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review 2017-02-02 04:09
I'm Going to Give You a Bear Hug! - Caroline B. Cooney,Tim Warnes

I am going to give you a bear hug, is a sweet adorable book. It has some rhymes in the book. It has animals and their cubs. This is good bedtime book for young readers. Young Readers could learn to read of this book as well.


It is done well. The pictures are well drawn. The pictures can tell the story themselves. It about giving a big hug and getting ready for bed.

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review 2016-12-21 18:08
The Face on the Milk Carton - Caroline B. Cooney
The Face on the Milk Carton - Caroline B. Cooney

Eh. Duller than one would expect, but with some interesting ideas. I expect it is way more popular with an appropriate age group. I read it because it was banned, and I try to keep up with those out of sheer contrariness.

Library copy

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review 2015-11-25 02:25
THE LOST SONGS By Caroline B. Cooney
The Lost Songs - Caroline B. Cooney

The Lost Songs

Caroline B. Cooney

Hardcover, 256 pages

Published October 11th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

ISBN:  0385739664 (ISBN13: 9780385739665) 


This is a book I would definitely pick up again. The Lost Songs follows 4 totally different teens with only 1 thing in common. Music. Cooney does switch narrators between them so the reader can get their different perspectives. I found this worked well for this story. Being inside of each teen's head brings the stories together fluidly and allows the story to complete well by the ending. I did like the characters. Cooney gave just enough background of each to give the characters a little fuller depth to what each was struggling with as a teen. The one thing that I thought wasn't quite right was the character, Lutie, having 2 different residents and choosing daily between which aunt to stay with. Over all, though, I did enjoy the book and would recommend it.








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review 2015-07-17 06:15
What Janie Found by Caroline B. Cooney
What Janie Found - Caroline B. Cooney
Janie's father, the one in Connecticut, has had a stroke and a heart attack. The responsibility of his papers and bills that need paid have fallen into Janie's hands.

While going through the paid bills, Janie finds a file about Hannah. And what she finds is hard for her to process.

It seems that her father has been sending money to Hannah for years. Despite all the trouble she put her parents through with the cult, he still worried about her.

And all it did was make Janie angry.

Janie found the address where Hannah picked up the checks. She figured it is time to pay Hannah a visit and finally get some answers.

This book continues Janie's story. It seems when it was originally published, it was said to be the conclusion to the series. It's not, apparently, since there is now a fifth book in the series. Even though it was originally the conclusion to this series, I felt the ending left it open for future books.

I liked the book. It was intense at times, and often very emotional. All most of the characters had something they were going through as what happened had affected them all in someway.

Stephen was much more likable in this book. I can't say that I really liked Stephen's girlfriend or her father all that much. To me, they seemed insensitive. Asking questions about Janie and the kidnapping even though Stephen said he didn't want to talk about it.

The book was good though, and I will read the fifth book in the series to see how it all ends.


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review 2015-04-24 03:02
The Voice on the Radio by Caroline B. Cooney
The Voice on the Radio - Caroline B. Cooney

Now that Janie knows the truth about everything, life seems to be settling down for both the Johnsons and the Springs. Janie is slowly building a relationship with her blood family.

And Reeve is off at college. He becomes a DJ for his college's radio station and thinks he has finally found something he is good at. But, at what cost did he achieve his radio success? It is because he's telling Janie's story and listeners want to hear more.

Book 3 is different from the first two. Janie already knows the truth about her parents, she knows she was kidnapped and has met her blood family. It was rough-going for Janie, but she is building a relationship with her blood family. I think what is really great about this book is that Janie realizes she can love both parents: her biological ones and the ones that raised her. I think Janie has grown up a bit and I like it that she is getting along better with her siblings.

I can't say I'm the biggest fan of Reeve. It's not just because of this book, but book number 2 also. It is true Reeve has been there for Janie through everything that has happened, and on the surface he looks like the perfect boyfriend. But when the narrative switches to Reeve and what he's thinking, he is not so perfect after all. Sometimes it seems that he only wants one thing. I think he does care about Janie, but after a while you get tired of Reeve thinking he wants Janie to stop talking so they can do other things. But, maybe Reeve will grow up too, especially after what he did.

This was a good book. I couldn't put it down. It'll be interesting to read the next book in this series to see how Janie's story continues.

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