What Janie Saw by Caroline B. Cooney

May 8, 2015 Whitney Review 0 Comments

What Janie Saw by Caroline B. CooneyWhat Janie Saw
Author Caroline B. Cooney
Series: Janie Johnson, #4.5
Publisher Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date May 22nd 2012
Source: Library

This suspenseful ebook original features the main characters from Caroline B. Cooney's hugely successful Janie series, which began with The Face on the Milk Carton. Readers will be enthralled to discover what still matters to Janie, who was kidnapped as a toddler and reunited with her birth family as a teenager, and who may still be in danger as a young woman. Whether readers are fans of the Janie books or are new to the series, this tightly spun thriller is guaranteed to please.

Fond Of


  • Crazy Hannah, Janie’s kidnapper was probably the most interesting aspect to the novella as her erraticness was entertaining and gave a break from Janie’s whining.

    Not Fond Of

    • Like in Janie Face to Face Caroline B. Cooney neglects that Janie’s story began in 1990 before the invention of text messaging and YouTube both being prominently used in the story. As a child from the 90s, this detail vexed me.
    • What Janie Saw was a little repetitive. The beginning felt like a reality show recap and, for someone who has read all the previous books found it a little annoying.


    Final Thoughts

    What Janie Saw was an interesting bridge between What Janie Found and Janie Face to Face but it could be easily skipped as well and the reader would still be in the know.

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