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

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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? It's difficult to figure out what's best for everyone.

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

The members of two families have their lives disrupted when a teenage girl who had been kidnapped twelve years earlier discovers that the people who raised her are not her biological parents. Sequel to "The Face on the Milk Carton."

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440219248
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/1994
  • Series: Janie Johnson Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.53 (w) x 6.85 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2000

    Most Awesome Book I've Read in a While!!

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2008

    A reviewer

    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    To ummmm

    It is ok if you are past 4th grade. Its a thrilling novel and a great sequal to the first book.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    8)

    LOVE this book! Anyone who has read the first should REALY read this one!8)

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Worst book ever, sikeeee BEST BOOK AND SERIES EVER!!!!!!

    This is totally a great sequel to the face on the milk carton!!!!!!!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Awesome.

    So good. Everyone should read this amazing sequel

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    Awsome

    Awsome

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    Great

    This book is wonderful if u lik mysteries!!!!!!!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    awesome book!!! though the cover doesn't fit. i like the old one

    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(:

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    Reeve

    Not as good as the first one

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2010

    Highly recommend!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2009

    When Children are kidnapping it change their lifes

    Whatever Happened To Janie?
    Whatever Happened to Janie is a book written by Caroline B. Conney. The genre of this book is fiction. The story takes place in New Jersey City when a little girl of three years old was kidnapped, and her name was Jennie Spring. Jennie's family went to the mail shopping, but unfortunately, Hanna, a young girl kidnapped Jennie. After Jennie was kidnapped the spring's family life changed. The characters more affected were Jennie siblings Stephen, Jodie, Brian and Brendan couldn't live like another normal children. Johnson Family was the adoptive Jennie's parents, if they changed the Jennie name for Janie Johnson. Always they thought Janie were daughter of Hanna. When Janie adoptive parents let know the true of Janie were kidnapped for their daughter Hanna. Janie had 13 years old and Mrs. Johnson talking about with Janie, and she decided to know her biological parents. Although, Janie was hard to take that decision to live separated of her adoptive parents, but she moved with her Biological parents when she had 15 years old. For Janie was difficult to share her room with her older sister named Jodie, and she couldn't be happy with her biological family. When the time was over, Janie biological mother wants Janie return to live with Johnson family again, and she return with her adoptive parents. I enjoy reading this book because it has a good message. The most affected people of this history were Janie parents and her siblings because they always suffered a lot for Janie. Janie didn't have the fault to don't feeling love for her biological family because she grows up without her biological family.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Ok

    This book is good but the face on the milk carton is wayyybettery

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

    What ever happend to janie?

    It wasnt as good as the first book but i wll continue to read the series to see what suprise comes up next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2011

    Great book so much suspence

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2010

    Review

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    NOT JUST FOR TEENS......MOMS TOO.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2007

    part 2 of a good story

    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'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2014

    Cooney knows how to keep your attention with this series! She s

    Cooney knows how to keep your attention with this series! She stayed true to Janie/Jennie's character, as well as supporting characters. I couldn't put this book down and read it in one day! Cooney managed to have her characters seem real in a way that readers are able to identify with. The struggles the main character had to deal with emotionally was true to what anyone in her situation would probably have to go thru. I can't wait to read the next book in the series! I will definitely recommend this book and the first book in the series to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    I read....

    I read the first book and i thought it was great. I just know im gonna love this one, and the whole series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :P

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