Richard Peck describes this
as an onion mystery -- with satisfying layers to peel. Janey is the face
on the milk carton. Her perfect and lovable family seem a myth as he discovers
the blue polka dot dress in the upstairs attic. Her buddy, Reeve, the boy
next door, is a comforting presence for her during the anxiety of searching
out the mysteries in her life.
Janie Johnson is a normal fifteen
year old, red-headed girl. She is an only child and comes from an
ideal family with a respected mom and dad. She is learning to drive,
has a best friend Sarah-Charlotte, who is more interested in boys than
anything, and she even has a crush. Janie and her friends always
look at the missing people on the back of their milk cartons at lunch for
entertainment, but one day it was Janie's picture. Was this a joke;
was it really her? She knows her face and is shocked by the
picture, only, the name is not hers. Jennie Spring, three years old,
is what the milk carton said. COuld it be true, did her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Johnson really kidnap her? Was her family out there
still wondering what happened to their little girl? Was she not an
only child; were there other awkward looking red-heads like her?
Is this why her parents don't have any baby pictures of her up on the walls?
Was she really Janie Johnson, or was she? To find out read "The Face
on the Milk Carton", by Caroline B. Cooney, Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1990.
(Jessica Stalsberg, email@example.com, college student)
I really enjoyed this book
and I suggest that people who didn't read this yet should if you like to
read a mysterious book. I also thought this book was an excellent book
to read and full of excitement with all the drama that happens in this
book. Also with all of the secrets, and with the drama. (Michael T., K-12