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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,
Paperback, 181 pages
Published February 12th 2002 by Laurel Leaf Library (first published January 1st 2000)
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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
Shyann Thomas
As a conclusion to the series, this was a good book. It was far from my favorite, but I liked it. At first, I did not understand why Janie was so mad about what her dad was doing. I did not think it was a big deal because, after all, it was his daughter! Any good father would try to take care of his daughter, even if she did something terrible, unthinkable! As I read on, though, I could kind of understand how Janie felt. But all together, she had been through so much that it was just everything ...more
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
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 "
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
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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
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
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
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
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
Ally Pershina
What Janie found was a very good book! Janie is starting to like her biological family and like to hangout with them. A lot of discoveries happened in this book! Mr. Johnson had a stroke and went to the hospital. There are many twists and turns with Hannah and Janie's family in this book! Reeve, Janie, and Brian went to Colorado to figure out some mysteries.

I love this series a lot, but this book didn't really catch my interest like the other books in the series. What Janie found kind of confus
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
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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
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
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Breanna F
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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

{my thoughts} - This book summed up the entire series in a sense. I wasn’t pleased with the different point of views in which it had been written. It had switched from Janie, Reeve and Brian throughout the book which was more then annoying in my honest opinion. I was actually rather surprised at what she had found but even more surprised that she and Reeve had gotten back together after the last book. I also couldn’t believe how well both families were getting along that they allowed their non-k ...more
Viktoria Jean
Oct 28, 2007 Viktoria Jean rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: MILKCARTON KIDS
What Janie Found is the final conclusion to the JANIE Quartet. The story of Janie Johnson first began with Caroline B. Cooney's The Face on the Milk Carton, a book that was made into a TV movie about a teenager who recognizes her own three-year-old face on a milk carton and discovers that she had been kidnapped years before.
Two additional books, What Happened to Janie? and The Voice on the Radio, continued the remarkable story of a girl who somehow needed to blend her present life and family wi
The final book in this series of four about Janie Johnson, the missing girl who saw her own picture on a milk carton. In this book, Janie's adoptive father has just suffered a stroke, and is unable to do anything. Janie is now responsible for handling all of his paperwork, as her mother is not able to do it.

Whilst sorting things out, Janie finds a folder marked HJ (the Johnson's daughter, Hannah, who kidnapped her). She is shocked to realize that her father might have known all along that she ha
Anne Osterlund
Janie’s father is dying. Probably. And while he is in the hospital, Janie is placed in charge of paying the bills, which is why she is the one who finds the folder for Hannah Javensen, the woman who kidnapped Janie when she was only three.

The folder has an address for Hannah. And evidence that Janie’s father has been writing Hannah checks, funding the life of the woman who tore apart Janie’s own life. The address is in Boulder, CO., where Janie’s older brother, Stephen, lives.

Which means Janie h
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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!"
When her children were young, Caroline started writing books for young people -- with rem
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Other Books in the Series

Janie Johnson (6 books)
  • The Face on the Milk Carton (Janie Johnson, #1)
  • Whatever Happened to Janie? (Janie Johnson, #2)
  • The Voice on the Radio (Janie Johnson, #3)
  • What Janie Saw (Janie Johnson, #4.5)
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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.” 12 likes
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