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Whatever Happened to Janie?

By Monica Wyatt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Fans of the first book will devour this one.

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Although Caroline Cooney includes an explanation of Janie's kidnapping from the first book, it comes so late that readers new to the series will be confused. Those who have read the first book in this series will rush to find out WHATEVER HAPPENED TO JANIE? Teenagers struggling to find their own identities will understand and empathize with Janie as she tries to become a daughter to strangers. Everything in the Spring household differs radically from her home in Connecticut.

She recognizes that her new family, especially her parents, are good people who truly love her. She doesn't want to hurt them further, yet she also knows the situation is destroying the parents she knows. At the age of 15, Janie can't suddenly forget her entire childhood and begin to become another person. All of these swirling emotions speak to young readers, many of whom struggle to deal with divorce and stepparents in two different homes.

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