Parents' Guide to

The Face on the Milk Carton

By Monica Wyatt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

A gripping, emotionally complex page-turner.

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age 13+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 18+

Good plot ruined by sexual content

I was excited for my 11 yr old daughter to read this book that she had checked out of her middle school library. It was highly recommended by classmates. I started reading through different chapters and realized this was totally unacceptable for my daughter. Our society accepts, promotes and glamorizes inappropriate sex, but then is perplexed by the consequences of, STD's, HPV, illegitimate children, teen pregnancies, marital affairs, etc. The thing that makes me most upset is that the story line was soooo good, but was ruined by the promotion of teen sex.
age 12+

An addicting and thought provoking book...

This was the book that hooked me onto reading when I was barely 12. If my 6th grade librarian hadn't recommended this book I never would have become the avid reader I am today. The story makes you think, it makes you view life from a different perspective, and (at least for me) it made me realize how lucky I was to have my family. This is a great story for kids to read because it addresses some of the same issues they will be up against in no time but at the same time it is entertaining and it truly challenges them in their view of the world.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (26 ):

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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