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13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

13 Little Blue Envelopes (original 2005; edition 2006)

by Maureen Johnson

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Title:13 Little Blue Envelopes
Authors:Maureen Johnson
Info:HarperTeen (2006), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 368 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:travel, Europe, romance, artists, London

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13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson (2005)

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Easy, quick read. Loved the idea behind the story, but the presentation was extremely rough and the main character, Ginny, should have been in her early 20's. ( )
  momma182 | Jun 23, 2015 |
I absolutely love this story! It's funny, hilarious yet sad at the same time. I don't think I could be half as brave as Ginny, going to Europe all by myself. I can't wait to start the sequel. ( )
  kelsey.hintzman | Feb 10, 2015 |
I really like this book because I identify with Ginny a lot. In fact, I think I am Ginny. Except, I'm fairly sure that if I got sent off to Europe, my adventures wouldn't turn out exactly like hers. Unfortunately.

Ginny is a very normal girl who goes chasing after her very abnormal aunt, and this is cool because for once the story isn't about the abnormal person. It's about a normal person trying to understand an abnormal person, and this is very beautiful to me because I think I am both a normal and an abnormal person constantly trying to understand the other half of my self.

Also, Ginny just has really fabulous adventures all over Europe. Keith and Richard are both very awesome. ( )
  BrynDahlquis | Feb 2, 2015 |
For as lively as funny as Maureen Johnson is on Twitter, I was expecting to enjoy this more. Instead I found a rather pedestrian YA novel. Perhaps I'd have found it more exciting if I was a 14-year-old girl, still. ( )
  CherieDooryard | Jan 20, 2015 |

Even though I normally don't like this sort of books, I did want to read this book a few years ago. One of my friends read it and told me about it. And I got interested in the story. After reading I thought that the story was original but completely unbelievable. There are happening so many weird things but nobody seems to care about that. I enjoyed reading, it wasn't hard to read it. You could read it rather fast, but I was not blown away by it. But I still bought her second book as well, but still need to read that one. ( )
  Floratina | Jan 4, 2015 |
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Rule #1:
You may bring only what fits in your backpack. Don't try to fake it with a purse or a carry-on.

Rule #2:
You may not bring guidebooks, phrase books, or and kind of foreign language aid. And no journals.

Rule #3:
You cannot bring extra money or credit/debit cards, traveler's checks, etc. I'll take care of all of that.

Rule #4:
No electronic crutches. This means no laptop, no cell phone, no music, and no camera. You can't call home of communicate with people in the U.S. by internet or telephone. Postcards and letters are acceptable and encouraged.

That's all you need to know for now. See you at 4th Noodle.
For Kate Schafer, the greatest traveling companion in the world, and a woman who is not afraid to admit that she occasionally can't remember where she lives.
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Dear Ginger, I have been a great follower of rules.
As a rule, Ginny Blackstone tried to go unnoticed -- something that was more or less impossible with thirty pounds (she'd weighed it) of purple-and-green backpack hanging from her back.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060541431, Paperback)

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+

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:33 -0400)

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When seventeen-year-old Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes from her favorite aunt, she leaves New Jersey to criss-cross Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life.

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