AR BOOK REVIEW
13 Little Blue Envelopes was written by Maureen Johnson in 2005. It was published by HarperCollins. I am a huge fan of this book because it is very suspenseful and it draws readers in.
The main character in this book is a young girl named Ginny Blackstone. She is on summer break when she receives a message from her “Runaway Aunt” Peg, who is now dead. THer aunt says Ginny will be traveling to foreign lands and she can only bring as many things as she can fit in a backpack. She cannot bring any extra money or a journal and no electronics. Ginny is only allowed to open the next envelope once she has reached the destination or has completed the task set in the previous letter.
The first envelope sends her to London where she meets an artist named Keith and her aunt Pegs roommate. She realizes she has a crush on Keith, and they go to Scotland to meet her aunt’s guru artist Mari Adams. Ginny and Keith have a fight and they part ways. Later she encounters a horrible hotel in Amsterdam and finds shelter with a family. Following the letters, she goes to Denmark and meets four Australian students, Emmett, Bennett, Nigel, and Carrie. Together they form the “Blue Envelope Gang” and follow the second-to-last envelope to Greece. The 12th envelope states she can open the last one whenever she wishes.
While in Greece her backpack gets stolen with the last envelope in it. She asks her aunt pegs roommate who happened to be her husband to help find the envelope. In the attic of her aunt Pegs house she finds her old artwork. The painting collection is sold at auction, and the proceeds become her inheritance. While wondering if selling the paintings was the right decision or not, a conversation with Keith makes her realize that Peg wanted Richard to know that she loved him. She writes a letter to her aunt, letting her know that even though she never read the 13th envelope she knows what it said.
13 Little Blue Envelopes is an action packed story for all ages. Readers feel as if they are in the book themselves when reading this novel. It is a quick and enjoyable read leaving readers wanting more. Overall this book is a fantastic read for anyone.