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The Janie Johnson series is a five book series by Caroline B. Cooney (''Literature/LosingChristina'') about a young girl named Janie Johnson who sees her own face on a milk carton and realizes that the people who raised her are not her real parents. In fact, she was stolen from her birth family (the Springs) in early childhood and the Springs want her back. The series follows the young Janie in her attempts to figure out the truth about her origins and decide who she wants to be from now on. Will she remain Janie Johnson, living with the family that is not truly hers, or become Jennie Spring and finally bring peace to the family that birthed her? The first and second book in the series were combined into a MadeForTVMovie in 1995.

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The Janie Johnson series is a five book series by Caroline B. Cooney Creator/CarolineBCooney (''Literature/LosingChristina'') about a young girl named Janie Johnson who sees her own face on a milk carton and realizes that the people who raised her are not her real parents. In fact, she was stolen from her birth family (the Springs) in early childhood and the Springs want her back. The series follows the young Janie in her attempts to figure out the truth about her origins and decide who she wants to be from now on. Will she remain Janie Johnson, living with the family that is not truly hers, or become Jennie Spring and finally bring peace to the family that birthed her? The first and second book in the series were combined into a MadeForTVMovie in 1995.


* CreepyChild: Young Hannah.

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* FieryRedhead: Janie, also her sister, Jodie and their brother.

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* ReligionOfEvil: The cult Hannah joins.

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* TrilogyCreep: Began as a trilogy then two new books were added to the series.

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* TrilogyCreep: Began as a trilogy trilogy, then two new books were added to the series.


* NotSoDifferent: This is why the Johnsons want Janie to call the Springs and confirm if she is really Jennie. They say that they know the pain of losing a daughter, and that at least it's better knowing if Hannah committed a kidnapping.

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* NotSoDifferent: NotSoDifferentRemark: This is why the Johnsons want Janie to call the Springs and confirm if she is really Jennie. They say that they know the pain of losing a daughter, and that at least it's better knowing if Hannah committed a kidnapping.


* AdultFear: The whole premise: imagine that your toddler daughter or little sister goes missing at the mall. About a decade later, said girl finds her face on a milk carton, recognizing the dress because it was in her family attic. She drums up the courage to call you, and you realize that her kidnapper lied to her parents about who your daughter was; the minute they find out it's possible she was kidnapped, they encourage her to make the call so another family can find herclosure. Janie's biological siblings try to track down Hannah in revenge because Janie admits she's no longer their little sister.

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* AdultFear: The whole premise: imagine that your toddler daughter or little sister goes missing at the mall. About a decade later, said girl finds her face on a milk carton, recognizing the dress because it was in her family attic. She drums up the courage to call you, and you realize that her kidnapper lied to her parents about who your daughter was; the minute they find out it's possible she was kidnapped, they encourage her to make the call so another family can find herclosure.her, as well as closure. Janie's biological siblings try to track down Hannah in revenge because Janie admits she's no longer their little sister.


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* BittersweetEnding: In the end, [[spoiler:Janie finally gets closure when Hannah is arrested, and she marries Reeve, forgiving him for the missteps in their relationship while accepting her Jennie Spring identity once and for all. The "bitter" part is that the Johnsons can't fully escape the bad publicity of Hannah's actions, while they and the Springs contend with the years that were wasted because of Hannah's manipulations]].


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* NotSoDifferent: This is why the Johnsons want Janie to call the Springs and confirm if she is really Jennie. They say that they know the pain of losing a daughter, and that at least it's better knowing if Hannah committed a kidnapping.


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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: The Johnsons reveal that Hannah led them to believe that she had left the cult, gave birth to a daughter, and asked them to take care of "Janie". Fearing that the cult would come for them in revenge for Hannah's departure, they moved to another state and changed their surname, which was originally Javensen. Both parents are horrified when they realize that if they had done neither of these things, Jennie Spring would have been reunited with her real family much sooner because they would have seen the disappearance in the papers, putting two and two together.


* SmithicalMarriage: subverted when Janie goes to a hotel with Reeve.

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* RiddleForTheAges: Janie herself has a few of these questions regarding Hannah kidnapping her as a child. She was three years old, more than old enough to know not to talk to strangers, so why did she go with Hannah when the latter saw her at the mall? Why did her "grandparents" keep the dress that she was wearing, which was proof that she ''was'' Jennie Spring?
* SmithicalMarriage: subverted Subverted when Janie goes to a hotel with Reeve.


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* ThisExplainsSoMuch: The Johnsons have this reaction when Janie finally tells them she suspects that Hannah kidnapped her as a toddler, with the dress as proof. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson reason that it would be like Hannah to lie to them that a kidnapped child was her daughter, and she wouldn't think about the consequences. They encourage Janie to call the Springs, to at least find out if it's true.

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* AdultFear: The whole premise: imagine that your toddler daughter or little sister goes missing at the mall. About a decade later, said girl finds her face on a milk carton, recognizing the dress because it was in her family attic. She drums up the courage to call you, and you realize that her kidnapper lied to her parents about who your daughter was; the minute they find out it's possible she was kidnapped, they encourage her to make the call so another family can find herclosure. Janie's biological siblings try to track down Hannah in revenge because Janie admits she's no longer their little sister.


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* GoodParents: When the Johnsons learn in book one why Janie was sneaking around and lying, they immediately go ThisExplainsSoMuch. They encourage her to call the Springs to find out if she's their daughter because helping another bereft family is more important than if they retain custody of Janie. They stay with her through the ups and downs, knowing how conflicted she must be feeling.


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* PlotAllergy: Janie's allergic to milk, but she is curious about trying it. A chance encounter with a milk carton starts the story, and makes her sick for more reasons than the obvious.


* AllMenArePerverts: Reeve continually tries to imagine ways to convince Janie, who is not ready for sex, to change her mind.


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* AllMenArePerverts: Reeve continually tries to imagine ways to convince Janie, who is not ready for sex, to change her mind.


* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Hannah's backstory started off as an impressionable 16-year girl suffering from white guilt who needed parental permission to join a cult. Later on, it was apparently a college student who felt isolated and far from home. Similarly, her motives for kidnapping Janie seem to change from 'cult mission' to 'loneliness' to 'batshit insane' according to the whims of the author.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Hannah's backstory started off as an impressionable 16-year girl suffering from white guilt who needed parental permission to join a cult. Later on, it she was apparently a college student who felt isolated and far from home. Similarly, her motives for kidnapping Janie seem to change from 'cult mission' to 'loneliness' to 'batshit insane' according to the whims of the author.

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* HiddenDepths: Sarah-Charlotte Sherwood first looks to be a silly self-involved wealthy girl in Janie's circle of friends. As the series goes on, Sarah-Charlotte proves to be a true friend to Janie that helps her weather the crisis. In the fifth book she delivers a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when she defends Janie's adoptive parents to the news media doing an update on Janie's story.

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* HiddenDepths: Sarah-Charlotte Sherwood first looks to be a silly self-involved wealthy girl in Janie's circle of friends. As the series goes on, Sarah-Charlotte proves to be a true friend to Janie that helps her weather the crisis. In the fifth book she delivers a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when she defends Janie's adoptive parents to the news media doing an update on Janie's story.

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* SympathyForTheDevil: In ''What Janie Found'', Janie learns that [[spoiler: Mr. Johnson has been paying Hannah regularly for the past few years. Though Janie, Reeve, and her brother react as if it were a betrayal at first, the payments were justifiable that he still cares for Hannah as his daughter despite what she has done, and perhaps he thought it would help keep Hannah from causing trouble to another innocent family.]]


* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Janie wishes that her name wasn't boring, dowdy Janie Johnson. [[Spoiler: She learns that Janie Johnson is not her birth name and begins to wish for it back when she has to get used to being called "Jennie Spring" in ''Whatever Happened to Janie.'']]

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Janie wishes that her name wasn't boring, dowdy Janie Johnson. [[Spoiler: [[spoiler: She learns that Janie Johnson is not her birth name and begins to wish for it back when she has to get used to being called "Jennie Spring" in ''Whatever Happened to Janie.'']]'']]

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Janie wishes that her name wasn't boring, dowdy Janie Johnson. [[Spoiler: She learns that Janie Johnson is not her birth name and begins to wish for it back when she has to get used to being called "Jennie Spring" in ''Whatever Happened to Janie.'']]


* HiddenDepths: Sarah-Charlotte Sherwood first looks to be a silly self-involved wealthy girl in Janie's circle of friends. As the series goes on, Sarah-Charlotte proves to be a true friend to Janie that helps her weather the crisis. In the fifth book she delivers a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when she defends Janie's grandparents to the news media doing an update on Janie's story.

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* HiddenDepths: Sarah-Charlotte Sherwood first looks to be a silly self-involved wealthy girl in Janie's circle of friends. As the series goes on, Sarah-Charlotte proves to be a true friend to Janie that helps her weather the crisis. In the fifth book she delivers a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when she defends Janie's grandparents adoptive parents to the news media doing an update on Janie's story.


* HiddenDepths: Sarah-Charlotte Sherwood first looks to be a silly self-involved wealthy girl in Janie's circle of friends. As the series goes on, Sarah-Charlotte proves to be a true friend to Janie that helps her weather the crisis. In the fifth book she pulls a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when she defends Janie's grandparents to the news media doing an update on Janie's story.

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* HiddenDepths: Sarah-Charlotte Sherwood first looks to be a silly self-involved wealthy girl in Janie's circle of friends. As the series goes on, Sarah-Charlotte proves to be a true friend to Janie that helps her weather the crisis. In the fifth book she pulls delivers a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when she defends Janie's grandparents to the news media doing an update on Janie's story.

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