The Voice on the Radio



Suspense and page-turning excitement for teens.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The main character's boyfriend broadcasts her private pain over the radio for his own personal gain.


The main character continues to deal with belonging to two families, and also with the treachery of her boyfriend.

Not applicable
Not applicable
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the emotional turmoil continues in this second sequel, with a horrible invasion of privacy and writing that keeps kids zooming forward.

What's the story?

Janie's boyfriend, Reeve, now living at college, wants to be a radio DJ. Given his chance and desperate for something to say, he begins to tell Janie's story to all of Boston. Reeve becomes a huge hit until Janie visits Boston and tunes in. This third book in the series continues suspense and page-turning excitement.

Is it any good?


The suspense doesn't let up in this second sequel to Caroline Cooney's gripping The Face on the Milk Carton, the story of how Janie Johnson recognized her own picture as a 3-year-old missing child. This book will fascinate young readers weaving their way through the intricacies of love, loyalty, strength, and weakness.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Janie's unique situation. How does she handle the challenge of having different "families"? How would you feel in her situation?

Book details

Author:Caroline B. Cooney
Genre:Family Life
Book type:Fiction
Publication date:January 1, 1996
Number of pages:183

This review of The Voice on the Radio was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Teen, 16 years old Written bymoviemogul April 9, 2008
Teen, 16 years old Written byanime_freak004 April 9, 2008
Kid, 12 years old February 6, 2014


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Star Wars Guide