Monday, April 24, 2006

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

This book is already popular at OMS, maybe due to its very cool cover (which violates the school dress code, by the way). Ginny, a 17-year-old girl learns about herself while on a sort of scavenger hunt across Europe. Her beloved aunt has died and left her 13 envelopes in various places in Europe. She travels around alone with almost no money and no advance plans–maybe a little bit unrealistic for a girl so young, but it's fun to imagine. This book contains a nice combination of adventure, romance, growing up, and also coming to terms with disappointment and sadness.

I love to travel and my travel bug began at a young age when I read Betsy and the Great World by Maud Hart Lovelace. 13 Little Blue Envelopes might have the same effect on kids today when they read about Ginny's adventures in England, Paris, Italy, and Greece.

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