Review of The Face on the Milk Carton-By, Caroline B. Cooney


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By, Caroline B. Cooney

Jane “Janie” Johnson was a fifteen-year-old sophomore in high school. She was a happy-go-lucky tenth grader, who had several close friends and a boyfriend/neighbor Reeve. Additionally, she loved her life as it was, but everything changed one day at lunch. She grabbed her friend’s milk carton at school and finished it, even though she has a slight milk allergy. Janie turned the milk carton over to see whose face was on the milk carton today.

Imagine her surprise, when she realized that she was staring at a picture of herself in pigtails and a dress she remembers in a flashback. She looked at the picture of a missing three-year-old girl named Jennie Springs from New Jersey. Immediately, her mind begins trying to make sense of everything she knew about herself. She began having flashbacks of her at three-years-old wearing that dress and hanging out with a woman with twin babies.

She did her own investigations and her boyfriend Reeve became her confidant. She began having “daymares” or flashbacks of old memories, which included a strange woman and twins. In the attic, Janie found an old trunk, which had the mysterious letter H-written on it. In this trunk, she discovers papers and things done by someone named Hannah. Additionally, she found a dress in the old trunk that matches the dress that she was wearing in the picture on the milk carton.

She hides her discovery from her parents, but soon she begins asking her parent’s (Frank and Miranda Johnson) tough questions. Unfortunately, they knew that they had to tell her the truth, so she learned that her birth mother was their only daughter and was named Hannah. They explained how Hannah was a member of a cult and that when she finally came home, she had Janie with her. Her parents acted nervous, but finally explained that they are in fact her grandparents instead her parents.

Janie knew them as her only parents and she chose to call them her parents, but there was a twist in the story. Hannah might be kidnapper and her parents/grandparents were innocent. For reasons only Hannah knew, she left Janie with her parents and vanished out her own parent’s lives after returning to the cult. Fearing the cult will come after their granddaughter/daughter; the Javensen’s changed everyone’s name to Johnson and began moving around until they settled down.

Now, after hearing about the kidnapping, the Johnson’s are worried that they will lose Janie and Hannah will go to prison. Will Janie be able to stay with the only parents that she has ever known or will she be forced to say good-bye?

My Opinion on the Book

I really loved the way the author wrote this book from Janie’s/Jennie’s point of view. Additionally, I enjoyed being able to follow Janie’s emotions from the time she recognized herself on the milk carton to when she had Lizzie help her tell her parents what was going on. Finally, she was able to share the burden with her parents and they can work together to find a solution to the problem that they now face.

Janie tried so hard to work through the feeling, but she was unable to keep it from affecting every relationship she had from her parents to her friends. Luckily, she had a confidant in Reeve, her boyfriend and neighbor. I think the author Caroline B. Cooney did a wonderful job, showing the story and developing the story at the same time. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading the sequels. If you have a chance to read this book, be sure to write what you thought about it in the comments. I highly recommend this book for teens and adults alike. Especially if you like mystery, suspense, and drama.

PS: There is a movie about this book.

Thanks for stopping by,

XOXOXO

©2015, Crystal S. Kauffman

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Meet Author Crystal S. Kauffman


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About the Author

My name is Crystal S. Kauffman (Pen name: Imogen Rayne). I am a Freelance Author/Poet/Songwriter with 16 years of experience. I have published over 1000 articles online and offline, since I began my writing career. Additionally, I enjoy using my talent to help small business owners, who need help with their everyday business communications like press releases and articles. I also enjoy making fliers and brochures, as well many other forms of business communications. Most of all, I love reviews of books and products, so please email me for more information. Email: laughatcancer@gmail.com

Glimpse Into My Life 

Currently, I live in Jacksonville, FL with my husband and my two beautiful children, who are my biggest fan and contributors for my new novels. Personally, I am a twelve year cervical cancer stage 2 B survivor, who loves to create and write. Therefore, for the last 8 years, I have been using the talent God gave me to create and maintain a support community for those touched by cancer. The Laugh at Cancer Support Community is for patients and families touched by cancer, who has been touched directly or indirectly. Visit our support community, if you would like to help make a difference or if you are in need of support. Laugh At Cancer Support Community

My Published Work 

Rhymes of The Heart– This is an uplifting and inspirational collection of poems. These rhymes come from my heart, throughout the good and bad times I experienced. I believe many of my readers and fans can relate to the poems I have written. Additionally, ten percent of each purchase will benefit the . Laugh At Cancer Support Community on Facebook.

Planting Seeds to GrowThis is a collection of short stories I previous published for children. I really hope that enjoy my work, because each story is fictionally based. However, you will know what stories are based on my own life. I believe that this book is wonderful read for you and your children. Ten percent of all purchase will benefit the . Laugh At Cancer Support Community

*****New Novels Coming Soon*****

 Ana’s Stand-Available Soon

 Angel’s Tears-Mystery, Drama, and Crime

 The Birth of Veil-Fantasy Genre

My Reflections and Goals


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As a young girl, I always dreamed of writing novels or writing for my city’s local paper. Every day, I told my friends that someday, they would see my name in the newspaper on the front page. They would generally laugh or make comments about my head being in the clouds. After hitting a hurdle in high school, I thought I would never be an author, columnist, or journalist. I am so thankful for the opportunity to chase my educational goals while I was down, due to my cancer treatment and aftermath.

My Education Goals

However, I returned to high school and graduated in 2006. Next, I signed up to take a course with the Institute of Children’s Literature. I earned my certificate for Writing for Teenagers and Children in late 2006. Now, I have earned an Associate’s Degree in Arts of Business in 2008, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications in 2011. For the past 15 years, I have been writing short stories, poems, and have written several novels that I am working on now. I am also writing stories and articles for different magazines and books like Guideposts.

It is a Way of Life 

Journalism and columnist jobs require that the employee to be available on a moment’s notice, especially when news is breaking around town. However, I am a twelve year cervical cancer stage 2B survivor, who had aggressive treatment to become cancer free. I am disabled, so I cannot chase stories to become a major journalist. So, I have two blogs that I am using as a column and publishing several articles and stories on different subject matter.

Writing is My Passion

I love writing, so now I write articles for my blogs or I write for magazines as well. Additionally, I am writing an articles and novels now full time. I am a new author when it comes to novels, but I am determined to continue writing. Thankfully, I am very versatile in my writing, so I have three novels coming out which are different genres. I have already publish two small books, a poetry collection and a short stories book for children.

It is a Career

I love meeting new readers and fans, especially as my writing grows and I continue writing things about this I love writing about. I love knowing that my fans and readers enjoy my work, so if you stop by my blogs. Take a moment to leave a comment or even just say HI. Each day is a new day to bring my readers new ideas, stories, and more. Thank you for supporting me in my career choice and I hope you enjoy my future writings.

Respectfully Yours,

Crystal S. Kauffman

XOXOXO

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Writing: Creating the Perfect Writing Space


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Tips for Creating Your Own Writing Space

First, you will need the basics, like a desk or table, a comfortable chair, a decent reading lamp, and a computer with a word processing program. Make sure that you have enough space to work in, since you will be taking notes. Look for a cup to keep pencils and pens in, so you will not have to waste time looking for something to write with. Always keep a pencil sharpener and paper clips on your new desk, because you will use them daily when you work.

Setting Up   

Second, you will need to leave room for a filing cabinet or some file boxes, so you can keep track of what you are submitting and receiving.  Pick out a special place to keep your references books, your important files, monthly earnings, and important tax information.  As you pursue your freelance writing career, you will find that your career can stay on track…if you stay organized! Never keep all your files on the computer’s hard drive, unless you back up your information on a CD or floppy disk.

Getting Prepared

Third, be sure to keep a dictionary and a reference set nearby, so you can look up any information that you may need. In addition, you will need to look for an internet company that can suits your individual needs and budget. Then, you can sign up and begin researching the internet or the “Information Highway” for facts to include in your article or story. Therefore, you will need to create a multi-purpose writing space, which is able to inspire you and handle your daily needs.

Create a Habit

Finally, you will need to establish a daily writing schedule, but you must pick a time that your creative muse will be readily available. Start, by setting some ground rules about you new writing space with your family and friends. Ask each member to refrain from disturbing you, during your official writing time, and turn your phone’s ringer off. Post your designated writing schedule on the refrigerator door or leave a note on the family message board.

Find your Space

Choosing your own writing space, can be as simple as rearranging some furniture in your bedroom or in quiet space. However, if you have no extra space for setting up a small office, then you may consider remodeling an extra bathroom or adding a small room. Either way, you should choose a place that is away from all of the household distractions. Then, you can allow your creative juices flow, as you concentrate on creating a daily writing habit.

Conclusion

Everyone will learn to respect your writing schedule and be supportive of your freelance career. However, there will be things that interfere with your writing schedule, but you try to rearrange you schedule for that day or week. This way, you will not lose precious time that is required to complete your writing projects. Furthermore, you can adjust your writing space as you see fit, once your career begins to grow.

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© Crystal S. Kauffman, 2009

Ana’s Stand is Now Available


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 About Ana’s Stand:

This is an inspirational yet dramatic story about Ana, an African American teenage girl, who took a stand against school violence. Ana and her best friend Nikki felt completely helpless against the prejudice, racism, and bigotry that they were forced to endure. The teenagers reached out for help to stop the school violence, but the violence followed them home. Ana felt so helpless after she almost lost her best friend that day, as well as dealing with the emotional pain and the aftermath. Ana decided to take a stand against school violence in her school. Follow her journey to making a difference.

Let Ana inspire you to make your own stand against school violence!

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Ana’s Stand will available in Kindle, Nook, e-book format, or paperback version on Feb 1st, 2015. I will provide links, once they become available.

About Ana’s Stand:

This is an inspirational yet dramatic story about Ana, an African American teenage girl, who took a stand against school violence. Ana and her best friend Nikki felt completely helpless against the prejudice, racism, and bigotry that they were forced to endure. The teenagers reached out for help to stop the school violence, but the violence followed them home. Ana watched in horror as their teenage racist white neighbor named Jason, struck Nikki with his car and drove off.

Ana felt so helpless after she almost lost her best friend that day, as well as dealing with the emotional pain and the aftermath of the senseless incident. Nikki struggled to regain her independence, after the incident that changed her entire life. Ana decided to take a stand and create a program named SAVE US at school. This program inspired her classmates to make pledge against violence. Thanks to the adults that helped her, the club began to grow and soon the program was implemented into other schools in her town.

After some time, Nikki received a heartfelt letter from Jason, who is serving time in prison for the incident that changed her life forever. Jason asked Nikki to forgive him for his actions, as well as the pain he had caused her and her family. Nikki struggled with many types of emotions on whether to forgive him for what he did to her. In addition, Ana is faced with whether to forgive the person, who is responsible for her best friend’s pain and new struggles.

Let Ana inspire you to make your own stand against school violence!

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I am so excited! My first novel Ana’s Stand will be out on Feb. 1st, 2015. I will need everyone’s help to get the word out about my new novel. I will post the book cover, once it has been made available.

Ana’s Stand will available in e-book format or paperback version. I am so thankful for everyone’s help in promoting and purchasing this book, as it becomes available on Feb. 1st, 2015. Please share as much as you can and if you would like to on my Street Team, please add me as a friend me on Facebook and let me know. (XOXOXO)

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About Ana’s Stand

This is an inspirational yet dramatic story about Ana, an African American teenage girl, who took a stand against school violence. Ana and her best friend Nikki felt completely helpless against the prejudice, racism, and bigotry that they were forced to endure. The teenagers reached out for help to stop the school violence, but the violence followed them home. Ana watched in horror as their teenaged racist white neighbor named Jason, struck Nikki with his car and drove off.

Ana felt so helpless after she almost lost her best friend that day, as well as dealing with the emotional pain and the aftermath of the senseless incident. Nikki struggled to regain her independence, after the incident that changed her entire life. Ana decided to take a stand and create a program named SAVE US at school. This program inspired her classmates to make pledge against violence. Thanks to the adults that helped her, the club began to grow and soon the program was implemented into other schools in her town. 

After some time, Nikki received a heartfelt letter from Jason, who is serving time in prison for the incident that changed her life forever. Jason asked Nikki to forgive him for his actions, as well as the pain he had caused her and her family. Nikki struggled with many types of emotions on whether to forgive him for what he did to her. In addition, Ana is faced with whether to forgive the person, who is responsible for her best friend’s pain and new struggles.   

Let Ana inspire you to make your own stand against school violence!

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