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Whatever Happened to Janie?
Delacorte
Random House, 1993
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Whatever Happened to Janie?
(Book 2 in the Janie series)
No one ever paid attention to the faces of missing children on milk cartons. But as Janie Johnson glanced at the face of the little girl who had been taken twelve years ago, she recognized that little girl—it was herself.

The mystery of the kidnapping is unraveled, but the nightmare is not over. The Spring family wants justice, but who is to blame? It's difficult to figure out what's best for everyone.

Janie Johnson or Jennie Spring? There's enough love for everyone, but how can the two separate families live happily ever after?

Awards and Recognition
ALA Best Books for Young Adults 1994
Colorado Blue Spruce Award Nominee
Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee
Iowa Teen Award Winner 1996
IRA Young Adults' Choices
New Jersey Garden State Teen Book Award Nominee
Ohio Buckeye Book Award Nominee
Virginia Young Readers' Choice Nominee
Wyoming
The idea behind ... Whatever Happened to Janie?
Over the years, many of you have written to me about the ending of Face on the Milk Carton, which does not tell you what you want to know. I wanted you to have to go on worrying about Janie, just as those real life parents had to go on worrying about their lost child.

I did not mean to write a second book about Janie. But in a sermon at the church where I was then organist, the minister retold the story of King Solomon, who was faced with two women, each claiming to be the mother of the same child. How could the King tell which of the two women was the real mother? Split the baby in half, he said, and each of you take half. Of course, the real mother was the one who did not want her baby destroyed. In Janie’s messy and tragic situation, who was her real mother? That question was the basis of Whatever Happened to Janie?

Reviews
“The power and nature of love is wrenchingly illustrated throughout this provocative novel…the emotions of its characters remain excruciatingly real.”
“A gripping sequel to The Face on the Milk Carton…The gut-wrenching circumstances in which the characters find themselves are honestly conveyed.”
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