The Face on the Milk Carton

by Caroline B. Cooney, Caroline Bruce

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Who are the main characters in "The Face on the Milk Carton", listed by importance?

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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 kidnapping. Reeve, Janie's neighbor and boyfriend, would be the second most important character. He helps her find answers to many of her questions and provides emotional support to Janie throughout the story. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are the next most important characters because they have raised Janie and play a large role in the climax of the story.

Although they are not main characters, Sarah-Charlotte, Hannah, and the Springs play an important role in this novel. Sarah-Charlotte had the milk carton that contained Janie's picture on the back, which led to the events of the story. Hannah is responsible for kidnapping Janie and leading her parents to believe Janie was her child. The Springs are Janie's biological parents, who placed the add for their missing girl and wanted her back home.

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Likely the most important, if you are trying to actually rank them, would be Janie Johnson, then you could move to her parents since the three of them together drive most of the action of the story.  You might also be able to put Reeve shields up there but it is difficult to decide whether or not he would surpass the parents in order of importance.

Again this is sort of a difficult question as you could interpret it in different ways.  My feelings go for Janie, then Mom and Dad though.

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