Category Archives: Author: Caroline B. Cooney

Wanted!

Wanted!
Caroline B. Cooneywanted!

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 240
Age Range: 12 and up
Year: 1997
Genre: Realistic, mystery, thriller

Alice Robie’s father has been murdered, and the police have an e-mail message in which Alice confesses to the crime.  When her own mother suspects her, Alice has no choice but to flee in the hope of proving her innocence.

If you like suspense, this is a great pick! Caroline B. Cooney is such a great author, but this one is a throwback– make sure you read it around someone born before 2000 in case you run into any questions, like “what is a pay phone?”

Ms. Ashley

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Caroline B. Cooney, Genre: Mystery, Genre: Realistic, Genre: Thriller, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 1990s

Twenty Pageants Later

Twenty Pageants Later

Caroline B. Cooney

Those are some spiffy dresses.

Those are some spiffy dresses.

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 192
Age Range: 12 and up
Year: 1991
Genre: Realistic

Scottie-Annie is a young girl whose spare time is spent with her family catering to her 16-year-old sister’s beauty pageant career. Because of this, her self-image is low and she continuously devalues her own achievements. This issue of self-worth especially comes forward when her sister signs her up for the middle school beauty pageant.

Girls from 12-17 would like this book; its protagonist is relatable to girls.

-Ms. Jessie

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Caroline B. Cooney, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 100-200, Year: 1990s

Whatever Happened to Janie?

Whatever Happened to Janie?
Caroline B. Cooney

Duh, she's trapped in the phone.

Duh, she’s trapped in the phone.

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 244
Age Range: 12 and up
Year: 1993
Genre: Thriller
Series: 2nd of 4

This book is the sequel to The Face on the Milk Carton.  Now that Janie has solved the mystery of her kidnapping she is sent to live in her new home with her biological family and new siblings, the Springs.  They force her to go back to her old name, Jennie.  Janie misses her old family who raised her and just wants to continue her old life as Janie.  The Springs want justice on the person who kidnapped their daughter and Janie is afraid they will go after the Springs who treated her so kindly.  The hunt goes on for the Johnsons’s daughter, Hannah, who had initially kidnapped Janie and dropped her off to be raised with the Johnsons.  In the end, Janie gets to back to her old home and continue her life with the Johnsons and the search for Hannah is given up.

This book is great for students who loved The Face on the Milk Carton. It dives into detail on what happened to Janie after she unraveled the mystery to her own kidnapping. I know some girls who read both of the books and they could not put it down!

-Miss Jenny

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Caroline B. Cooney, Genre: Thriller, Page Count: 200-300, Part of a Series, Year: 1990s

The Face on the Milk Carton

The Face on the Milk Carton
Caroline B. Cooney

It's hard to tell if that face is Janie's or not...

It’s hard to tell if that face is Janie’s or not…

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 164
Age Range: 12 and up
Year: 1990
Genre: Thriller
Series: 1st of 4, can be read alone

When you go to the lunchroom and grab yourself a carton of milk you may have never noticed that on the back is sometimes a child who has gone missing.  In this suspenseful book, Janie, a 15 year girl, goes down to have lunch with all her friends and when she grabs her friend’s milk carton her life is turned upside down when she finds her own picture!  Janie is forced to get to the bottom of this unexplained mystery.  As she begins to have flashbacks of a childhood and people she does not remember, Janie continues to dig up clues about who she really might be.  Are her parents kidnappers? Did her biological mother leave her to join a cult? Are her parents really her grandparents? Who is Janie and what is her story??  Read her story to find out!!

This book is especially liked by young adult girls who like a good fiction suspense book.  I highly recommend it because the excitement to finding out who Janie’s parents are and unfolding the mystery of her kidnapping is especially exciting.

-Miss Jenny

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Caroline B. Cooney, Genre: Thriller, Page Count: 100-200, Part of a Series, Year: 1990s