The Face on the Milk Carton

by Caroline B. Cooney, Caroline Bruce

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What are Janie's values, beliefs, and behavior in "The Face on the Milk Carton"? Do you agree with her values, beliefs,and behaviors? Why or why not? Explain fully, please.

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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 she has the memories, she is obviously suffering psychological trauma. 

"With the discovery of her abduction as a three-year-old over ten years ago Janie is thrown into a state of emotional vacillation—one moment distrusting her parents then fiercely protecting and loving them, but all the time wondering about and wanting to make contact with her real family, the Springs, who live in New Jersey."

Her feelings are supported by the fact that she has no birth certificate, she can't get one, and there are no pictures of her before the age of three.  Her suspicions are genuine, and valid.  I agree with her feelings and behaviors.  It is understandable that she is obsessed with who she is, and can't think of anything else. 

She can't really have a true relationship with Reeve because she doesn't know who she is; she is threatened and frightened. It is not surprising that she is afraid to confront the Johnsons, and also feels just as frightened to talk to the Springs. 

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