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Janie and her boyfriend cut school one day, arrive home late, and do not call their parents, resulting in serious punishment.
Violence & Scariness
Janie discovers that she was kidnapped from her real family. Initially, she is unsure whether the parents she has now are the kidnappers.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild references to adolescent sexual desire. Janie approaches having sex, decides against it, but later hints that she may agree to sex in the future.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this gripping page-turner is likely to inspire serious thinking about the importance of families.
Is It Any Good?
Cooney addresses Janie's problems honestly and openly; teens will be drawn to this book for the intriguing story, and because they recognize the characters as real teenagers like themselves. They instantly become caught up in a good mystery, but they also begin to think about the importance and complexity of family relationships. Janie's dilemma reflects their own uncertainty about life.
Janie Johnson confronts the abrupt truth that she doesn't know who she really is -- she doesn't even know her real name. Even worse, she has no idea who her parents are -- neither the parents she knows, who may be kidnappers, nor the parents who lost her. And her friendship with Reeve has moved into sexual awareness.
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