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

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How did Janie change throughout the story?

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In The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney, the protagonist Janie Johnson changes throughout the story, becoming more adult, more analytical in her thinking, and taking her carefree suburban life less for granted. One day, while having lunch in the school cafeteria with her friends, she sees the face of a small girl on the milk carton, and the caption indicates that the girl was kidnapped many years earlier. Janie recognizes herself and cannot understand how this can be. Her parents are loving people who are upright members of their community. They give back in the form of coaching the local boys’ sports team and spending days doing volunteer work at the local hospital. Janie...

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