The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney
Publication Date: 1990
Recommended Age Group: 14 and Up
Summary: Janie Johnson was a regular sophomore in high school until one day a little mik carton changed her life. Eating lunch with her friends in school she looked down at a milk carton and saw her face as a little girl twelve years before. This book takes the reader along her journey of guilt and courage to find the truth behind the milk carton. Along the way she finds out that her seemingly perfect family has its secrets just like everyone else. She also falls in love with the boy next door (literally) and finds out a thing or two about herself and those around her.
Personal Notes: This book is another of my favorites. I love the way the author relates the struggle that Janie has after she sees the milk carton. The struggle consumes her and the reader at the same time. I was eagerly turning the page to find out what happened. One would think a subject like this would tend toward depressing but the author focuses not only on the Janie's struggle but also on her life of fun and happiness outside of the struggle. The end was a little too loose for my tastes but since there is a sequel "Whatever Happened to Janie" I'm sure it all gets wrapped up there. Overall a great book and a fun read.
Other reviews available:
Whatever Happened to Janie? by Caroline B. Cooney
The Voice on the Radio by Caroline B. Cooney
What Janie Found by Caroline B. Cooney