“13 Little Blue Envelopes” by Maureen Johnson

08 Aug


"13 Little Blue Envelopes" tells the story of 17-year-old Ginny and the series of mysterious, clue-filled letters her Aunt Peg left before she died. Each letter contains a task that Ginny must complete before she can open the next envelope. The letters take Ginny from her home in New Jersey, into Manhattan, and on to a European adventure. On her own, Ginny must figure out clues related to paintings and architectural sites in places like London, Scotland, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and the island of Corfu. Along the way, Ginny struggles to overcome her natural shyness, believe in her own strength and independence, and decide exactly how she feels about zany British performance artist Keith.

This is a fun book, since it takes the reader through so many interesting spots throughout Europe, and, along the way, you get art, romance, and adventure.

By the way, we're starting a Moms & Daughters Sunday Book Club at the Library this fall, and "13 Little Blue Envelopes" will be the first book we discuss. Kinnelon teens in grades 6 and up — and their moms, grandmoms, sisters, etc. — who sign up starting September 1st will get two copies of the book. Come pick up the book and join us on Sunday, September 24th at 3pm.


Posted by on August 8, 2006 in Uncategorized


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8 responses to ““13 Little Blue Envelopes” by Maureen Johnson

  1. Anonymous

    September 2, 2006 at 1:41 am

    i loved this book

    I also really enjoyed this book. I seriously finished it in a matter of hours. It was REALLY good. **read it** u will like it….i think

  2. mel1317

    October 22, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    Re: i loved this book

    If you liked “13 Little Blue Envelopes,” you should give Maureen’s latest novel, “Girl at Sea” a try. I think you’ll find a lot to like there, and it might even take you more than an hour to finish it! Thanks for the comment.

  3. Anonymous

    September 30, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    this was such a good book it’s like P.S i love you only way better

    • mel1317

      October 2, 2008 at 6:01 pm

      Heh … I actually read the novel of Cecelia Ahern’s “PS I Love You” years ago and still haven’t managed to catch the movie version. But, yes, you’re exactly right! In both stories, a dead loved one communicates from “beyond the grave” through a series of letters with specific tasks. Excellent insight on your part! Thanks for your comment.

  4. Anonymous

    November 16, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Re: i loved this book

    OMG i just finished it and i loved it but after she leaves england it was kind of boring but when she found keith again im like wow i cant put it down i must finish it now i really wish there was a movie of it that would be the best movie ever

    • mel1317

      November 20, 2008 at 4:27 pm

      Re: i loved this book

      I am a huge fan of Maureen Johnson, the author of “13 Little Blue Envelopes.” I loved just about everything in this book, although I can see why you were a bit let down when Keith wasn’t in the picture. You should definitely try some of Maureen’s other books, particularly her most recent one, “Suite Scarlett.” Maureen has a great website which you can visit by clicking here. Thanks for your comment, and, who knows, maybe someday we’ll get that movie version of the book!

  5. Anonymous

    May 20, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Who would you cast in a movie?

    I have to write an essay on how to make this book into a movie. Who would you cast for the main characters, like Ginny and Kieth, and Richard and Peg and stuff.

    • mel1317

      May 22, 2009 at 6:23 pm

      Re: Who would you cast in a movie?

      Heh … there’s no way I’m doing your assignment for you! I’m sure if you read the book you can come up with your own (great) ideas about who should play the main characters. By the way, I think a movie version would be a super idea, if for no other reason than to see all those beautiful European locations! Good luck on the assignment.


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