Picture of author.

Maureen Johnson (1) (1973–)

Author of 13 Little Blue Envelopes

For other authors named Maureen Johnson, see the disambiguation page.

38+ Works 25,434 Members 1,230 Reviews 65 Favorited

About the Author

Maureen Johnson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 16, 1973. She received an undergraduate degree in writing from the University of Delaware and a MFA in writing from Columbia University School of the Arts. After college and before graduate school, she was the literary manager of a show more Philadelphia theater company. Her first book, The Key to the Golden Firebird, was published in 2004. Her other works include 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Devilish, Suite Scarlett, The Last Little Blue Envelope, and the Shades of London series. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Author Maureen Johnson at the 2019 Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas, United States. By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=84646855


Works by Maureen Johnson

13 Little Blue Envelopes (2005) 3,756 copies
Let it Snow: Three Holiday Romances (2008) — Contributor — 3,416 copies
The Bane Chronicles (2013) 2,626 copies
The Name of the Star (2011) 2,272 copies
Truly Devious (2018) 1,872 copies
Suite Scarlett (2008) 1,182 copies
The Bermudez Triangle (2004) 1,008 copies
The Vanishing Stair (2019) 910 copies
The Madness Underneath (2013) 843 copies
Devilish (2006) 799 copies
The Hand on the Wall (2020) 776 copies
Girl at Sea (2007) 697 copies

Associated Works

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy (2016) — Contributor — 1,521 copies
Zombies vs. Unicorns (2010) — Contributor — 1,285 copies
The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe (2016) — Foreword — 431 copies
Vacations from Hell (2009) — Contributor — 307 copies
Who's a Good Boy? (2019) — Contributor — 147 copies
Who Done It? (2013) — Contributor — 133 copies


adventure (126) anthology (192) boarding school (236) Christmas (142) contemporary (177) death (98) ebook (238) England (144) Europe (187) family (134) fantasy (601) fiction (1,143) friendship (170) ghosts (261) horror (147) humor (168) Jack the Ripper (140) Kindle (138) library (90) London (230) murder (166) mystery (667) own (164) paranormal (284) read (237) realistic fiction (124) romance (471) series (264) short stories (384) signed (100) supernatural (129) teen (232) teen fiction (98) to-read (2,349) travel (297) urban fantasy (112) YA (1,183) young adult (1,473) young adult fiction (209) zombies (110)

Common Knowledge

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Places of residence
New York, New York, USA
University of Delaware
Columbia University
Awards and honors
Queen of Teen (2012)
Kate Schafer Testerman (Daphne Unfeasible)
Short biography
Maureen Johnson (born February 16, 1973) is an American author of young adult fiction. Her published novels include 13 Little Blue Envelopes, The Name of the Star, Truly Devious, and Suite Scarlett. Among Johnson's works are collaborative efforts such as Let It Snow, a holiday romance novel of interwoven stories co-written with John Green and Lauren Myracle, and a series of novellas found in anthologies The Bane Chronicles, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, and Ghosts of the Shadow Market.

Johnson was born in Philadelphia and attended an all-girl Catholic preparatory high school. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 1995 with a degree in English. Johnson later worked variously as literary manager of a Philadelphia theater company, a waitress in a theme restaurant, a secretary, a bartender in Piccadilly, and an occasional performer in New York City. She studied both writing and theatrical dramaturgy at Columbia University, where she received her MFA in Writing.

Johnson's debut novel The Key to the Golden Firebird was published in May 2004 by HarperTeen. Centered around themes of grief and resilience and set in the suburbs of Philadelphia a year after his passing, the novel depicts three sisters of different age as they individually process and come to understand their father's death, and their paths ahead. The Key to the Golden Firebird entered the market during a resurgence of popular interest in the young adult fiction genre. In 2005, it received starred reviews from both School Library Journal and Booklist.



A solid end to a binge-worthy trilogy. Normally I don’t like stories to be so drawn out and not standalone stories but I loved this. I think this is the strongest book of the three as they just get better as the go one (but to be honest I might favor this one because we get the most answers in it)
mancinibo | 33 other reviews | Nov 30, 2023 |
I actually like this better than book one - maybe because we got some important answers in this book. There are still so many questions though so on to book three!
mancinibo | 36 other reviews | Nov 30, 2023 |
filemanager | 82 other reviews | Nov 29, 2023 |
Cute read. Loved the format.
deseriedrew | 121 other reviews | Nov 14, 2023 |



You May Also Like

Associated Authors

Lauren Myracle Contributor
Jay Cooper Illustrator
Maya Rupert Contributor
Javier Munoz Contributor
Rosie O'Donnell Contributor
Jodi Picoult Contributor
Jason Reynolds Contributor
Karuna Riazi Contributor
Rebecca Roanhorse Contributor
Jeffrey Rowland Contributor
Jonny Sun Contributor
Dana Schwartz Contributor
Dan Sinker Contributor
Ali Stroker Contributor
Dylan Marron Contributor
Sabaa Tahir Contributor
Shaina Taub Contributor
Daniel J Watts Contributor
Jennifer Weiner Contributor
Kate Linnea Welsh Contributor
Jacqueline Woodson Contributor
Justin Mikita Contributor
Junauda Petrus Contributor
Malinda Lo Contributor
KC Green Contributor
John Paul Brammer Contributor
Carolyn Dewitt Contributor
Lauren Duca Contributor
Alex Gino Contributor
Libba Bray Contributor
Hebh Jamal Contributor
Scott Neumyer Contributor
Sara Zarr Contributor
Rachel M. Wilson Contributor
Robison Wells Contributor
Dan Wells Contributor
Cyn Balog Contributor
Cynthia Hand Contributor
Wendy Toliver Contributor
Melissa Marr Contributor
Karen Mahoney Contributor
Amber Benson Contributor
Francisco X. Stork Contributor
Kimberly McCreight Contributor
Sarah Fine Contributor
Cindy L. Rodriguez Contributor
Kelly Fiore-Stultz Contributor
Candace Ganger Contributor
Hannah Moskowitz Contributor
Amy Reed Contributor
Aprilynne Pike Contributor
Ellen Hopkins Contributor
Megan Kelley Hall Contributor
Lauren Oliver Contributor
Tara Kelly Contributor
Kate Rudd Narrator
Leo Nickolls Cover designer
Cliff Nielsen Cover artist
Barbara Abedi Übersetzer
Cassandra Jean Illustrator
Ann Shen Cover artist
Russell Gordon Cover designer
Nichola Sciacca Cover designer
Dagmar Schmitz Translator
Lizzie Allen Designer
Tom Pollock Contributor


Also by

Charts & Graphs