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The Face on the Milk Carton

Caroline B. Cooney's The Face on the Milk Carton tells the story of Janie Johnson, a fifteen-year-old girl who discovers she was kidnapped upon finding her photo on the Missing Child section on a...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2018, 9:24 pm (UTC)

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At the end of the book, Janie is convinced that she was kidnapped, and fears that her adopted parents -- who she loves very much -- are actually the kidnappers. She tries, and fails, to get through...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2013, 5:47 pm (UTC)

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The setting of The Face on the Milk Carton takes place in 1980s Connecticut in a middle class, suburban neighborhood. The book begins during the fall season, which also creates a sense of nostalgia...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2019, 3:14 pm (UTC)

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The plot of any story (typically) begins with the exposition, where the characters and situation or problem are introduced to the readers. In the rising action, a series of events bring the main...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2018, 6:37 pm (UTC)

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Hmm. How about the conflict of Janie's adoptive parents. I'm sure their struggle of whether or not to let Janie go back to her birth parents is a super difficult decision.

Latest answer posted August 31, 2015, 1:46 am (UTC)

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A young teenager named Janie glancing at a milk carton one day suddenly has the feeling that the face on the milk carton staring back at her is her own at three years old. From that moment she sets...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2015, 8:27 pm (UTC)

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Caroline B. Cooney's The Face on the Milk Carton tells the story of Janie Johnson, who discovers she is Jennie Spring, a teenager who was kidnapped at age three and raised by Mr. and Mrs. Johnson....

Latest answer posted April 25, 2018, 11:11 am (UTC)

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I would argue that the climax of this book begins a chapter before the end, when Reeve's sister Lizzie explains everything to Mr and Mrs Johnson—that their daughter Hannah had in fact kidnapped...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2018, 8:39 pm (UTC)

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Janie Johnson is the main character of this novel. She is the most important character because it is her own face that is on the milk carton, and she is the character to unravel the mystery of her...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2018, 3:58 pm (UTC)

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The setting in The Face on the Milk Carton is important because it is so very normal. Janie lives in a suburban neighborhood in a nice, split-level, single-family home. Her house has all the...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2010, 3:18 am (UTC)

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The first major conflict in The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney is the one that occurs when Janie sees the picture on the milk carton and recognizes that the kidnapped girl in the...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2015, 1:56 am (UTC)

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In The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney, the protagonist Janie Johnson undergoes many changes from the beginning to the end of the story, both in terms character development and the...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2020, 12:42 pm (UTC)

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After a series of child abductions in the Midwest in the 1980s, an Iowa dairy put pictures of missing children on milk cartons as a public service. It quickly became a national phenomenon for a...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2017, 7:57 pm (UTC)

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The author's intent is to create a suspenseful, foreboding tone in The Face on the Milk Carton. On the last three or so pages of Chapter 1, when Janie first recognizes her image on...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2010, 5:51 am (UTC)

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In Caroline B. Cooney's The Face on the Milk Carton, sixteen-year-old Janie Johnson sees a photo of three-year-old Jennie Spring on a milk carton and immediately notices a similarity between the...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2019, 12:46 pm (UTC)

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The Face on the Milk Carton

The Face on the Milk Carton tells the story of Janie Johnson, a teenager who discovers, through a missing child photo on a milk carton, that she was kidnapped when she was small. The parents who...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2019, 1:20 pm (UTC)

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The rising action is the series of events leading up to the climax of a story. It's when the excitement usually begins to build up. In The Face on the Milk Carton, the rising action begins when...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2018, 11:57 am (UTC)

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The book is set in an upper-middle class neighborhood in Connecticut. In Chapter 1, about five pages in, there is a passage that describes Janey's school and the attitude of her friends. The...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2010, 5:40 am (UTC)

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Mrs. Shields is Reeve's mother and she and her family are neighbors as well as long time friends of Janie’s family. On this particular occasion, Janie is overwhelmed by her discoveries and the...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2015, 9:19 am (UTC)

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There are many choices of symbols that can be used to illustrate the main characters in The Face on the Milk Carton. The main character, Janie Johnson, could be symbolized by a campfire. This...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2015, 1:37 am (UTC)

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The main character Janie from Caroline B. Cooney's story "The Face on the Milk Carton" must deal with secrets that surface from Janie's childhood. Janie was kidnapped as a child and then...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2008, 1:10 pm (UTC)

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The falling action in the book occurs after Lizzie has explained Janie's kidnapping to the Johnsons. As Janie's parents process the information, we watch them experience intense, conflicting...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2010, 1:12 pm (UTC)

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The fact that Janie wishes to change her name suggests that she is a bit insecure about her identity. She is also self conscious, although this is expected of an adolescent girl her age as she is...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2015, 8:30 am (UTC)

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Janie's noticed that her bedroom has been getting a bit cluttered lately, so she figures it's time to clear some things out. That means putting the stuff she no longer needs up in the attic. It's...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2021, 7:55 am (UTC)

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The literary device of the flashback is the most used in The Face on the Milk Carton. These flashbacks show the reader what happened in her past. It is a sort of look into her memory. The incident...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2009, 3:10 pm (UTC)

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I think that one of the primary motivations that Cooney brings out in the novel is that adolescence is a time period to realize that what might be on the surface might not represent the total...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2012, 1:48 am (UTC)

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Jane meets Dave at the Honors Breakfast. He is friendly, Sarah-Charlotte thinks he is "adorable", and under normal circumstances, Jane probably would have been flattered by Dave's...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2008, 5:55 am (UTC)

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The conflict in "The Face on the Milk Carton" goes to the heart of the parent and child relationship.  Is it one based on a lifetime of love and honesty or a pack of lies? ...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2007, 5:31 am (UTC)

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Cooney's work centers on the idea of adolescent identity. In this particular case, the protagonist, Janie Johnson/ Jennie Spring, recognizes that her parents are not really her parents and the...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2011, 7:14 pm (UTC)

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The most serious question that this book addressees is the concept of self identity. This concept, knowing who you are is central to building healthy relationships and living a successful and...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2008, 12:57 pm (UTC)

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Janie is not happy about her looks; when she compares herself to her girlfriends, she feels inferior. Actually, Janie has "fabulous hair: a wild, chaotic mane of red curls glinting gold." Most of...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2010, 2:03 pm (UTC)

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Janie does not tell the Johnsons the truth about thinking she is kidnapped because they seem like a normal family, not a couple of kidnappers. She thinks they will think that she is crazy if she...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2012, 11:51 pm (UTC)

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Initially, Janie is a happy, carefree young lady. She leads a good home life, with loving parents there to guide and protect her. In common with many people of her age, Janie has a very vivid...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2018, 11:01 am (UTC)

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Janie knows she has to keep the milk carton with her face on the back of it, but also understands that her parents cannot find it. So, Janie hides the milk carton under her mattress to give her...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2015, 1:46 am (UTC)

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Janie confronts her parents with all her questions. They tell her that Hannah, their daughter and Janie's real mother, was in a cult and left Janie with them. They then changed their name and moved...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2007, 12:32 pm (UTC)

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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,...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2019, 4:23 am (UTC)

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Janie can't help but change as a result of her experience. She begins as a trusting and loving teenager and daughter. Her experience leads her to doubt the people who have always cared for her,...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2007, 9:50 am (UTC)

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Chapter 2 is when Jamie sees the milk carton at school and realizes that it is her face she is seeing. She finds out that she was once "missing" and begins to understand that she was...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2007, 1:18 am (UTC)

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Janie Johnson sees an advertisement on a milk carton one day. She is confused because the ad says that Jennie Springer is missing, but it is a picture of a younger version of herself. She asks her...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2015, 9:27 pm (UTC)

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In The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney, some inferences that one can make from the first chapter is that Janie Johnson has had a happy and normal childhood and that she is a...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2020, 11:35 am (UTC)

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I would not say the historical context is anything significant in The Face on the Milk Carton. The book was published in 1990 and the time frame for the setting is simply supposed to be modern...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2010, 11:26 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2019, 6:50 pm (UTC)

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After the birth certificate incident with her mother and yet another daymare, Janie was upset and took off to Reeve’s house. She found him in the yard raking leaves and she joined in. However,...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2015, 8:58 am (UTC)

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Janie can't help the way she feels after the discovery she makes. I agree with her behavior, even though she is very confused, and does make odd decisions. She needs to find out the truth. Once...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2008, 9:43 am (UTC)

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This story is about a girl named Janie Johnson who one day discovers her picture on a milk carton as a missing person. One observation is that the concept of putting the pictures of missing persons...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2019, 3:32 pm (UTC)

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Like most teenagers, Janie is anxious to learn how to drive. Her mother and father had disagreed about her readiness to do this, but in the end, give their consent. Janie is fifteen, and when the...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2010, 7:46 am (UTC)

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At the end of Chapter 16, Reeve insists that Janie tell her parents about her kidnapping. If she doesn't, he tells her, he won't see her again. It is Reeve's sister Lizzie who finally explains the...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2010, 12:51 pm (UTC)

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The author needed to resolve this lingering question in order to bring closure to the story. Although the kidnapping is central to the conflict, it isn't central to the theme, which is about...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2007, 4:02 pm (UTC)

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There is a lot that fifteen-year-old Janie in The Face on the Milk Carton likes about herself and her life. After a lot of experimentation with the spelling of her name, she likes the variation she...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2019, 6:04 pm (UTC)

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Janie Johnson is the protagonist in Caroline B. Cooney's The Face on the Milk Carton. Mrs. Shields is her next-door neighbor and the mother of Janie's boyfriend, Reeve. In chapter three, after...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2018, 5:59 pm (UTC)

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