Book Recommendation of the Week: The Face on the Milk Carton series


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This week’s book recommendation is The Face on the Milk Carton series by Caroline B. Cooney.

This is another book that I didn’t like when I first read it. We were forced to read it in sixth grade (starting to see a pattern?). When I read it again, on my own, I ended up really liking the book series. There are four in all and also a made-for-TV movie that isn’t half bad. The books revolve around a girl who recognizes her face on a milk carton and how she deals with the knowledge that she was kidnapped as a child. The writing is more for younger readers, but I still enjoyed the story when I re-read it for fun while I was in college.

Intrigued? Here’s the synopsis from the first book, The Face on the Milk Carton:

No one ever really paid close attention to the faces of the missing children on the milk cartons. But as Janie Johnson glanced at the face of the ordinary little girl with her hair in tight pigtails, wearing a dress with a narrow white collar–a three-year-old who had been kidnapped twelve years before from a shopping mall in New Jersey–she felt overcome with shock. She recognized that little girl–it was she. How could it possibly be true?

Janie can’t believe that her loving parents kidnapped her, but as she begins to piece things together, nothing makes sense. Something is terribly wrong. Are Mr. and Mrs. Johnson really Janie’s parents? And if not, who is Janie Johnson, and what really happened?



Read it!



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