Whatever Happened to Janie? (Janie Johnson Series #2)

Whatever Happened to Janie? (Janie Johnson Series #2)

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by Caroline B. Cooney
     
 

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No one ever paid attention to the faces of missing children on milk cartons. But as Janie  Johnson glanced at the face of the little girl who had been taken twelve years ago, she recognized that little girl--it was herself.

The mystery of the kidnapping is unraveled, but the nightmare is not over. The Spring family wants justice, but who is to blame?

Overview

No one ever paid attention to the faces of missing children on milk cartons. But as Janie  Johnson glanced at the face of the little girl who had been taken twelve years ago, she recognized that little girl--it was herself.

The mystery of the kidnapping is unraveled, but the nightmare is not over. The Spring family wants justice, but who is to blame? It's difficult to figure out what's best for everyone.

Janie Johnson or Jennie Spring? There's enough love for everyone, but how can the two separate families live happily ever after?


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The sequel to The Face on the Milk Carton explores the trauma of a kidnapped adopted child returned to her birth parents. ``The power and nature of love is wrenchingly illustrated,'' wrote PW in a starred review. Ages 12-up. (Oct.)q
The ALAN Review - James E. Davis
The outcome of The Face on the Milk Carton is disclosed in this book about fifteen-year-old Janie Johnson, kidnapped at three, returning to live with her birth parents as Jennie Spring. The effects of this move on Jennie/Janie, both sets of parents, and the sisters and three brothers in the Spring household are painfully revealed. The unravelling of the mystery of the kidnapping is sometimes gripping, if far-fetched, and the reader may grow impatient with the unrealistic expectations everybody has of everybody else. Finally a satisfactory decision and resulting action occur, which should have appropriately ended the book. But no, an incredible trip to the bowels of New York City by the older brother and sister to find Hannah, the kidnapper, weakens the work considerably. It will still be of interest, though, to readers who like to read about identity, kidnapping, and family relations.
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-- Cooney's The Face on the Milk Carton (Bantam, 1990) involved a 15-year-old girl who discovers she had been kidnapped when she was 3. Those left hanging by the ambiguous ending to that story will want to read this sequel in which Janie goes to live with her biological parents and four siblings. Although all of the family members are eager to include her, she's determined to remain emotionally aloof. Finally, Janie asserts her desire to return to her adopted family, and her biological parents love her enough to let her go. The strength of this book is that all of the parties are easy to empathize with. They are well-rounded characters with quirks and annoying qualities, yet all have compassion for ``the other guy,'' even while feeling their own pain. The suspense centers around the question of which family needs Janie more and which she will choose. There is no clear answer to her dilemma since both love her and have suffered through no fault of their own. While Janie ultimately puts her own feelings first by choosing the family that is ``real'' to her, the stage is set for future changes of heart and perhaps another sequel. Meanwhile, this book won't gather dust on the shelf. --Jacqueline Rose, Southeast Regional Library, NC
Susan DeRonne
In a gripping sequel to "The Face on the Milk Carton" (1990), Janie is a typical 15-year-old, except that she has two families. After discovering that she is the missing face on a milk carton, Janie returns to her birth family, which has been searching for her since her kidnapping at age three. This unusual story presents the struggles of Janie, her siblings, and both sets of parents in an engrossing fashion. Janie promises she will have no contact with her adoptive family for three months, but everyone underestimates how difficult this will be. Which woman deserves the title and affection reserved for "Mom"? What name does she write on her papers at school--Janie Johnson or Jennie Spring? The gut-wrenching circumstances in which the characters find themselves are honestly conveyed, and while most YAs won't be able to identify with the situation, all readers will be able to recognize the powerful emotions of love, hate, and anger that Cooney sensitively portrays.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307425201
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Series:
Janie Johnson Series , #2
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
34,057
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

CAROLINE B. COONEY is the bestselling author of more than 30 young adult books, including the million-copy plus bestseller, The Face on the Milk Carton.

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Whatever Happened to Janie 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 178 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say, this story, had to have been the best book in all my years of reading. It was new, and it related to kids a lot. Although the situation is not too typical, it gives readers something to think about. I suggest it to any1 who likes to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is ok if you are past 4th grade. Its a thrilling novel and a great sequal to the first book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is very good i would recommend it to everyone i know!! Caroline B. Cooney writes the best books!!!! you should check this book out!!!!!!!! And the other books that she writes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good. Everyone should read this amazing sequel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
awesome book!!! though the cover doesn't fit. i like the old one better, this cover kinda depicts a darker meaning that is not in the book. but anyways absolutely fantastic book and i was obsessed with this series and i can't seem to find anything like it no matter how hard i look. i highly recommend you read it(:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE this book! Anyone who has read the first should REALY read this one!8)
K Marcum More than 1 year ago
This is totally a great sequel to the face on the milk carton!!!!!!!
HockeyGirl44 More than 1 year ago
You can't read #2 without reading #1 first - it will lose it's meaning! I was very intrigued by the first book, and this second one did not disappoint. Caroline Cooney does an excellent job at maintaining Janie's personality and portraying her deep emotional scars in this books. Cooney blends some humor, some tenderness, and some harsh reality in this book. I would recommend this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a AMAZING book i promise there isnt a better book out there. So mysterious and omg CLIFFHANGERS!!!!!!!!! GUYS I PROMISE U WILL LOVE THIS BOOK ITS HARD FOR ME TO LOVE A BOOK EXCEPT THIS ONE!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg i would totally recommend this to everyone!!!!!!!!!! This book will never make u stop reading! Everyday my mind is only on to this book. I even dreamed about it in my sleep! Buy this! Read it! I promise u will love it!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was so sad I cried. It was a great plot, and the characters were great. I would reccomend this book for people 11+. The ending was so sad. I could not put this book down! I would definatly reccomend it!????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful if u lik mysteries!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as the first one
Monica trevino More than 1 year ago
It wasnt as good as the first book but i wll continue to read the series to see what suprise comes up next.
Amanda Tafeen More than 1 year ago
Great book so much suspence
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whatever Happened to Janie is an excellent book! It is full of suspence, keeping you on the edge of your seat the entire book. This book is also full of romance. Whatever Happened to Janie also has life changing choices. Whatever Happened to Janie is a great book and answers all of the questions unanswered in the first!
MDV More than 1 year ago
Great Follow up to "Face on the Milk Carton". My 6th Garder had to read for School. So, the only way to test her was to read the 3 chapters she was having a test on. Well...... I got hooked. Started at the beginning finished in 3 days and went to Barnes & Noble and bought the series. GREAT. Can't wait for my daughter to move onto the next one. HEART BREAKING.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When Finished The Face on the Milk carton I thought what happens next? But now I know. This was a good story but in my opinion Janie or Jennie was really stubborn and not open minded to anything that was happening. She was not the only one who was effected by the kidnapping so she should act a little less ungrateful about everything. Some people dont even have one family and she has two. So in a whole I enjoyed the story and the characters but I did not enjoy the attitude of our so called 'protagonist'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a good book it was kind of exciting but not really good. But Caroline B. Cooney has much more better books though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book and the 2nd book is even better!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the first book the face on the milk cartin and and i can not wate to read te rest thi is a great seris of books it is an wild ride for janie or jennie?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dude lol i !LOVE! This book sooo much its amzing peps out there should read it and its really hard for me 2 love a book so yeah you sure read it! :3 Ps. I think is so funny when people say dont read it a put 1 star lol. If u dont like y did u put a 1 star? Ok well BYE! :) have a good day 2
Anonymous More than 1 year ago