The Voice on the Radio

The Voice on the Radio

by Caroline B. Cooney


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In the vein of psychological thrillers like We Were Liars, Girl on the Train, and Beware That Girl, bestselling author Caroline Cooney’s JANIE series delivers on every level. Mystery and suspense blend seamlessly with issues of family, friendship and love to offer an emotionally evocative thrill ride of a read.

The kidnapping is long past, and the Johnsons and the Springs are on the way to restoring their lives. Janie is ever grateful to her devoted boyfriend who helped her through it all. As Janie tries to balance herself between the two families, she feels torn. It seems the only thing keeping her together is her love for Reeve, but he is away at college and Janie misses him terribly. 

For Reeve, college life seems overwhelming. And as a first-time disc jockey at his college radio station, he is discovering that dead air can kill you. To fill the silence, he finds himself spilling Janie's story over the airwaves. Reeve is so sure that Janie will never find out what's making his broadcast such a hit that he doesn't stop himself. What will be the price for Janie?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385742405
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/22/2012
Series: The Face on the Milk Carton Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 65,756
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: HL650L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

CAROLINE B. COONEY is the bestselling author of more than 30 young adult books, including the million-copy plus bestseller, The Face on the Milk Carton.

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Derek Himself stared incredulously. Cal, a deejay, and Vinnie, the station manager, who were the other two guys at the station tonight, looked up from their paperwork. All three began to snicker, and then actually to snort, with laughter, although background noise was forbidden when the mike was on; it would be picked up and broadcast. Once upon a time? A beginning for kindergartners. A beginning for fairy tales and picture books.

Reeve would never live it down. He really would have to transfer.

He pictured Cordell laughing at him. Laughed at by a roommate stupider and smellier than anybody on campus? He imagined the guys in the dorm yelling Loser! Loser! Guys he wanted to be friends with but hadn't pulled it off yet. Guys who would not be polite about how worthless Reeve was.

"Once upon a time," he repeated helplessly, stuck in horrible repetition of that stupid phrase.

And then talk arrived, like a tape that had come in the mail. For Reeve Shields really did know a story that began with "Once upon a time."

"I dated a dizzy redhead. Dizzy is a compliment. Janie was light and airy. Like hope and joy. My girlfriend," he said softly, into the microphone. Into the world.

"You know the type. Really cute, fabulous red hair, lived next door. Good in school, of course, girls like that always are. Janie had lots of friends and she was crazy about her mom and dad, because that's the kind of family people like that have."

Never had Reeve's voice sounded so rich and appealing.

"Except," said Reeve, "except one day in the school cafeteria, a perfectly ordinary day, when kids were stealing each other's desserts and spilling each other's milk, Janie just happened to glance down at the picture of that missing child printed on the milk carton."

His slow voice seemed to draw a half-pint of milk, with its little black-and-white picture of a missing child. It was almost visible, that little milk carton, that dim and wax-covered photograph.

"And the face on the milk carton," said Reeve, "was Janie herself."

He deepened his voice, moving from informative into mysterious. "They can't fit much information on the side of a half-pint," said Reeve, "but the milk carton said that little girl had been missing since she was three. Missing for twelve years."

In radio, you could not see your audience. Reeve could not know whether he really did have an audience. Radio was faith.

"Can you imagine if your daughter, or your sister, had disappeared twelve years ago? Twelve years have gone by, and yet you still believe. Surely somehow, somewhere, she must be waiting, and listening. You haven't given up hope. You refuse to admit she's probably dead by now, probably was dead all along. You believe there is a chance in a million that if you put her picture on a milk carton, she'll see it."

Beyond the mike, Reeve imagined dormitories—kids slouched on beds and floors, listening. Listening to him.

"Well," said Reeve, "she saw it."

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The Voice on the Radio (Janie Johnson Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 116 reviews.
Mario Baez More than 1 year ago
i love this book and this series i would recomend this series to who ever likes mystery and surprises! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the 3 in the janie johnson series. These books r definatly a must read.
Amanda Tafeen More than 1 year ago
Awsome book
Caitlin Dunne More than 1 year ago
good book
psmith2383 More than 1 year ago
The Voice on the Radio is part of the Janie Johnson Series. This book along with the others are outstanding. Caroline B. Cooney is one of the best writers working today in literature for teen readers. Although I'm not a teenager, I'd have to say that her work would be enjoyed by many adults too. The book, from my perspective, focuses on two important themes: What is a family? and Who am I? We live in a era when the concept of what constitutes a family has changed. This book, along with the others in this series, beginning with FACE ON THE MILK CARTON, explores the idea of family and where that is in a person's life. The series also follows Janie (she's not even sure what her real name should be) in her journey to find who she is and where she belongs in her world. She was kidnapped a a young child and raised by another family and then as a teenager Janie discovers her biological family and must try to figure out where she belongs: with the people who raised her for a number of years or the family from whom she was taken as a child? The book Voice on the Radio (it could be read all by itself) is a chapter in Janie's life where her closest friend betrays her and reveals Janie's deep secret and she must deal with her friendship as well as how this seeming stab in the back hurts her. Yet ironically this thoughtless act by her best friend allows her to discover another clue in her search for her true identity. Janie is an interesting character and one who any teen could identify with (even adults). Nothing is predictable in this novel or even the series. Although Voice on the Radio may be read as a discrete story, I'd recommend starting with the first book and then moving through the four books in the series. Voice on the Radio is the third in the series. Five stars as one of the best stories I've read so far this year. Caroline B. Cooney is a treasure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
<3 I do really LOVE this series...and totally love Reeve still! Reeve was a total good guy, janie's rock in the 1st and 2nd books, but now he has messed up BIG...and Janie doesn't know if she can ever forgive him. It was a ok book, you have to read it to keep the series going to make it to the 4th. But I really wish Caroline B. Cooney would have put reeve's mess-up in like the second book so Janie and Reeve could be more together in the end. :-/ Or better yet, make another one!!! :-D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But janie should love her real new jersey parents insyead og the johnsons ! I loveee this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great follower.I loved it.I recommend this book 2 people who like mysterys,a kid that like their so called"KIDDNAPPED PARENTS",and a kid that is in love.This kid is Janie Johnson.A kid that is becoming trouble;that needs help from her parents,the one that she love's(Reeve) help.The real questionS are:Weich parents does she need help from?Why did Reeve do what he did and not stop himself?Read 2 find out those qusetions and the mstery behind this storyline.
MDV More than 1 year ago
GREAT FOLLOW UP... to "Face on the Milk Carton & What ever happened to Janie". I want to KILL REEVE....But, I understand why he did it. I wish, Janie would have listened to all the tapes. I also feel for Janie, not knowing who to care for. Great story, as a parent my heart breaks for everyone. Can't imagine the pain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ikr! And talking about minecraft like really? It just wow i know i love mc but just stop no 1 who wants to read this book, btw is amzing cant stop reading it, wants to know about minecratf. Otay? :3 Love, Kaylee
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate it when peole leave one star and say never read it. Just stop. Dont commentbif ur not going to read the book thats stupid. Its annoying for others who want to read the good or bad comments but its hard to with a bunch of peps saying never read it. I know it would be so annoying to me anywayz i loved this book Maddie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 starz it was a great book i love how it left me hanging so i read the other books and the were great too u should read it!!!
DeltaQueen50 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the continuation of the Janie Johnson story. Janie is now living back in Connecticut, she is in her sophomore year at high school and dreaming of the time when she can graduate and go to college and be with her boyfriend Reeve. Meanwhile Reeve is adjusting to being a freshman at a Boston College. He becomes a college radio disc jockey, and one night to avoid having dead air, he starts talking about Janie, her kidnapping and all that has happened over the last two years. He knows he is betraying Janie¿s trust, but the Janie shows become so popular that he can¿t stop. What¿s the harm, he thinks, Janie will never know.Of course, Janie does find out, on a surprise visit to see him she hears his show and is devastated by his deceit. In losing Reeve, Janie has found she possess more inner strength than she knew she had. This has also proven a route back to her birth family.This ongoing story has totally captivated me. There is one more book in the series, and still a number of threads that are hanging, and I plan on reading it soon so I can find out how Janie¿s story is finally resolved.
JanaRose1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is third book in the "Face on the Milk Carton" series. Janie's boyfriend, Reeve, has left for college while Janie is slowly coming to terms with both sets of her parents. When Reeve begins working at the college radio station, he finds himself telling Janie's story. Immediately he feels guilty, but he continues to share her story night after night on the radio. I thought that this book was a bit of a let-down. I do not like the way the characters have developed. Reeve comes across as a jerk, while Janie appears to be a whiny brat.
AmberAnoka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am reviewing The Voice on the Radio.This book was written by Caroline B. Cooney. I chose to read this book because I had read the prevouis ones, The Face on the Milk Carton and Whatever Happened to Janie? I thought the characters were realistic however I felt that the story itself was a little too far-out. The book continues where the last one left off. Reeve has gone to college and is working on the local radio station. Janie, having gone back to live with her Conneticut parents, talks to her real family now and tries to be civil. Reeve fights for his own hour on the station's talk show and when he can't think of anything to say, he starts to tell Janie's story. When Janie and her sister, Jodie, go to Boston to look at college's, they overhear Reeve's talk show and Janie breaks up with Reeve. This book was written in the classic Caroline B. Cooney style and I found it entertaining. This was a good continuation of the first two.
Omrythea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh the betrayal! Read to find out what happens and how Janie deals with it.
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It was a good but sad book. Does Reeve andJanie get back together?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main idea of this book is the kidnapping is long past, and the Johnsons and the Spring family are on the way to restoring their lives. As Janie Johnson tries to balance herself between the two families, she feels torn. The author&rsquo;s purpose of this book is that they find themselves reading this mysterious book. My thesis is that the book is a very good book. The purpose of the review is to understand how to work a computer and to get a grade. Description and summary of main points The brief background info is that Reeve is spilling Janie&rsquo;s story to get airtime. But what happens when she finds out. The criteria are that the book is confusing if you don&rsquo;t read the first three books. The main points are that they call the trolley the &ldquo;T&rdquo;. They are in Boston. Reeve gets to work at the radio station Evaluation The critical elements are the plot: Mostly in Boston: Characters: Reeve, Derek, Visionary Assassins, Cordell, Janie, Sarah-Charlotte, Jodie, Brian, Mr. Spring, Mrs. Spring, Mr. Johnson, Mrs. Johnson, Stephen, Brendan, Vinnie, Cal, Pammy, The professor&rsquo;s wife ,The professor ,Cathy, Todd, Heather, Megan, Lizzie, Mr. Shield, Mrs. Shield, Etc. Theme: Mystery. That this book can&rsquo;t be called well until you read it for yourself. The evidence that the book achieves its goals is that this book is confusing if you do not read the whole series of this book it is like a movie if you miss a chapter you are confused My comparison of the voice on the radio is that this book is like the first three books they are all mystery books. Conclusion My restatement of my thesis is that the voice on the radio is a good book. They are in Boston and Reeve gets to work at the radio station. My final statement of this book is if you don&rsquo;t read mystery books often you probably will not like this book. If you hate mystery books this book is not for you.
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This book is really good!!!!