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Whatever Happened to Janie? (Janie Johnson #2)

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  8,460 ratings  ·  383 reviews
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...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by Laurel Leaf Library (first published January 1st 1993)
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Brianna Tinsley
Three-year-old Jennie Spring was kidnapped by the daughter of the Javenson family. The Johnson family who was originally the Javenson’s renamed Jennie to Janie Spring. Janie has been told she is allergic to milk so she never paid much attention to milk, but one day at school she takes her friend, Sarah-Charlotte, milk carton and discovers the missing little girl’s face and believes that it could be her possibly. She doesn’t believe it at first and thinks it might be a mistake but then she starts...more
I don't remember what happened to Janie, but knowing Caroline B. Cooney , it was something excessively dramatic.
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 "how do we go on?"

Questions that never have simple answers.

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.
Katherine Farmer
This is a great book about this girl named Janie who got kidnapped and realizes her face on a milk carton. She finds out that she was kidnapped by a woman named Hannah at three years old. Hannah gave the girl to her parents saying that it was her daughter but really wasn't. Janie calls her real parents that have been grieving over her thinking she was dead or was tortured. When Janie goes to her real parents house she isn't comfortable and feels "homesick". So she decides to go to her fake famil...more
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...more
Nancy Chaffin
Overview: The book begins with an account of the anguish and fear the Spring family suffered as they dealt with the kidnapping of their daughter. The police were unable to find any trace of the little girl and the entire family suffered and grieved for twelve years.

In another part of the country, Janie Johnson discovered a picture of a missing girl on the cover of a milk carton and realized it was her face. She wrestled with the knowledge and finally revealed the truth to her boyfriend. After co...more
Georgia K
I gave four stars to the first one, this one managed to blow me away.
After contacting her real parents, Janie is sent to live with them without contacting home for at least three months. Once there, she is nothing like they expected. Everyone expected her to be happy to be back, instead she acts depressed and wants her old parents back. Her real parents, the Springs, try to compromise, but the problem is the little things like apple juice instead of orange juice in the morning and being expected...more
Shally Clark
Jun 22, 2010 Shally Clark rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teenagers and lovers of YA literature
Summary: This is the sequel to The Face on the Milk Carton. It is what happens to Janie after she finds out everything she does about her parents, where she came from and where she feels like she belongs. It is a big test for Janie to she what she really wants as her life has been turned upside-down. She has to grow up fast as she faces the reality of what happens. It is a book about her reaction and she treats those that love her. She has to choose what she really wants while she has pressures...more
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...more
Julie Decker
In the previous book, The Face on the Milk Carton, Janie discovered she was born Jennie Spring, and she was kidnapped by a woman who left her with her own parents (claiming Janie was her child) and then returning to a cult she was in. When Janie tracked down her biological parents and decided to meet them, an upheaval occurred and Janie got taken away to live with her biological family. Though she cares about touching her roots, she misses the parents who raised her, and she suffers homesickness...more
Just good that I had this second part of the series as well, cause after I finished the first book I wanted to know what happenend after Jamie finally called her real parents.

The feeling of homesickness was understandable for me, I've lived in a 'foreign' family for a year as well - and it's just different from being really home.

But I think they could have found a compromise where both families would have been happier. But it's just a book after all.
Sophee Gunter
I am currently reading this book. I like this book more than the first one because it actually has the Spring family involved. The first book didn't have them in it very much. I like how at the very beginning it actually gives Jennie/Janie's sisters point of view and what she thinks about all of this. It describes how their lives have been ever since their precious sister had been abducted. When I gave my review of the first book, it was more negative because I thought Janie was so selfish in it...more
As the sequel to The Face on The Milk Carton, this book continues the story of Janie Johnson, who one day sees her face on the side of a milk carton, and next to it, MISSING. This book was equally as good as the first, and anyone who has already read the Face on The Milk Carton knows that it is impossible NOT to read the sequel!
Traci Haley
I think I actually liked this book better than the first in the series. The first one is a classic and wonderfully written... but Caroline Cooney never reveals what really happens to Janie... that story is reserved for this book. I think it was well done and realistically written and I'm thoroughly enjoying re-reading these books.
It all began with the milk carton. Janie Johnson stole her friend's milk carton on day and saw the missing child's picture on the back of it. She was so sure that it was her, and it was. Flash-forward to the second book, and this one is about how Janie will fit into life. I liked the fact that you could see the aftermath of what happened to her, but I still didn't get the point of the book. It seemed like she was torn up more in the second book than the first book. It seemed a bit drawn out and...more
I enjoyed this book very much because it is a continuation of the face on the milk carton. In this story Janie goes back to her real family but she feels like she is betraying her Connecticut parents so she refuses to accept that she likes her New Jersey family. This book was very interesting to me and didn't take me very long to read. I would definitely recommend this book to a class mate as long as they read the series in order. I would recommend it because i felt that even though Janie's situ...more
Ally Pershina
Whatever Happened to Janie was a great book!
It is the second book to The Face on the Milk Carton. This book was about how Janie and her family in New Jersey meet for the first time since the kidnapping. Janie hates her real family, she felt very homesick. Janie started getting used to her new family but decided to move back home with her Connecticut family.

I did like this book, I like how it went right off the first book! I loved all the surprising moments. This book was super interesting to rea...more
It was a really good book especially if you liked the first book.
Adam Williams
The theme of Whatever Happened to Janie? by Caroline B. Cooney is about experiencing life from different points of view. This is the second book in a series. The setting of the book is a small crowded and noisy house in New Jersey where Jennie lives with the Spring family and their 4 other children. It is during the school year. The book is written in third person limited perspective. Janie is a 15-year-old red-haired girl who is returned to her birth parents after she finds out that she had bee...more
Rachel Hanville
"Whatever happened to Janie" is the second book in the Janie Johnson series. Janie doesn't want to go live with her biological parents, but she is sent there anyway since she is their daughter and they want her back after all these years. Janie struggles with whether she should try and be Jennie Springs or if she should resist her biological family and try to stay Janie Johnson as long as she possibly can.

I really enjoyed reading about when Janie went back to her real family. I kept hoping th...more
Janie has found her "real" family, the family that lost her to kidnapping twelve years ago. Instead of feeling relieved that she figured it all out, she's anxious because now she has to leave her parents, her home, her friends and her boyfriend to live in a crowded house full of strangers five hours away from everything she's ever known. There are new parents, new siblings, a new school, and nothing is familiar. She misses her parents horribly and although the Springs are trying, it's not home...more
Gayle Francis Moffet
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Breanna F
How could Janie Johnson be that missing girl on the milk carton? How could her dear family have kidnapped her? Why is Janie Johnson’s life more complicated then any other 15 year old girl?
Now the truth of the kidnapping is revealed but the night mare is not over. Janie is to live with her real family. She can’t stand it. She can’t even think about leaving her elderly parents, after their first daughter Hannah had left them for the cult. How could they bear to lose another child? How can Janie le...more
Rachel Quint
Nov 11, 2008 Rachel Quint rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens
Recommended to Rachel by: it was in my basement
The main topic of the book was being lost. Janie Johnson, a girl who really grew up with the name of Jennie Spring, is lost mentally, physically, and emotionally throughout her fifteen years of life.
Something as simple as a milk carton could change someones life forever. Who ever knew?
One thing that i really learned from this book though is being able to keep my cool and why i should. In situations where i become frustrated with the people around me, i learned that it is best to try and get alo...more
Sandy Wang
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Kimberly Fields
Whatever Happened to Janie was a definite improvement over The Face on the Milk Carton. It begins with Janie moving in with her biological family for a few months. I thought it was an interesting portrayal of the difficulties of getting adjusted to a new family/new family member. I was glad Cooney showed perspectives from various different family members. However, I thought the birth family were way underestimating how hard of a transition it would be for everyone. Maybe that's really how it wou...more
Whatever Happened to Janie? by Caroline B. Cooney was a great book about Janie, a girl who lived in Connecticut. She had a perfect life, amazing parents, a huge house, great room, lots of friends, a great boyfriend- a picture perfect life to say the least!!! Until she looked at a milk carton. It had her picture on it, saying missing child. Now she has to go live with her "real" parents after thinking her "fake" parents were her "real" ones. Things are hard for her, and this book shows her strugg...more
After recognizing her face on a milk carton Janie Johnson has been reconnected with her biological family and is facing an identity crises. Is she Janie Johnson or Jennie Spring?

The Springs, are decent people who had the worst luck fall upon them, obviously after hearing their daughter is alive and well welcome her back with open arms. Unfortunately, Janie is unwilling to except these changes and chooses to live in her seemingly perfect past. Most of the story revolves around Janie's adjustment,...more
Isabelle G
Recently in this book, Janie was going to be turning 16, but since her "parents" had to make up her birthday, she actually isn't turning 16. Also, Janie (Jennie) is still learning how to be more of a Spring than a Johnson (she recently went back to her original home,) and she is luckily aloud to speak to Mrs. Johnson, her "mom". Since it was almost her "birhtday", she was thinking about all of her past wonderful birthdays. I feel bad for Jnaie, because she grew up with her birthday being May 10t...more
Whatever happened to Janie is a sequel to The face on the milk carton and Janie has moved into her real families house and she is real shy to them because she hasn't seen them in twelve year and the prey every night, but her other family never did and their house is so small and their are seven people in the family and they all share one bathroom and Janie at her old house had her own bathroom and she has four dozen clothes and her sister Jodie that she has to share a room with. Her new brothers...more
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