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The Voice on the Radio
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Caroline B. Cooney is the author of "Goddess of Yesterday" (an ALA Notable Children's Book); "The Ransom of Mercy Carter"; and "The Face on the Milk Carton" (an IRA-CBC Children's Choice). She lives in Westbrook, CT.

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Gr 6-10‘This companion to The Face on the Milk Carton (Bantam, 1990) and Whatever Happened to Janie (Delacorte, 1993) provides more intimate details about characters that readers have come to know and care about. Janie Johnson first saw her face on a milk carton one year ago. Reeve Shields, her boyfriend, is now a college freshman and dreams of being a talk-show DJ. As he stares at the microphone in the control room of the campus radio station, the story of Janie's kidnapping at the age of three begins to slide out of his mouth and into the airwaves of Boston. Janie, in the meantime, is trying to recover from six months of nonstop confusion in her life, having recently learned about her past. When she accompanies her newfound sister and brother on a trip to visit colleges (and see her boyfriend) in Boston, Reeve's voice on the radio makes their tumultuous lives veer in a completely new direction. The complexity of human thought and actions is vividly portrayed through the author's distinctive prose, and readers are drawn deeply into the minds and hearts of the characters. Teens who have never read about Janie's circumstances are brought up to speed by the seamless intertwining of former events throughout the story. Cooney's outstanding command of emotional tension has taken this novel to extraordinary heights.‘Jana R. Fine, Clearwater Public Library System, FL

Praise for "The Voice on the Radio: "

*"Cooney's outstanding command of emotional tension has taken this novel to extraordinary heights."
--"School Library Journal, " starred review

*"Readers of Cooney's addictive "The Face on the Milk Carton" and "Whatever Happened to Janie?" can start licking their chops."
--"Publishers Weekly, " starred review

*"A 'must purchase' . . . . "The Voice on the Radio" elicits a powerful response in readers and is a real page-turner, so plan to purchase multiple copies to satisfy the demands of your teen readers."
--"Voice of Youth Advocates" (VOYA)

Also by Caroline B. Cooney:

"The Face on the Milk Carton" is an IRA-CBC Children's Choice book, and "Whatever Happened to Janie"? was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
Praise for "The Voice on the Radio: "
*"Cooney's outstanding command of emotional tension has taken this novel to extraordinary heights."
--"School Library Journal, " starred review
*"Readers of Cooney's addictive "The Face on the Milk Carton" and "Whatever Happened to Janie?" can start licking their chops."
--"Publishers Weekly, " starred review
*"A 'must purchase' . . . . "The Voice on the Radio" elicits a powerful response in readers and is a real page-turner, so plan to purchase multiple copies to satisfy the demands of your teen readers."
--"Voice of Youth Advocates" (VOYA)
Also by Caroline B. Cooney:
"The Face on the Milk Carton" is an IRA-CBC Children's Choice book, and "Whatever Happened to Janie"? was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
Praise for "The Voice on the Radio: "
*"Cooney's outstanding command of emotional tension has taken this novel to extraordinary heights."
--"School Library Journal," starred review
*"Readers of Cooney's addictive "The Face on the Milk Carton" and "Whatever Happened to Janie?" can start licking their chops."
--"Publishers Weekly," starred review
*"A 'must purchase' . . . . "The Voice on the Radio" elicits a powerful response in readers and is a real page-turner, so plan to purchase multiple copies to satisfy the demands of your teen readers."
--"Voice of Youth Advocates" (VOYA)
Also by Caroline B. Cooney:
"The Face on the Milk Carton" is an IRA-CBC Children's Choice book, and "Whatever Happened to Janie"? was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
Praise for "The Voice on the Radio:
*"Cooney's outstanding command of emotional tension has taken this novel to extraordinary heights."
--"School Library Journal, starred review
*"Readers of Cooney's addictive "The Face on the Milk Carton and "Whatever Happened to Janie? can start licking their chops."
--"Publishers Weekly, starred review
*"A 'must purchase' . . . . "The Voice on the Radio elicits a powerful response in readers and is a real page-turner, so plan to purchase multiple copies to satisfy the demands of your teen readers."
--"Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
Also by Caroline B. Cooney:
"The Face on the Milk Carton is an IRA-CBC Children's Choice book, and "Whatever Happened to Janie? was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults.

Readers of Cooney's addictive The Face on the Milk Carton and Whatever Happened to Janie? can start licking their chops. This juicy novel serves up the further life and times of Janie Johnson, who in the previous works learned that she had been kidnapped at age three from one loving family and deposited with another. Cooney brings new readers up to speed ingeniously: Janie's boyfriend, Reeve, now a college freshman, is trying to make a name for himself at the campus radio station, and in desperation he resorts to brief installments of Janie's twisted history. He achieves almost instant popularity and fame, which help salve his conscience for betraying Janie's deepest confidences. Meanwhile Janie, a very private person, endures her senior year of high school, fending off incursions from reporters and curious classmates, and drawing closer to her birth family, the Springs. Janie hazards upon one of Reeve's broadcasts and is devastated; Cooney compensates for the predictability of this plotting with a few gorgeously timed surprises. What this novel (and its predecessors) lacks in credibility it makes up for in psychological accuracy and well-aimed, gossipy views of teens‘Cooney seems to have a special radar for adolescent longings and insecurities, not to mention campus chic (one of Reeve's fellow deejays, for example, affects the on-air name Derek Himself). Janie's appeal is so believable that readers will want to believe in the story, too, especially in the tender scenes between Janie and her Spring mother. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) Nonfiction

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