The Face on the Milk Carton By: Caroline B. Cooney
Um are you sure this is right Janie?
What!? This cant be true because you have an awesome life and your parents wouldn't kidnap you.
That sundae does look really good. Yeah, I will take the deal.
Hi sweetie, i will give you this tasty, delicious, chocolate sundae if you come and follow me.
Lets go to New Jersey to try and find my parents or at least the shopping center.
Janie whats your problem? You never miss school and if we go to New Jersey, were going to get home late! Your getting the blame if we get in trouble. Lets go.
Janie and her friends are all at lunch when Janie picks up her friend's milk carton. She isn't even allowed to have milk but she does anyway. On the milk carton she finds a picture of a little girl. She examines it and it says Jennie Spring missing sense 2003, taken from a shopping center. Then she looks at the picture and finds something strange. Janie is the one missing.
What? No this cannot be right. Who the heck is Hannah?
Janie started having these nightmares in the day. Daymares. The first one was with her at the shopping center where she got stolen from. She was at the ice cream place sitting at a table when a teenage girl walked up. She offered Janie a sundae and Janie took it. That day Janie went home with the girl. Her name was Hannah
Mom, Dad I found some items in the closet I have to ask you about. I found papers that say Hannah on it and a dress . . .
Ok. Our daughter is Hannah. But your actually our granddaughter. Hannah ran away but then she came back with her daughter. You.
Janie has a friendly neighbor Reeve, who agreed to ditch school with her. Janie and Reeve went to New Jersey to try to find the shopping center or anything else that would help them. When they got there, Janie found her old house and she remembered their dog, and her siblings. Janie cried that night, without a care about school or her parents.
Janie heads up the creepy stairs into the empty attic. She found a box that had a bunch of random items in it. First, she found crumpled papers that had the name Hannah on it. Determined, Janie looked through the box some more and found a dress. The dress that was on the milk carton.
Janie told her parents everything she found in the dusty attic. They explained everything. Hannah was their daughter and Janie is actually their granddaughter. Janie ought to believe it but then they told more detail. Hannah left them to go practice her religion. Janie was still confused because she was wondering who she saw in New Jersey.
Janie picks up the phone and calls the number on the milk carton. She looks at the milk carton again and stared at the little girl on there while waiting for someone to answer. Then it rings once. Rings twice. Rings a third time. Then the fourth time they answer. Janie answers with "Hi. It's . . . your daughter. Me. Jennie."