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Whatever Happened to Janie? (Janie Johnson #2)

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  9,137 ratings  ·  420 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
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by Laurel Leaf Library (first published January 1st 1993)
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Shannon
I don't remember what happened to Janie, but knowing Caroline B. Cooney , it was something excessively dramatic.
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
Jen
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
rivka
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
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
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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
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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
Jeanie
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
Sarah
A great follow up exploring the conflicting feelings of all those affected by Jennie's abduction.
Cristians
Just as the Spring family forgets about their missing family member Jennie Spring they receive a phone call from than none other than herself Jennie. Janie/Jennie is now having to go to New Jersey to reunite with her long lost family.This wasn’t Janie’s idea she just wanted to let the Springs know she was fine but know she has to leave her Family and enter a new world where things are different. When Janie meets her new family she sees them as aliens from another planet but she sees a resemblan ...more
Viviana
Whatever Happened To Janie by Caroline B. Cooney is about Janie how is going to New Jersey to live with her parents, 3 brothers ( a pair of twins named Brian and Brendan and a big brother named Stephen), and one sister ( named Jodie). When she first gets there she is shocked on how different it is from her old house like she doesn't get her own room she has to share with her sister and also there is only one bathroom for all seven of them. Janie doesn't try to bond with them all she thinks of a ...more
Franki D
The novel, Whatever Happened to Janie, by Caroline B. Cooney is about a teenage girl that has a difficult time adjusting to a group of strangers that is her family. She grew up with a kind and caring man and woman, but she finds out she has been living a lie and the family she has had is not her biological family; it turns out her “parents’” daughter kidnapped her and convinced the caring man and woman that it was her real daughter—their granddaughter. Janie finds out though that they are not he ...more
Lauren Blau
I honestly really likes this book, actually it was one of the best books I have ever read! In the first book, The Face On The Milk Carton, was just about Janie finding a milk carton with her face on it. But what happens after? Janie is forced to move to her real family, all the way in New Jersey. While leaving behind her parents and her boyfriend, Janie is hit with hard news. She has a sister, twin brothers, and an older brother. Janie keeps feeling that the wanted to be kidnapped, that she want ...more
Rose
Nov 30, 2014 Rose rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: re-read, ya
I must've read this book -- and its predecessor, "The Face on the Milk Carton" -- fifty times when I was in elementary school. The premise is genius: Janie, a high school student, sits down to lunch one day and idly glances at the "Have You Seen This Child?" picture on the back of her milk carton. The photo they show is of a toddler, a picture taken some twelve years ago. And yet, Janie recognizes the child. How? Because it's her.

Thriller set-ups don't get much better than this, and yet, in the
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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
Caroline
Whatever Happened to Janie is far different from The Face on the Milk Carton, in this book it was fun because it showed how Janie adjusted to her new family. I think it still kept you on your toes because you wanted to know when Janie would adjust to her family, or if she ever would. I loved how the author included different perspectives (Janie's, Reeve's, Janie's new sisters and brothers, etc). I absolutely love the relationship between Reeve and Janie. Their relationship is full of support and ...more
Karschtl
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
Rashmi Tiwari
I loved this duo of books when I was younger (Face on the Milk Carton is the other one) and I was at my parents' house and decided to reread it. The book is a bit repetitive which I also remember thinking when I was younger.

However, now that I have a kid of my own, I was newly invested in the moral question of the story. My daughter is the same age as Janie was when she was taken from her birth family by a disturbed young woman and she found happiness and had a great upbringing being raised by
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Jessica
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.
Lauren
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
Rachel Johnston
This is the second book of the Milk Carton series. It's about what happened to Janie, she decided to live with the springs. This book goes kind of slow so I didn't like that but otherwise it's a good book. It leaves you at a cliff hanger, you wander what happens after, now there is a 3rd book! I will try and read that book as well. I fell in love with this series. It makes you wonder what happened to Hannah, why are the Johnsons afraid and now old. Why did Jamie decided to move back to her kidna ...more
Shelley
Janie is forced to leave Connecticut to become Jennie Spring for the first time since she was a toddler. It doesn't go well. This is the book I always remember in this series, and I think I prefer it to the first. I find it fascinating that Janie's transition was approached so badly - it seems designed to set everyone up to fail, her and both sets of parents alike. It's a terrifying idea, giving up everything you know to move in with strangers who expect you to be someone you don't remember bein ...more
Ghiggins
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
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Melissa
It was a really good book especially if you liked the first book.
Emma Brown
I really liked the way the author was able to give an accurate portrayal of what Janie and her family would feel. I loved that it wasn't like she went back to the Springs and just lived happily ever after. Instead, Cooney actually delved into these negative emotions and fear that went with having to be uprooted from everything the character knew. However, I did think this book dragged a little in the middle and it never really had a big climax or twist like I was expecting. But I do give this bo ...more
Eden
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.

Living in New Jersey with her real family, Janie has to become Jennie Spring and Janie doesn't know if she can. 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
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Caroline Cooney knew in sixth grade that she wanted to be a writer when "the best teacher I ever had in my life" made writing her main focus. "He used to rip off covers from The New Yorker and pass them around and make us write a short story on whichever cover we got. I started writing then and never stopped!"
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Other Books in the Series

Janie Johnson (6 books)
  • The Face on the Milk Carton (Janie Johnson, #1)
  • The Voice on the Radio (Janie Johnson, #3)
  • What Janie Found (Janie Johnson, #4)
  • What Janie Saw (Janie Johnson, #4.5)
  • Janie Face to Face (Janie Johnson, #5)
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