13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

69%

9 Critic Reviews

The story is perforce rather traveloguish, but in a pleasing way.
-Project MUSE

Synopsis

New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson’s funny, heartbreaking, and utterly romantic tale gets a great new cover!

Ginny Blackstone never thought she’d spend her summer vacation backpacking across Europe. But that was before she received the first little blue envelope from Aunt Peg.

This letter was different from Peg’s usual letters for two reasons:

1. Peg had been dead for three months.

2. The letter included $1000 cash for a passport and a plane ticket.

Armed with instructions for how to retrieve twelve other letters Peg wrote—twelve letters that tell Ginny where she needs to go and what she needs to do when she gets there—Ginny quickly finds herself swept away in her first real adventure. Traveling from London to Edinburgh to Amsterdam and beyond, Ginny begins to uncover stories from her aunt’s past and discover who Peg really was. But the most surprising thing Ginny learns isn’t about Peg . . . it’s about herself.

Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it’s all because of the 13 little blue envelopes.

Look for the sequel, The Last Little Blue Envelope!

 

About Maureen Johnson

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Maureen Johnson is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels include Suite Scarlett, Scarlett Fever, Girl At Sea, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, and The Key To The Golden Firebird. She lives in New York City, but travels to the UK regularly to soak up the drizzle and watch English TV.
 
Published January 29, 2009 by HarperTeen. 352 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Travel. Fiction
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Critic reviews for 13 Little Blue Envelopes
All: 9 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Good
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Aug 01 2008

A sure hit with fans of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Sep 05 2008

Equal parts poignant, funny and inspiring, this tale is sure to spark wanderlust.

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Examiner

Below average
Reviewed by Sunnie Lapan on Feb 27 2012

After a somewhat round-about plot, where we learn very little about Ginny as a character, the book skids to a rather pointless end.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer McIntosh on Mar 28 2011

Johnson has written an emotional and meaningful book about identity, grief, and growing up. She's done all this while maintaining the humor we've come to expect from her.

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RT Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Taylor Morris on Jul 01 2008

Johnson puts an original twist on the genre and leaves some wonderful surprises for the end as well.

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Teen Reads

Good
Reviewed by Carole Turner on Aug 23 2008

Anyone who has the soul of an adventurer or is an armchair traveler will be swept away on a grand adventure in Europe with Ginny.

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Project MUSE

Above average
Reviewed by Deborah Stevenson on Oct 01 2008

The story is perforce rather traveloguish, but in a pleasing way.

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Teen Ink

Below average
Reviewed by Cstith6 on Jan 01 2010

I would like the author to make the characters different and make them a little more interesting.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by KTLS on Jan 01 2010

I really enjoyed this book, and I believe that everyone should read this before they graduate from high school.

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