In The Face on the Milk Carton, why does Janie help Reeve rake leaves?

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When Janie gets home from school on the day she realizes she is in fact Jennie Spring, a kidnapping victim, she stands in her kitchen and has a "daymare" about another kitchen. She inevitably wonders whether it's the kitchen belonging to her biological parents.

This leaves her feeling very unsettled,...

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When Janie gets home from school on the day she realizes she is in fact Jennie Spring, a kidnapping victim, she stands in her kitchen and has a "daymare" about another kitchen. She inevitably wonders whether it's the kitchen belonging to her biological parents.

This leaves her feeling very unsettled, and she rushes outside, only to find Reeve, with whom she has spent a lot of time that day, raking leaves in his yard. This is the background to why she helps him rake the leaves. The reason could be as simple as the fact that he asks her to help.

The raking session is short-lived because Reeve realizes that something is bothering Janie, and he stops to ask her about it.

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