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The Voice on the Radio

Book review by
Monica Wyatt, Common Sense Media
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Suspense and page-turning excitement for teens.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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