13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Ginny always loved visiting her Aunt Peg in New York when she was younger. Aunt Peg was an artist and would take Ginny on different adventures that would expose her to all the different types of art in the city. Aunt Peg was also the opposite of her sister, Ginny’s mom. So Ginny didn’t grow up in an adventurous home. Ginny was expected to be normal, study hard, and go to college.
But Ginny’s sheltered life is thrown out the window when she gets 13 little blue envelopes from Aunt Peg. Unfortunately these letters are all she has left of her aunt, who died suddenly. Upon opening the first letter Ginny discovers that Aunt Peg has set up one last trip to New York. Upon completing the task in each letter she can open the next. Once in New York she discovers that Aunt Peg plans for her to visit London. Now Ginny is on one last adventure with her Aunt Peg. An adventure that will lead her on a whirlwind tour of Europe and make her question her studious, stodgy life. She may even find a cute boy too!
13 Little Blue Envelopes is a quick, fun read that shows how, sometimes, being pushed out of your comfort zone is okay, and even exciting. Recommended for readers who need a bit of adventure and whimsy. Appropriate for ages 14 and up.