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Can someone please write a summary about The Face on the Milk Carton?

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munzii | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 25, 2009 at 11:23 AM via web

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Can someone please write a summary about The Face on the Milk Carton?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted September 22, 2010 at 7:26 AM (Answer #1)

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The Face on the Milk Carton is the story of a teen age girl who sees her picture on a school milk carton and realizes that she is a missing child that had been kidnapped.  Janie is a well-adjusted red-haired teen who has been raised by loving parents who she trusts and adores.  She has been raised as an only child. 

Janie begins to question when her parents had her and why there were no baby pictures of her.  While snooping she comes across the dress she had worn in the milk carton picture.  She begins to have long lost memory recall. 

Janie struggles to come to terms with her kidnapping and her parent's involvement in the incident.  She shifts between moods and the desire to reveal the situation to her parets while trying to cope on her own.  She has the support of Reeve, her neighbor, to love and help guide her in telling her parents the truth.

In the end Janie has come to terms with what had happened and is ready to contact her natural parents.  The parents who had raised her believe they are her grandparents and that they had taken her to safety away from their daughter who was trying to escape from a cult.  It turns out that their daughter had kidnapped Janie when Janie was 3 and 1/2.

The story ends with Janie calling her natural parents and telling them who she is on the phone.

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