The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney, Caroline Bruce

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The Face on the Milk Carton is a 1990 novel by Caroline B. Cooney. The titular "face on the milk carton" refers to the protagonist, Janie Johnson (or Jennie Spring), a fifteen-year-old girl who is, ironically, lactose intolerant. She has a wild mane of bright red hair—which no one else in her family has—and lives a relatively protected and privileged life.

One day, however, she sees herself on the milk carton and begins wondering if her parents are truly her biological parents. She is curious and persistent as she begins to hunt for evidence about her parentage. This journey sends her on an emotional rollercoaster, and she moves through phases of distrust, wondering if her parents are actually her kidnappers; loyalty, when she grapples with protecting her parents; and uncertainty, especially when considering her romantic relationship with Reeve Shields. Janie is also brave and determined; she wants to know the truth about who she is, regardless of how painful or upsetting that truth...

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