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Publisher's Summary

When Janie first realized she was the missing child on the milk carton, her whole world fell apart. At first, she wondered if the parents she loved so much had actually kidnapped her, but it turns out that they were only trying to protect her. Now that the mystery of Janie's kidnapping has been unraveled, she is caught on the horns of a huge dilemma.

Since the age of three, she has been calling the Johnsons "Mommy" and "Daddy." Suddenly, at the age of 15, she's expected to start her life all over again with a house full of noisy siblings and two strangers who are her biological parents. Will things ever be normal again?

Young adult listeners may see something of themselves in the teen-aged Janie, whose anger, stubbornness, and rebellion are natural in her situation. Narrator Alyssa Bresnahan skillfully conveys the powerful emotions and the realistic decisions that this award-winning author so deftly tackles.

©1993 Caroline B. Cooney (P)1998 Recorded Books

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Great Book!!!!

Very interesting...Can't wait to read the next book!!!! I have to finish it as soon as I started it!!!

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Dated

Janie, real name Jenny, returns from the Johnsons, the only parents whom she remembers to live with her biological family. She calls the Johnsons who thought they were raising their granddaughter, Mommy and Daddy and refers to them as her real parents. At age fifteen she behaves like a spoiled ten year old, with some flashes of remorse.

Liking Janie was difficult, her bio family bent over backwards to make her feel loved and comfortable. The Johnsons say she should try, but their voices tell that they hope she won’t.

I had most empathy for her bio family, understood the Johnsons and Janie but didn’t like them much.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO JANIE? Is quite dated.

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Omg! The echo in this one!! It’s awful!!! I can’t take listening to it because I’m hearing it twice!!!

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Enjoyed very much!

loved it! Couldn't wait to get back to listening to it. Want to get next.

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Boring

Alyssa Bresnahan did a great job but the story was just too boring for me.

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Even better then the first !

The second book is as gripping as the first maybe even more cause now we’ve made a strong connection with the characters.
Recommend for 13 and up even adults in my opinion - a real good mystery book ! Thanks dear author!

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decent follow up


good story line, expected a different ending. listened to both books with my junior high daughter.