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What is the climax of the Face on the Milk Carton?

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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 Jennie Spring in New Jersey and passed her off as her own daughter.

After a debate about what the right course of action is, the family accepts that the Spring family needs to know what happened to their biological daughter. While they are discussing an option of Janie visiting the Spring family in exchange for no kidnapping charges being pressed, Mrs Johnson picks up the phone and dials the Spring's number. Janie then takes the receiver and speaks to her biological mother for the first time since the kidnapping that she does not remember.

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The climax in the book takes place in chapter 17.  Janie places a summary of the details of her kidnapping in one of the envelopes she had typed her return address onto in typing class.  Later, "feeling spooky," she addresses the envelope to the Spring family.  On her way to her last class, Janie looks for the envelope and finds it is gone.  In a panic, she rushes to find Reeve so she can get his sister Lizzie's phone number.  At the end of the chapter we find out that she intends to have Lizzie call the Spring family before they receive her letter in the mail and call the police.

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nitro | Student

The climax occurs on the very last page of the novel when Janie decides to call the Springs because it is the turnung point, the post intense part of the novel and it is when Janie discovers significant.

kmolina | Student

its when she goes to New Jersey and sees her "brothers"

cjrocks | Student

wat i think is when reece and jannie skipped school and went to new jersey to find jannie's mom