The Face on the Milk Carton

by Caroline B. Cooney, Caroline Bruce

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Why is Janie so afraid to tell the Johnsons her suspicions in The Face on the Milk Carton?

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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 says anything.

The realization that she might be the face on the milk carton upsets Janie.  She has wanted to get a learner’s permit to learn to drive, but she realizes she may not even be the age she thinks she is.  She has always been smaller than her friends, but it might be because she is younger.

But I’m not nearly sixteen.  Jennie Spring on the carton has a different birthday altogether.  She is six months younger than I am. (p. 123)

It never occurs to Janie that her parents might be innocent of the kidnapping and it might have been a mistake.  She will be forever changed by the incident, no matter what.


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