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 What does the main character learn about essential life issues in The Face on the Milk Carton?

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Janie is a fifteen year old girl in the book The Face on the Milk Carton.  When Janie sees her picture on a milk cartoon that implies she was kidnapped her world turns upside down.  Nothing is how she believed it to be, and she begins to try and deal with things without seeking adult assistance

As Janie tries to unravel the clues she sneaks behind her parent's back and even takes a trip out of town without their permission.  Reeve, her boyfriend and neighbor, makes the decision to contact his sister who is studying law.  Janie initially becomes upset that he has told someone about the situation.

Janie comes to realize that she can not carry the issue alone.  She realizes that she needs the guidance and support of her parents and Reeve's sister to face the situation.  She also comes to terms with the need for her to contact her natural parents if she is ever going to find any internal peace.

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