

Meet the Author

Caroline B. Cooney is the author of Goddess of Yesterday (an ALA Notable Children’s Book); The Ransom of Mercy Carter; and The Face on the Milk Carton (an IRA–CBC Children’s Choice). She lives in Westbrook, CT.
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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 eachother'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."


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  • Posted February 21, 2011

    love it

    i love this book and this series i would recomend this series to who ever likes mystery and surprises! :)

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Great Series!!!

    This book is the 3 in the janie johnson series. These books r definatly a must read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Loovveee this book !

    But janie should love her real new jersey parents insyead og the johnsons ! I loveee this book!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2011

    Book

    Awsome book

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2011

    good book

    good book

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2010

    A Great Recommend

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    GREAT FOLLOW UP....

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

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

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Good Series!

    <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

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    Lol

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2014

    Stop

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Great

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    good

    good

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    Posted October 29, 2013

    BREAKING NEWS

    Im beandip202 and know how to find diamonds on minecraft first mark the place where you spawned. Then get some stone weapons and get iron ore, at least three blocks. Then go back to your spawning place and then dig to bedrock and you will find diamonds. And the is a 12% chance you'll get emerald.NOTE: These tips only work for PE and PC.Im beandip202. Back to you Awesomekid.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2013

    BREAKING NEWS!

    We have been boggled by the creepy glitch in Minecraft. Yes, I am talking about THE HEROBRINE. But now nowhere is safe._____________________ A couple of days ago, I was peacefuly playing Minecraft on my Xbox. I was going to my mineshaft far away from my house. It was getting dark, but I had a bed. But I wanted to put my iron back in my chests at home. So I toggled the difficulty to peaceful, and I started walking. On my way there, I accedentaly placed an Iron ore block. When I mined it back, about fifty blocks away, I saw him. He glared at me with his white eyes. I started walking backwards, and he started running. It had started to rain. I sprinted home, not looking back, and barracaded the door with my Iron ore blocks. And I havent been out of my house seince. If you know anything about this madness, please report it immeadeatly. Thank you. ~Aftershock68

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    never read it

    Never read it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    Great book

    It was a good but sad book. Does Reeve andJanie get back together?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    The main idea of this book is the kidnapping is long past, and t

    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’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’s story to get airtime. But what happens when she finds out.
    The criteria are that the book is confusing if you don’t read the first three books.
    The main points are that they call the trolley the “T”. 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’s wife ,The professor ,Cathy, Todd, Heather, Megan, Lizzie, Mr. Shield, Mrs. Shield, Etc. Theme: Mystery.
    That this book can’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’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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    This is good

    This book is really good!!!!

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

    Great reading --- kept me coming back!

    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.

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