The Face on the Milk Carton

How does Caroline B. Cooney use imagery in The Face on the Milk Carton?

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The imagery surrounds a suburban Connecticut neighborhood contains a sense of tradition that can make room for growth. Their's [the Johnson's] was an architecturally mixed neighborhood. Originally a street of substantial older houses with front porches, big attics, and trees that dumped a million leaves every autumn, each side lot had been built upon. Modern ranches and cute little Cape Cods lay between each brown-shingled old place. Her own house was an old one dramatically modernized with sheets of glass where once there had been dark, hidden rooms.