No one ever paid attention to the faces of missing children on milk cartons. But as Janie Johnson glanced at the face of the little girl who had been taken twelve. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Readers left on the edge of their seats at the (Janie Johnson Book 2) eBook: Caroline B. Cooney: site Store. the Train, and Beware That Girl, bestselling author Caroline Cooney's JANIE series. Whatever Happened to Janie? by Caroline B. Cooney download the Ebook: .
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Ebook written by Caroline B. Cooney. But as Janie Johnson glanced at the face of the little girl who had been taken twelve years ago, she recognized that little. Jun 24, About the Book. No one ever paid attention to the faces of missing children on milk cartons. But as Janie Johnson glanced at the face of the little. Dec 1, Topics Parental kidnapping -- Fiction, Parent and child -- Fiction, Brothers and sisters -- Fiction, Identity -- Fiction. PublisherDelacorte Press.
Janie has finally found her true family, but are they her true family to her? She just wants to live the life she has, with her rich family, wonderful boyfriend, and best of all, no confusions. Plot Janie is forced to leave the safety of her adoptive parents who had raised her, the Johnsons, and live with her biological parents and four siblings, Stephen, Jodie, and twins Brendan and Brian.
Although all of the Spring family members are eager to include her, she desperately misses her adoptive parents, with whom she is allowed no contact, so she is emotionally aloof. She also has some trouble adjusting; she is called "Jennie" by the family, but refers to herself as "Janie. As things start to improve and Janie starts to feel more at home, though, they experience a setback when the FBI shows up to question Janie.
Finally, Janie asserts her desire to return to her adopted family, and her biological parents love her enough to let her go. Janie is thrilled and can't wait, but only then does she realize how much her biological parents love her. Once she gets home she realizes that things can never be the same again and her moving has not only affected her, but her adopted parents as well.
However, Janie's siblings, Stephen and Jodie, are angry and upset that they are once again losing their sister. Having discovered that Hannah had been arrested in New York City two years previously for prostitution, they journey to New York to find the woman responsible for everything. Open Preview See a Problem?
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Janie Johnson 2 by Caroline B. No one ever paid attention to the faces of missing children on milk cartons. But as Janie Johnson glanced at the face of the little girl who had been taken twelve years ago, she recognized that little girl--it was herself.
The mystery of the kidnapping is unraveled, but the nightmare is not over. The Spring family wants justice, but who is to blame? It's difficult to figure No one ever paid attention to the faces of missing children on milk cartons. It's difficult to figure out what's best for everyone. Janie Johnson or Janie Spring? There's enough love for everyone, but how can the two separate families live happily ever after?
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My library doesn't have the first in the series. Roger Catlett I listened to this on audio in the car , while reading book 1. I finished book 2 first and The Face on the Milk Carton fills in some details - so yes …more I listened to this on audio in the car , while reading book 1.
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I finished book 2 first and The Face on the Milk Carton fills in some details - so yes you can just read this as a stand alone. See 1 question about Whatever Happened to Janie? Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. This is the 2nd book in the Janie Johnson series, and I loved it just as much as the 1st!
As you can assume, things don't go very well. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. Seeing this one through my adult eye-view, it's a little bit easier to empathize with Janie. As a kid, I thought she was such an ungrateful brat. And seriously, when they contacted her birth family in the last book, what did she think was going to happen? You can keep the daughter who was kidnapped from the shopping center at age 3.
We have four other kids, we know you'll love and Seeing this one through my adult eye-view, it's a little bit easier to empathize with Janie. Might as well not even bother.
But thinking about it from Janie's perspective, the Springs are asking a lot of a fifteen year old kid. They basically want her to turn on the people she spent almost her entire life with and believed were her parents, and want her to pretend the last twelve years never happened.
Insta-Jennie coming right up, just forget that other family kiddo. As someone who has come to believe that who you end up turning into as an adult is something of nature AND nurture, it made me empathize with Janie.
They treated her as a precious piece of something they thought was gone forever. I also better understand the anger on the part of both Stephen and Jodie Spring, who have seen firsthand the damage of not knowing what happened to their sister and living with parents who were trying to prevent another worst case scenario. Overall, fairly realistic for a look at what might happen when a teen kidnap victim is returned to her biological family.
Except for the ending, which would never happen in a million years.
Jun 03, Carly added it. In the first book, The Face On the Milk Carton, Janie recognizes her face on a milk carton as a three year old girl who was taken from a mall in New Jersey twelve years ago. She finds out that her parents are really her adoptive parents and Janie Johnson was kidnapped before she even met the Johnson's.
So who's to blame? It's Hannah. Hannah Javensen, "What normal decent person swaps families as easily as a pair of ice skates? Hannah Javensen, the Johnson's daughter.
She came home one day from the cult with a little girl who she claimed was hers and left her to the Johnsons to raise and take care of as their "granddaughter". But the Johnsons were totally unaware that they weren't actually related.
Janie was not Hannah Javensen's daughter. With the mystery of this kidnapping now unraveled, Janie's story continues in the sequel Whatever Happened to Janie?. She goes to live with her biological parents, the Springs, and their four children as they discover more information about the women responsible for the separation of their family.
Caroline B. Cooney's gripping novel Whatever Happened to Janie is just as engaging as the first one because of how the author gets the reader to connect and feel for Janie and her family. Shallow is one word not to use to describe Janie. For example, when Janie meets her real parents for the first time in twelve years, she reacts how any other average fifteen year old girl would. The Springs are complete strangers to her and she is not just going to go by Jennie, call them mom and dad and say "I love you" in a day.
In addition, this book as an extremely engaging plot and really hooks you to want to read more all throughout the novel. The Face on the Milk Carton ends in a cliff hanger so the reader wants to go on to the sequel to find out what happens next. You just can't turn away from the book because you want to know if they ever find Hannah, if Janie ever starts to enjoy her real family in New Jersey, what happens to her boyfriend Reeve, and does she ever see the Johnson's again?
Another good element of the book is how much the reader will connect with the characters. For example, I felt bad for Mr. Springs when Janie wasn't trying her hardest to fit in with the family. She just made her decision that she wanted to be Janie Johnson and not Jennie Springs and they were devastated. The author does a good job making the reader feel like they are there going through all of this with Janie.
You can feel the pull on both sides. The Springs have had one less daughter for twelve years and were beyond excited to have her back.
But the Johnsons, on the other hand, know Janie as their only child and now are losing her like Hannah and have no idea what they did wrong. The Johnsons were full of desperation, which they showed when Janie said her last goodbyes. A single tear came down his cheek, taking its time, finding every wrinkle and crack.
With its original characters, gripping plot, and satisfying ending, Whatever Happened to Janie is a great read for anyone who enjoys some mystery. View 2 comments. Oct 12, Shannon rated it liked it Shelves: I don't remember what happened to Janie, but knowing Caroline B.
Cooney , it was something excessively dramatic. View 1 comment. May 22, Readaholic Jenn rated it really liked it. Good but not great. Apr 19, Jen rated it really liked it. In some ways, this is actually better than the first book, The Face on the Milk Carton. Janie's been told she has to go live with her birth family, and this opens up the delightfully awful complexity of what family really is.
Being a person who staunchly opposes the idea that "family" only means the people who share your DNA, I really like that Cooney took the time to examine this. Your blood family will always be a part of who are you, even if you haven't known them most of your life, but they In some ways, this is actually better than the first book, The Face on the Milk Carton.
Your blood family will always be a part of who are you, even if you haven't known them most of your life, but they aren't it.
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Sometimes, you're needed elsewhere, by other people, and that may hurt everyone involved, but it can hurt marginally less if there is a reason to be part of another family, a family of different definitions. I also give absolute props to Cooney for the last five or so pages detailing the journey to New York for Hannah, who has done so much to ruin their lives.
Although the storyline on how they got there is a bit weak, the things that are said about humanity and life and choices are just fabulous; true gems in a YA novel can be hard to come by, but this is one of them.
A marvelous sequel, and one I'm very glad was written with such lack of fear of Very Big Topics. Oct 21, Brianna Tinsley rated it it was amazing. Three-year-old Jennie Spring was kidnapped by the daughter of the Javenson family. She wants to make everyone happy, but how will it feel to leave her old friends and boyfriend and move to a whole new, different environment with different people.
How about a living with new parents and three other brothers and a sister. There are to many decisions to make. What will she do next? Who will she live with? Cooney does a great job with this book by putting lots of mysteries and twists in it. While she is unraveling the kidnapping mystery in the book she puts you in the book and makes you feel as if you are the character and makes you feel apart of this book. I enjoyed this book Even better than the first book. The first one was about finding answers to mysteries.
This one is about finding a different kind of answers. Answers to things like "what now? And this book doesn't pretend the answers are easy, and presents real people, who are awful to each other even when they are trying hard not to be.
Aug 05, Lindsay Nixon rated it it was amazing.
This book was good as the first. You can't wait to see what happens, you feel emotionally torn like Janie You have to do what's best for you, even if it's not best for the majority. There aren't awards for suffering and that suffering hurts the people you're trying to protect Like book1, I'm desperate to imm This book was good as the first.
Like book1, I'm desperate to immediately start the next. Mar 17, Jeanie rated it really liked it.
Whatever Happened to Janie is the continuation of a young girl finding out that she was kidnapped at 3 years old. You go thru her emotions of leaving the only family she ever knew to coming back to the family that missed and thought the worst of what happened to Janie. I liked the second one so much better. It shows the struggles of all families that we may never think about.
It was a story that reasonated with me in that my parents divorced at a young age and I went to live with my dad. I did h Whatever Happened to Janie is the continuation of a young girl finding out that she was kidnapped at 3 years old. I did however, move in with my mother when I was the same age as Janie and I reasonated well with all those emotions. It was a very sureal time and the story showed the pain of both families. It also showed the love of letting go. Love is never forced. Love is most revealed when there is freedom and I am looking forward to the next book to see how that love flourishes for both families.
View all 3 comments. Feb 24, McKenzie Allyshia rated it it was ok. I feel like I have invested myself enough into the series that I have to keep reading. Although, I did find myself enjoying the second book in this series much more than the first. There was still quite a bit of whiplash emotions, highs and lows, and quite a bit of them petty and ridiculous.
I found myself wondering, what would I have done in this crazy situation? When I was fifteen, I felt like I was a grown up and should be able to make my own decisions. In fact, I moved out when I was fifteen I feel like I have invested myself enough into the series that I have to keep reading. In fact, I moved out when I was fifteen.
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However, now that I am over ten years old than that I know that I knew very little of the world. In the end, I still would have reacted so differently than Janie. So incredibly differently. I am having a really hard time relating to any of the characters which I think may be my main hangup.
We will see what the third book brings. Oct 27, Lisa rated it really liked it. Part 2 of the Janie series. Feb 25, LdyGray rated it liked it Shelves: The Nineties were a special time, full of economic prosperity and invented fears - like being kidnapped by a member of Hare Krishna, I guess?
Eh, onto book 3.
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Aug 17, Gina rated it liked it. I thought it showed a pretty good understanding of how many of the characters would realistically feel, while leaving others undeveloped. Toward the end, with the FBI interrogation and the time in New York, that feels a little more oddly written and artificial, sometimes weird.
Janie Johnson's whole life changed when she found out she is the girl on the milk carton. And now Janie has to go live with her birth family in New Jersey. Since she was three and half, she has been Janie Johnson. Janie doesn't want to hurt the Springs or the Johnsons. But it seems, whatever choice she makes it will hurt one of her families. I would say it has been at least 10 years or a Janie Johnson's whole life changed when she found out she is the girl on the milk carton. I would say it has been at least 10 years or a little more since I read The Face on the Milk Carton and so I don't remember every detail of the book.
But I do remember greatly enjoying the book and it became one of my favorites. I'll eventually give it a re-read sometime. I didn't know it was a series until about 4 years ago and I found the second book at a library book sale. It took me a while to read it, but I finally have and I am glad I did.
I remember the first book was quite emotional and this one is, too. I think maybe even more so than the first book. The story is seen through not only Janie's point of view, but others as well. In some ways I think I liked this better than the first book.
Janie must live with her birth family and this brought up another emotional struggle for her. She now knows she was kidnapped, but does not blame her parents the Johnsons they really believed Janie was their granddaughter.The Heroes of Olympus, Book Four: Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
Janie Johnson or Jennie Spring? What Happened to Hannah. I found myself wondering, what would I have done in this crazy situation? And she alone must decide what to do.
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