- Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
- Format: Paperback | 352 pages
- Dimensions: 132mm x 196mm x 24mm | 299g
- Publication date: 21 December 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0060541431
- ISBN 13: 9780060541439
- Edition statement: Reissue
- Sales rank: 19,112
Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket. In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat. The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist. Because of envelope 4, Ginny and a playwright/thief/ bloke-about-town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous-though utterly romantic-results. But will she ever see him again? Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it's all because of the 13 little blue envelopes. Ages 12+
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By Maria Guajardo (GABY) 29 Mar 2014
Ginny is just an ordinary girl, until she receives 13 letters from her aunt with tasks and enough money to travel to Europe. Her instructions sometimes are easy, like meeting someone; or difficult, as finding a little coffee shop in Paris. Oh, and she needs to do it alone, with just a bag pack and no communication with her family and friends in USA.
I really liked this book. It was easy to read and interesting, and I loved the idea of the envelopes. Each envelope would mean another country, and another adventure! Every place she went was exotic (for someone who doesn't live in Europe) and the descriptions were so amazing that you felt as if you're traveling too.
But I wished Ginny would have been more interesting. She was really naive and unadventurous, and sometimes she was kind of boring. If I was in her situation, I'd have been more excited! Her trip was amazing and she met lots of people, like Keith the hot guy, or the crazy Australians.
Overall, I enjoyed 13 Little Blue Envelopes. It was fun and as soon as I ended it I felt like going on vacations! Definitely I'll read the sequel, The Last Little Blue Envelope, which is going to be release May 10th, 2011.
By MissPageTurner 07 Mar 2012
Imagine you go on a trip to Europe, no money, no camera, no contacts, just a bunch of letters in your bag.13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES makes me wish I could go on a trip through Europe right now!
This novel combines two of my favourite things: travelling and letters (writing and receiving them). I never read a novel with so many miles being travelled over such a short time. Protagonist Ginny travels through Europe and visits many fantastic European cities like Rome or Paris.
Great about 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES is that Maureen Johnson does not just send her heroine on a sightseeing trip through European capitals, but lets her experience crazy and fun adventures off the tourist path.
While reading these adventures seemed crazy and random but in the end they miraculously completed to a whole.Ginny gains insight into the unconventional life of her aunt, meets many new people and finds the time to think about her own life, situation and maybe find love aswell.
The letters themselves aren't that witty and funny, the ideas of aunt Maddy often appear random. Unrealistic is that parents let her 17-year-old daughter travel to Europe on her own not knowing where she'll be staying or travelling. Maureen Johnson solved this conflict by simply stating that after a few discussions the parents agree.
13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES is the first novel I read by Maureen Johnson, everyone always kept saying I couldn't ignore her novels and I am glad I didn't. Johnson is an ironic and crazy author girl with a cool style.
This novel is all about life, seeing a bit of the world, finding love and friends and somehow managing not to loose your passport.
By TeensReadToo 21 Sep 2010
When Virginia Blackstone (Ginny) receives the first blue envelope from her Aunt Peg in the mail, it sends her on an exciting, funny, and sometimes poignant adventure that readers will be delighted to join. The envelope contains $1,000 in cash, and the instructions to pick up a package of envelopes that start Ginny on a trip around Europe, tracing the steps of her eccentric Aunt. The instructions are specific; no cell phones, no maps, and Ginny can only open one envelope at a time, after she's completed each task in the previous letter.
Through the letters, Ginny learns more about what drove her Aunt to flee to Europe in pursuit of her art, and about her Aunt's last year of life, since Aunt Peg has passed away from a brain tumor by the time the first envelope arrives--and Ginny never got to say good-bye. Through her adventures, Ginny learns a lot about herself. Her own strength and ingenuity, her ability to forgive, and that she, too, can be an interesting person.
Some of the tasks seem impossible; find the one cafÃ???Ã??Ã?Â© in all of Paris where her Aunt spent a month sleeping behind the bar and decorating the cafÃ???Ã??Ã?Â© to pay her rent. Others are easier, at least on the surface; find a starving artist and be his mysterious benefactor. Readers will both laugh at some of Ginny's mishaps and cringe at some of her mistakes as the envelopes lead her around Europe.
Peopled with a strong cast of supporting characters--the cute playwright she meets in London, the annoying family of Americans with a "schedule" in Amsterdam, the crazy artist friends of her Aunt--the novel unfolds at a fast pace, while never losing its poignancy as Ginny retraces the steps of the Aunt she loved. Ms. Johnson has written an excellent and entertaining novel that I highly recommend.