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What Janie Found (Janie Johnson #4)

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Janie’s two families appear to have made peace. Life seems almost normal. She’s even decided to speak to her former boyfriend, Reeve, again. But then Janie’s Connecticut father suffers a sudden stroke, and this tragedy leaves her mother reeling. Janie must step in to manage family finances and to support her mother emotionally.

While handling her father’s business matters,
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Published February 12th 2002 by Laurel Leaf Library (first published January 1st 2000)
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Jul 16, 2015 Eden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, reviewed
Janie's father, the one in Connecticut, has had a stroke and a heart attack. The responsibility of his papers and bills that need paid have fallen into Janie's hands.

While going through the paid bills, Janie finds a file about Hannah. And what she finds is hard for her to process.

It seems that her father has been sending money to Hannah for years. Despite all the trouble she put her parents through with the cult, he still worried about her.

And all it did was make Janie angry.

Janie found the addr
Dione Basseri
Jul 29, 2016 Dione Basseri rated it really liked it
Cooney finds a new way to destroy Janie. I mean, as a character in a series, that's her function, but you got to cringe a bit when you see there's a new book.

Janie's "adoptive" father has had a heart attack and stroke. Her mother thinks this is a great idea to teach Janie about the paperwork involved in running a household, with the unfortunate side-effect that Janie discovers her father has been sending quarterly payments to Janie's kidnapper, Hannah. With her father unable to communicate, Jani
Cynthia Sillitoe
Jun 27, 2016 Cynthia Sillitoe rated it liked it
I can't not read these, but I really haven't liked any since the second.
Cherie' Schier
From the first book, this hasn't been a series that blew me away, but I've continued because it's a quick, interesting story. However, I think the rest of the series shows how unimportant this story continuation is to the author.

Whole groups of sentences are just copied and pasted through books, which just screams laziness to me. Second, there are multiple plot points that are inconsistent. Stephen's feelings toward Janie shift without reason from each interaction they've had, over protective p
Oct 07, 2015 Roybot rated it it was ok
Jennie Spring was that girl on the milk carton. Kidnapped as a toddler, she lived most of her life thinking she was Janie Johnson. She was raised by the parents of the young woman who kidnapped her. When the deception came out, both families were stunned. The Johnsons had no idea their daughter had kidnapped young Janie. Years later, Janie now has two families. She lives most of her life with the Johnsons, who raised her, but is trying to form stronger relationships with her birth family, the Sp ...more
Sep 19, 2015 Tegan rated it liked it
What Janie Found makes the reader believe that we are going to get answers. Throughout the whole book, Janie says she is going to find Hannah and talk to her to find out "why her?" This is very exciting, because I've been waiting for the whole series to hear from Hannah. So imagine my disappointment when she did not follow through with her promises.

Needless to say, this book felt an unnecessary part of the series. This fourth part in the series is about Janie finding out something about her "
Jul 07, 2015 Michelle rated it it was ok
Hmm, this felt like filler to me. Not bad but kind of pointless and becoming less connected to the original story.

In this one, Janie, her brother Brian, and ex-boyfriend Reeve travel to Colorado to visit brother Stephen. At least on the surface. What's actually happening is that Janie has discovered that her father, Frank Johnson, the "kidnap father", has been sending checks to Janie's kidnapper/Frank's biological daughter Hannah for years, and Janie's seeking her out (the checks are delivered
Emma Brown
May 19, 2015 Emma Brown rated it liked it
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Paige O'brien
The concluding book in the Janie Johnson series helps clear the mystery and give the readers an answer. This book is the fourth and final book in a series about a girl who was kidnapped at age 3, but lives with her kidnappers parents, because for the 12 years she had lived with them believing that they were her real parents, and had no memory of her kidnapper, nor her real family. After living with her real family, and going back to her fake family, she has finally made peace with her story, and ...more
Julie Decker
Aug 23, 2014 Julie Decker rated it liked it
When Janie's adoptive father has a heart attack, new secrets are revealed: Since Janie is now involved in handling some of her dad's medical information, she has access to his personal records and finds a file about the woman who kidnapped her. They also find that she's not dead--as they believed--and has been accepting money from her father. Janie, her boyfriend, and her biological brother consider whether they should confront/meet Hannah. What would it accomplish? Would it be traumatic? Can sh ...more
Feb 06, 2015 Kbord rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are some serious technological "retcons" (retroactive continuity) in this book. Everyone now has smartphones and uses Facebook only a year after the previous books were written, in which everyone used corded landlines and call waiting probably hadn't been invented yet. Just a couple of years earlier (the early books were written long before), the kids had audio cassettes in their cars.

There are also some plot retcons in this book. Suddenly, the Spring kids grew up with cell phones instead
What Janie Found is the fourth book in the Janie Johnson series. No spoilers for it below, but no promises that there won't be spoilers for the first three books.

Janie is still "recovering" from Reeve's betrayal in The Voice on the Radio when Frank Johnson suffers a bad stroke. Suddenly she finds herself spending the summer going through her father's office, trying to piece together her parents' finances, and helping Miranda make decisions concerning their future. Fortunately, she has begun to m
Sarah Crawford
Jan 27, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
This is the last in the Janie series of books. In this one, she finds out that her father has known Hannah's address for quite a while and has even been sending her money.

Janie wants to confront Hannah and ask her some questions, and gets Brian and Reeve to go along with her. Stephen, also from her 'other' family, is the one they visit, since Hannah seems to be in the same city that he is.

Reeve and Brian try to convince her that finding Hannah is not really a good idea. For one thing, it could
This book has been around what Janie found after trying to help her mother pay the bills after her father had a stroke. That's her Johnson parents. Janie finds a file in Frank's office and then she finds out that he's not only been hiding this from her but also the FBI and maybe his wife. Janie doesn't have the heart to ask her in case Miranda knew as well. It's also not the best time to be bringing it up. Instead she confides in her little brother Brian and Reeve, who she's not sure she can tru ...more
Mar 31, 2015 Shelley rated it liked it
Shelves: youth, 2015
Janie's had to take over for her Connecticut parents after her dad had a stroke, and discovers that her dad has been sending money to Hannah for years. Interesting idea, and I can see why she felt betrayed by that. I liked seeing her getting closer to merging her families, with Brian spending the summer on Connecticut, and I liked seeing Stephen away from his family and getting closer to her. I couldn't stand Kathleen but felt bad for her with her dad encouraging her because he could see that St ...more
Mar 29, 2016 Chris rated it it was ok
What even? I am getting tired of listening to these foolish people dither endlessly about how their lives have been ruined by this kidnapping. The two main things in this book that made me stabby were that 1) The big shocking secret that Janie discovered really wasn't that shocking. I was expecting something much more scandalous. What a letdown. 2) Something that has always bothered me about this series is that Janie especially, and some of the other characters consider doing things or saying th ...more
Brookelynn Smith
"What Janie Found" by Caroline B. Cooney is an enticing novel full of mystery, deceit, kidnapping, and secrets. Janie Johnson/Jennie Spring is on the hunt for her kidnapper when she discovers that her kidnapper's father has been sending money to her. Janie is accompanied by her brother and former boyfriend on a trip to Colorado to hunt down her kidnapper, and yet, all she finds is more secrets and mysteries about herself. This story of Janie Johnson/Jennie Spring will have you reading cover-to-c ...more
Judy Jones
Janie's father, Mr. Johnson, has had a heart attack and stroke, while she helps her mother with bills and filing, she finds a folder marked "HJ." Upon closer examination, she finds out where her kidnapper lives, and she wants answers. She, Reeve, and her brother Brian put together a plan to travel to where Hannah now supposedly lives. Janie is determined to confront her and get the answers to her questions but finds herself considering how her contact with Hannah will affect both of her families ...more
Jul 17, 2010 Kenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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By: Caroline B. Cooney

This is one remarkably outstanding book that I had to read ever. It deals with a girl named Janie who in terms find out that she was kidnapped by a girl named Hannah. Hannah kidnapped Janie and ran away from her own family. Hannah gave this baby girl in which she kidnapped to her family. Hannah's family has no clue that their baby girl, Janie was kidnapped. Our story also starts from Stephen's view point, because it starts out with him beginning co
Apr 08, 2011 Kieryn rated it did not like it
What Janie found is the ending to the series of the Face on the Milk Carton. It is about Janie, the main character trying to get answers from her kiddnapper. She must lie on her journey to find her answers.
I didn't really like this book. The author's thoughts were not organized. There is dialouge then a pause to describe what the person was thinking. Then, there would be a flashback or something that the speaker liked. The chapters were confusing as well. One scene would be about Janie, then t
Gayle Francis Moffet
Apr 05, 2012 Gayle Francis Moffet rated it really liked it
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Breanna F
Mar 15, 2010 Breanna F rated it liked it
What Janie Found

What Janie Found by Caroline B Cooney is the thrilling 4th and last book in the series the Face On The Milk Carton.
Janie has just finished the stress of staying with her real family or her fake. However, Janie's pain isn't over yet.
Janie again has chosen her fake parents, but her fake father has sadly suffered stroke and is in the hospital. And now, Janie is in charge of the bills. But when Janie finds a folder labeled H.J it can only mean one thing, Hannah Javenson, her kidnapp
Sep 05, 2012 Diana rated it it was ok
This is the fourth and last in Cooney's Janie series. Janie discovers that her father had been sending money to the woman who kidnapped her. She has to deal with her anger at his deception while at the same time cope with her grief and fear because he has suffered a heart attack and stroke and may not survive. She decides to set out to meet the woman who kidnapped her and find out the answers to her many questions about her kidnapping.

Cooney has a gift for capturing adolescence: the conflicting
Nov 01, 2010 Vanessa rated it really liked it
I read What Janie Found by Caroline B. Cooney. The book is the companion to the Face on the Milk Carton, What ever Happened to Janie, and Voice on the Radio. This series is about Janie finding out that she is not a Johnson but a Spring. She finds out that she was kidnapped, not by her Johnston family but but their daughter, Hannah. Janie's boyfriend then goes to collage and goes on a radio station. He then starts telling stories about Janie. Janie soon finds out and gets mad at him. In this book ...more
Whitney (First Impressions Reviews)
Janie's Connecticut father has suffered a stroke/heart attack and Janie has been assigned to putting his office in order. Among the cabinet drawers she finds a thin file marked H.J. -- Hannah Javenson, Miranda and Frank Johnson's biological daughter, the woman who kidnapped Jennie Spring and set all this turmoil in motion. In this file Janie found a checkbook in which Frank has been mailing checks to his child for the last three years, postmarked to Colorado. Colorado, where her older brother St ...more
Natalie Rock
Sep 05, 2011 Natalie Rock rated it really liked it
What Janie found was a very good book it answered all of the questions. It really showed all of the feelings that Stephen and had how angry and upset he was. I didn't like how in all of the books they are going to meet Hannah then they don't and it keeps on going till the final decision they had to make. I thought it was to much back and forth between those decisions. I think this was a good ending for the book and series. I liked how the book jumped in right away to what she found there wasn't ...more
Isabelle G
Oct 30, 2011 Isabelle G rated it it was amazing
So far in this book, Janie Johnson has been thinking about her Conneticuit father who's in the hospital because he had a stroke and a heart attack. Reeve, Janie's neighbor, and Brian, Janie's brother, were staying with Janie and her Conneticuit mother throughout the beginning of the summer.
Janie found a folder on Hannah (her kidnapper and the Johnson's daughter) while sorting through bills and folders in her Conneticuit dad's desk. Reeve and Brian also saw the folder, and the expression on Janie
Nov 25, 2012 Talia is currently reading it
“What Janie Found” by Caroline B. Cooney, is a marvelous novel, which is part of a series. “What Janie Found” includes lots of mysteries, romance, and drama. Caroline is always keeping readers on the edge of their seats after every chapter concludes. Janie, the protagonist, is a curious, sensitive character. She often wants to find out unrevealed news about her identity. But, when she uncovers a mystery, she wishes she never discovered it and she could move on with her life. When Janie’s family ...more
Sarah Aly
Dec 29, 2007 Sarah Aly rated it it was amazing
The story began when teenage Janie Johnson recognized her younger self as The Face on the Milk Carton. It continued when she tried to fit in with her birth family, leaving her "real" parents grieving about Whatever Happened to Janie. The complicated saga took a vicious turn when Janie's boyfriend Reeve betrayed her, broadcasting her troubles as The Voice on the Radio. Finally, we are provided with a suspenseful, satisfying conclusion as Caroline B. Cooney reveals What Janie Found.
The discovery
Sep 05, 2013 Jenna rated it liked it
Shelves: series, young-adult, 2013
Rather Be Reading YA

This is the fourth book in the Janie Johnson series and may contain spoilers for the first three books.

It’s been many years since I last read any of the books in this series. I remember the first book, The Face on the Milk Carton, making a big impression on me. I probably read it around the time it came out, and I vaguely remember the TV movie starring Kellie Martin too. How horrific would it be to see your own face as a missing kid on a milk carton, to realize that the paren

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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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“But I found my family.
I found the right thing to do.
I found the way home.”
“Stephen had just come from a class discussion in which several students believed that the right cup of herbal tea would save them from pain and sorrow. Well acquainted with pain and sorrow, Stephen did not contribute to the discussion. He merely crossed these idiots off his list of possible friends.” 11 likes
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