Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit- The Face On The Milk Carton (Janie Johnson #1)

The Face on the Milk Carton (Janie Johnson, #1)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

The face on the milk carton looks like an ordinary little girl: hair in tight pigtails, a dress with a narrow white collar, a three-year-old who was kidnapped more than twelve years ago from a shopping mall in New Jersey.

As fifteen-year-old Janie Johnson stares at the milk carton, she feels overcome with shock. She knows that little girl is she. But how could it be true?

Janie can’t believe that her loving parents kidnapped her, until she begins to piece together clues that don’t make sense. Why are there no pictures of Janie before she was four? Her parents have always said they didn’t have a camera. Now that explanation sounds feeble. Something is terribly wrong, and Janie is afraid to find out what happened more than twelve years ago.

In this gripping page-turner, the reader will unravel — as Janie does — the twisted events that changed the lives of two families forever.

Thoughts:

For some reason, I didn’t read this book when I was younger. I remember it being on my radar which is why I picked it for a kid-lit choice. I didn’t realise it was more of a YA read. I used to love Caroline B. Cooney’s writing which is another reason why I wanted to pick it up.

It centres around Janie, who realises her face is on a milk carton. The milk carton shows children that have been kidnapped. Janie can’t believe that the people she calls her parents could have kidnapped her. Then she starts to put pieces together. She wonders about her birth certificate, photos and her past. The explanations that her parents give don’t sit right with Janie and she tries desperately to unravel the truth.

This book barely took me any time to read at all. It’s less than 200 pages, so it’s easy enough to whip through. It’s action packed too. I feel like there could have been much more made of the plot. The plot itself is terrifying and exciting, but I didn’t really get that from the writing.

I am glad I read this book, but I personally don’t see myself carrying on with the series. I was a little surprised by the writing, I used to really love the author’s writing, as I mentioned. However, I think there are far superior YA books out there now. I do think this book is worth reading for an interesting plot line… I would just not expect too much.

For Beth’s wonderful review, check out her blog HERE.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Next up in the Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit (July):
Murder Most Unladylike- Robin Stevens

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Looking Ahead- This Month’s TBR List (June)

I mainly had hits in the month of May with only one book not read from my TBR list. June is a busy month at my work, so I’m not expecting too much from my June reading. Of course, there are some of my usual reads for the regular feature that I do and some June ARCs that I will have out as well.

Here’s my tentative TBR list for June! Thanks to Tina over at Reading Between The Pages for hosting!

(Book images go to Goodreads!)

Days Of Wonder- Keith Stuart

Days of Wonder

Goodreads Synopsis:

Tom, single father to Hannah, is the manager of a tiny local theatre. On the same day each year, he and its colourful cast of part-time actors have staged a fantastical production just for his little girl, a moment of magic to make her childhood unforgettable.

But there is another reason behind these annual shows: the very first production followed Hannah’s diagnosis with a heart condition that will end her life early. And now, with Hannah a funny, tough girl of fifteen, that time is coming.

Hannah’s heart is literally broken – and she can’t bear the idea of her dad’s breaking too. So she resolves to find a partner for Tom, someone else to love, to fill the space beside him.

While all the time Tom plans a final day of magic that might just save them both.

I am really looking forward to reading this book after thoroughly enjoying Keith Stuart’s debut.

The Weight Of A Thousand Feathers- Brian Conaghan

The Weight of a Thousand Feathers

Goodreads Synopsis:

`Child experts will tell you that I’m way too young to carry such a burden of responsibility on my tender shoulders. But really, what do they know?’ Who is Bobby Seed? He’s just your average sixteen-year-old – same wants, same fears, same hang-ups. Dull, dull, dull. But then there’s the Bobby Seed who’s a world away from average. The Bobby Seed who has to wipe his mum’s backside, sponge her clean three times a week, try to soothe her pain. The Bobby Seed whose job it is to provide for his younger brother, Danny, to rub his back when he’s stressed and can only groan and rock instead of speak. That’s Bobby Seed. Same, same, same, yet different, different, different …

I am so intrigued by this book. I have read another by Brian Conaghan and was impressed!

The Dead Ex- Jane Corry

Goodreads Synopsis:

He said in sickness and in health. But after Vicki was attacked at work and left suffering with epilepsy, her husband Daniel left her for his mistress.

So when Vicki gets a call one day to say that he’s gone missing, her first thought is ‘good riddance’. But then the police find evidence suggesting that Daniel is dead. And they think Vicki had something to do with it.

What really happened on the night of Daniel’s disappearance? 
And how can Vicki prove her innocence, when she’s not even sure of it herself?

I enjoy Jane Corry’s writing. I am eagerly anticipating this one!

The Face On The Milk Carton- Caroline B. Cooney

The Face on the Milk Carton (Janie Johnson, #1)

Goodreads Synopsis:

The face on the milk carton looks like an ordinary little girl: hair in tight pigtails, a dress with a narrow white collar, a three-year-old who was kidnapped more than twelve years ago from a shopping mall in New Jersey.

As fifteen-year-old Janie Johnson stares at the milk carton, she feels overcome with shock. She knows that little girl is she. But how could it be true?

Janie can’t believe that her loving parents kidnapped her, until she begins to piece together clues that don’t make sense. Why are there no pictures of Janie before she was four? Her parents have always said they didn’t have a camera. Now that explanation sounds feeble. Something is terribly wrong, and Janie is afraid to find out what happened more than twelve years ago.

In this gripping page-turner, the reader will unravel — as Janie does — the twisted events that changed the lives of two families forever.

I have had this book on my radar for some years now, but I never got around to it. Hence it being on this month’s Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit Challenge. 

Brave New World- Aldous Huxley

Brave New World

Goodreads Synopsis:

Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress…

Huxley’s ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece.

Can you believe I’ve never read this book? I’m looking forward to it as part of the Banned Books feature that I do with Beth every last Monday of the month.

Have you read any of these books? What did you make of them? Let me know!

Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit- The 2018 books are revealed!

2018 brings yet another year of Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit, which has been a fun feature on our blog! As usual, Beth and I have picked 6 books each.

Here are the choices…my choices are in purple, Beth’s in red!

JANUARY – The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader -C.S. Lewis

FEBRUARY- Matilda-Roald Dahl

MARCH – The Girl Of Ink And Stars- Kiran Millwood Hargrave 

APRIL- Ratburger- David Walliams

MAY – The Wide Window (A Series Of Unfortunate Events #3)-Lemony Snicket

JUNE- The Face On The Milk Carton-Caroline B. Cooney

JULY – Murder Most Unladylike- Robin Stevens

AUGUST- The Creakers- Tom Fletcher

SEPTEMBER – Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing -Judy Blume

OCTOBER- Nightbirds on Nantucket  (The Wolves Chronicles #3)- Joan Aiken

NOVEMBER – Number The Stars- Lois Lowry

DECEMBER- Time Travelling With A Hamster- Ross Welford

Have you read any of this books? Can you spot a favourite in there? Let us know!

Beth and Chrissi’s Points Of View on Point Horror

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Welcome back to Beth and I’s Point Horror feature, the feature where we get nostalgic about our favourite Point Horror books! This time, my blog will host our reviews of Freeze Tag by Caroline B.Cooney. Over on Beth’s blog, you can check out our review of The Snowman by R.L Stine. Click HERE to read it!

Freeze Tag

Synopsis:

Meghan and West, girl and boy next door, play an innocent game of freeze tag with their neighbor Lannie. But freeze tag is no ordinary game…when Lannie is playing. For when she tags someone, they really do freeze – like an ice blue statue – like death.

On that same day, ice-hearted Lannie extracts a horrible promise from handsome West: “You must always like me best…”

Now they’re older and Meghan and West are in love. That one terrifying game has been forgotten…until Lannie reminds West of the promise he was forced to make all those years ago.

And if he refuses, she will freeze Meghan…to death.

Our thoughts?:

Beth:

  • This has one of the most memorable Point Horror covers of all time. Just saying the words Freeze Tag automatically conjures up the picture of bloody hands pushing through broken glass for me – crazy!
  • Caroline B. Cooney creates such a fascinating character in Lannie where  her eerie obsession with West and hatred of Meghan will give you goosebumps.
  • I did want to shake West at more than one point in this story. I really wished he wouldn’t give into Lannie as easily as he does!
  •  Apart from being incredibly creepy the author captures the intensity of first love and the first serious relationship in your life. perfectly. (Obviously the majority of people don’t have to deal with what Meghan and West do but it’s definitely an emotional experience like no other).

Chrissi:

  • I thought the atmosphere was very eerie. It built beautifully throughout the book.
  • I love the character of Lannie. She’s so well written. I could picture her so vividly.
  • It made me feel really nostalgic. This was one of my favourites.
  • Freeze Tag has an interesting ending. It’s not a happily ever after.

Our Spring Point Horror reads will be April Fools by Richie Tankersley Cusick and Spring Break by Barbara Steiner.

Beth and Chrissi’s Points of View on Point Horror #1 The Perfume

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Happy Halloween everyone! Every so often Beth and I will be revisiting Point Horror, a series that we loved as young adults. On each of our blogs, we will post our Points of View on the story. We are starting with The Perfume on my blog and Thirteen Tales of Horror, a short story collection on Beth’s blog! We hope you enjoy our trip down memory lane…

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Synopsis:

Venom.

Dove doesn’t want to buy the perfume. She doesn’t like its scent. And its name frightens her.

But somehow she can’t help herself. It’s almost as if something–or someone–inside her is forcing her to try it.

Dove was always a nice person, a sweet and gentle girl on whom friends could rely.

Until now.

Because when Dove puts on the perfume, she unleashes a part of herself that has been locked away all her life.

It is a second self she never knew existed.

And it is Evil.

Our thoughts?

Chrissi:

  • This book is dark! I read it with a completely different understanding being older.
  • It’s addictive and almost reads like a psychological thriller.
  • It surprised me how short this book was, but how much impact the story had on me. I vividly remember it from childhood.
  • Although this book was published in 1991, I still think it is relevant to present day young adults. It’s also incredibly nostalgic for those that grew up with the series!

Beth:

  • This story will always be a bit special to me as it inspired me to write a short story of my own whilst at school.
  • It holds the first suggestion of schizophrenia that I’ve seen in a young adult read.
  • Wing is evil. Evil! She’s a brilliant villain to dislike.
  • Some people have criticised Dove as a character for being too weak but I think she grows stronger and comes into her own as the story continues.

For our points of view on 13 Tales of Horror, please check out Beth’s blog HERE

Top Ten Tuesday REWIND: Childhood favourites

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week the topic is a Top Ten Tuesday rewind. We can blog about previous topics we missed or that we might want to do again. I’ve decided to go for my childhood favourites as I’ve been feeling really nostalgic recently.

I’ve totally cheated with this week’s list, because some of the books I’ve mentioned I’ve loved the series.

In no particular order:

(Click image for Goodread’s page! Some pictures aren’t very good quality, but I wanted to find the covers I read, where I could)

The Class That Went Wild Ruth Thomas

The Demon HeadmasterGillian Cross

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I’ve tried to find the covers that I remember for this list, but it’s proving problematic! I hate it when covers are redesigned. Especially when there was nothing particularly wrong with the cover in the first place! Ah well. I loved the story inside of this book. This book was first published in 1982. I wasn’t born then, but I remember reading it during my childhood and being captivated by the story. Gillian Cross doesn’t mean demon as in scary demons. Just a nasty, nasty head teacher.

MatildaRoald Dahl

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I adored this book growing up. To be honest, I still love it now. I often read it to the children at work and they love it as much as I did. This is the cover that I remember. It might have been my sister’s first. I can’t remember. I know it was incredibly well loved though.

BlubberJudy Blume

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I believe that Judy Blume is another author that my sister got me into. I used to love her books. I remember really liking how Judy Blume explored bullying.

Malory TowersEnid Blyton

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Let’s be honest, I loved anything Enid Blyton. St Clare’s, Secret Seven, Famous Five… I was a total Enid Blyton fangirl.

GoosebumpsR.L Stine

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(Using a series again… such a cheater) I loved all of the Goosebumps books. I used to have them all and they looked like this. The cover was all goosebump-y. Yes, I’ve made that a word. I loved The Haunted Mask. I remember watching a film adaptation and it just wasn’t as good as the book!

Sweet Valley High- Francine Pascal

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Yes, I’m doing it again. Mentioning a series that I loved. I think my sister, once again, got me into this series.

The Babysitters ClubAnn M. Martin

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Ahhh *nostalgic sigh* I adored The Babysitters Club. Debbie from Snuggling On The Sofa recently got the whole series. I’m so jealous. I loved this series and would adore a re-read!

Double ActJacqueline Wilson

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I only read a few of Jacqueline Wilson’s books before I felt much to grown up to read her. Silly me. She’s a fantastic children’s author!

Point Horror– many authors but I particularly liked Caroline B. Cooney’s stories.

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Ahhh, another selection of books that my sister got me into. I loved Point Horror.

What are some of your favourite childhood books? What did you do for the Top Ten Tuesday REWIND? Let me know in the comments below or leave your link and I’ll stop by!