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Face on the Milk Carton

by Caroline B. Cooney |  Grades: 7-12  |  Ages: 12+   

The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney Teacher Guide, Lesson Plans, Novel UnitAbout The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney

A photograph of a missing girl on a milk carton leads Janie on a search for her real identity.

No one ever really paid close attention to the faces of the missing children on the milk cartons. But as Janie Johnson glanced at the face of the ordinary little girl with her hair in tight pigtails, wearing a dress with a narrow white collar--a three-year-old who had been kidnapped twelve years before from a shopping mall in New Jersey--she felt overcome with shock. She recognized that little girl--it was she. How could it possibly be true? 

Janie can't believe that her loving parents kidnapped her, but as she begins to piece things together, nothing makes sense. Something is terribly wrong. Are Mr. and Mrs. Johnson really her parents? And if not, who is Janie Johnson, and what really happened?

Review

In the vein of psychological thrillers like We Were Liars, Girl on the Train, and Beware That Girl, bestselling author Caroline Cooney's JANIE series delivers on every level. Mystery and suspense blend seamlessly with issues of family, friendship and love to offer an emotionally evocative thrill ride of a read.

A Biographical Note About Caroline B. Cooney

Caroline B. Cooney (1947 -   ) is the author of more than 90 suspense, mystery, and romance novels for teenagers, which have sold over 15,000,000 copies and are published in several languages. The Face on the Milk Carton has sold over 3,000,000 copies and was made into a television movie. Her books have won many state library awards and are on many booklists, such as the New York Public Library’s annual teen picks.

Caroline grew up in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, and spent most of her life on the shoreline of that state but is now in South Carolina near her family. She has three children and four grandchildren. She was a church organist for many years, accompanied the choirs at her children’s schools, and now plays keyboard for musicals. 

Some of her recent titles are Three Black SwansThey Never Came BackIf the Witness Lied, The Lost Songs, and No Such Person. She is currently researching the exciting, terrifying, and completely unexpected story of the children who will one day sail on the Mayflower to the New World.

The Janie Series Books:   

The Face on the Milk Carton, Whatever Happened to Janie?, The Voice on the Radio, What Janie Found, What Janie Saw, Janie Face to Face

Available Teacher Guides, Lesson Plans, Novel Units, and Activities for The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney: