The Last Little Blue Envelope

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Ginny Blackstone spent last summer traveling around Europe, following the tasks her aunt laid out in a series of letters before she died. When someone stole Ginny's backpack—and the last little blue envelope inside—she resigned herself to never knowing how the adventure was supposed to end.

Now a mysterious boy has contacted Ginny from London, saying he's found her bag. Finally she can finish what she started. But instead of ending her journey, the last letter starts a whole new...

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Overview

Ginny Blackstone spent last summer traveling around Europe, following the tasks her aunt laid out in a series of letters before she died. When someone stole Ginny's backpack—and the last little blue envelope inside—she resigned herself to never knowing how the adventure was supposed to end.

Now a mysterious boy has contacted Ginny from London, saying he's found her bag. Finally she can finish what she started. But instead of ending her journey, the last letter starts a whole new one, and Ginny must hold on to her wits . . . and her heart. This time, there are no instructions.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In 13 Little Envelopes (2006), 17-year-old Ginny was sent on an all-expenses-paid scavenger hunt of sorts through Europe, via a series of envelopes from her late aunt. Johnson efficiently recaps the events of that book in a prologue (Ginny plans to use her European tour as fodder for her college application essay), before moving onto the plot point on which this sequel turns: the fact that Ginny never opened the final envelope—it was stolen before she had the chance. After a mysterious e-mail shows up in Ginny's inbox with a scan of partial contents of envelope 13, Ginny returns to Europe to find out what was in the rest of the note and carry out her aunt's last assignment. Johnson's prose is as fluid and assured as ever, and extortion, heartbreak, and a host of entertaining British boys all play their parts as Ginny and friends venture from London to Paris, Amsterdam, and Dublin. Readers who, like Ginny, are on the edge of adulthood, will be drawn in by this winning mix of globe-trotting adventure and romance. Ages 12–up. (May)
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Readers may remember seventeen-year-old Ginny Blackstone from Johnson's previous novel, 13 Little Blue Envelopes. That book followed Ginny as she traveled around Europe, following instructions laid out for her by a beloved aunt prior to her death. Her adventure was cut short when someone stole her backpack, containing the last letter, before Ginny could read it. It seemed she would never know her aunt's final intentions for her. Or would she? Ginny is up to her eyes in college applications when a remarkable e-mail catches her attention. Containing a scanned image of the start of her aunt's last letter, this message is from a boy named Oliver. He's in London. He's found her backpack. He has the letters. Ginny needs little provocation to leave the angst of the college application process behind and head back across the pond. It's a sure thing that London will be as full of surprises, exploration, love, and life lessons as it was in her first book. Readers who enjoyed that will be glad to see Ginny's quest continue; for those without that buy-in, this book is likely to fall flat. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
VOYA - Liz Sundermann
Several months have passed since the conclusion of Johnson's 13 Little Blue Envelopes (HarperTeen, 2005/VOYA October 2005) when Ginny receives an e-mail from a mysterious Londoner named Oliver. He claims to be in possession of the letters from her deceased aunt that recently sent her on a trek around Europe. Because Ginny is desperate to read the heretofore unopened thirteenth letter; because she feels that it would be nice to see her not-quite-boyfriend, Keith; and because she is looking for an excuse to postpone writing her college entrance essays, she travels back to London. Things there are not what she expects, but armed with her new haircut, the experience she gained on her last journey, and her ever-building courage, she delves into this new escapade feet first. This novel is a lively adventure with fully formed characters. It builds beautifully from the resolution of the last book (which was intended to be a stand-alone) without getting bogged down in flashbacks or retelling. The plot has a dynamic structure; while the first book sometimes gets bogged down by its formulaic sequence of events, the sequel clips along nicely throughout. Johnson's characters are just the right blend of quirky and likeable to hold teens' interest; they feel remarkably real, yet their circumstances are extraordinary. This is one of the rare books that will delight both lovers of contemporary adventures and those who prefer realistic romances. Reviewer: Liz Sundermann
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—In 13 Little Blue Envelopes (HarperCollins, 2005), Ginny Blackstone followed the instructions contained in the little blue envelopes written by her recently deceased aunt. But before she could read the 13th letter and finish her adventures that sent her all over Europe, her backpack was stolen, with the envelope in it. In this book, Ginny is contacted by a London teen who bought her backpack. She decides to return to England, collect the last letter, and finish what she started. Once she is there, though, things don't turn out quite the way she expected. Paul knows that she is selling her aunt's art and wants a cut for returning the letter. Thus begins a wild and tense journey through the British Isles as Ginny, her former boyfriend, his girlfriend, and Paul try to solve the clues and get along. Ginny, a practical and level-headed girl, is likable and easy to root for. With its blend of life lessons and a dash of romance, this sequel is sure to appeal to fans of the first book—Jessie Spalding, Tempe Public Library, AZ
Kirkus Reviews

Ginny Blackstone returns for another delightfully madcap adventure in Europe in this follow-up to Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes (2005). Seemingly out of nowhere, Ginny receives an e-mail containing a scanned copy of the never-opened 13th and final letter from her deceased aunt, stolen along with her backpack while she hopped from country to country in the first novel. The person in possession of the letter instructs her to respond if she's interested, leading her back to England, where she gets another chance to see her not-boyfriend Keith, with whom she has a relationship that they've agreed is "kind of something." Inevitably, they embark on another trip encompassing France, Belgium, Holland and, eventually, a messy, drunken New Year's Eve in Ireland, though this time with the addition of two new, not altogether welcome traveling companions. Ginny's narrative, told in an intelligent, third-person voice, establishes her firmly as a sympathetic, often hilarious everygirl, whose efforts to understand herself and who she'd like to be are fraught with moments both romantic and heartbreaking. Johnson's skill in creating secondary characters that are unusual, realistically flawed and utterly believable is again on display here. While there are no big surprises in this oft-told story of a teen's growth through travel and new relationships, this is an appealingly smart and honest read that fans of the first will find deeply satisfying. (Fiction. 12 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061976810
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 282
  • Sales rank: 76,797
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Maureen Johnson is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels include The Name of the Star, Suite Scarlett, Scarlett Fever, Girl At Sea, The Key To The Golden Firebird, and 13 Little Blue Envelopes. She lives in New York City, but travels to the UK regularly to soak up the drizzle and watch English TV.

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  • Posted March 24, 2011

    Courtesy of Readergirl Reviews a Teen Book

    I always enjoy the idea of someone who has passed on leaving behind a set of instructions, letters, tasks or gifts for a loved one still alive. Loved it in P.S. I Love You (awesome movie. If you haven't seen it yet, what's wrong with you?) I also love the concept in Maureen Johnson's The Last Little Blue Envelope. She brings such a neat new perspective to the concept, where Ginny's Aunt Peg has left a series of letters for her that send her on adventures through Europe.

    This time, Ginny's last letter, which she thought lost, is found by an English boy named Oliver. The adventure begins again, with some old friends returning, and a new one, Oliver, there to stir up trouble and feelings. I loved Ginny! She was such a fun character to read because she was independent, smart, and determined to follow her aunt's instructions to the end of the journey and its rewarding conclusion. Oliver was a bit harder to figure out. At first, his motives for what he does seem not so very honorable, until much later you find out what the true motives are. I had guessed along the way that Oliver probably had a good reason for what he was doing, and as romance began to bloom between Oliver and Ginny, I found myself convinced that he was a great guy. The romance between the two was sweet, although I could have stood to see a bit more development on this aspect. It was pretty late into the book before things really start to take off, so it didn't leave a whole lot of time left to really see their relationship grow. So Ginny's final decision, while nice and what I would have wanted, didn't make as much sense.

    I haven't read the previous book, but this one intrigued me enough that I will definitely be picking up a copy. I enjoyed Maureen Johnson's straightforward writing style and had fun reading this book and following Ginny's adventures. All in all, a satisfying read.

    17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Good read

    What a book! l loved it!

    11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

    Good read.

    Good way to end the book. It was great to finally get to know what the last letter contained (although, it seems ultimately to not have been the point). Takes care of the loose ends from the previous book, and managed to not bog down the book with recaps from the previous. Definitely recommend for anyone adventurous, or anyone who wishes they were.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    Bailey loves this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I LOVED THIS BOOK SOOOOOOOOOSOSOSOSO MICH it is amazing but u must read the first book first CANNOT READ OUT OF ORDER loved it and i like oliver more than keith
    Keith is totally uncool for doing what he did to her but i cant tell u cause im not a spoiler ;) <3

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

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    i Loved it!

    After reading the free drida selection with the first book i had to buy the second one. I Absolutely love her books. You have a new fan!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    Satisfying

    A fabulous continuation of the story from the first book. These stories inspire me to have an adventure of my own. A fun, inspiring, cute and lively story. Get ready to curl up with a cup of tea and read this book from start to finish!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

    Had to...

    I bought this after getting the 13 Blue Envelopes free. Good read.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2012

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A must read book : ) : ) : ) : )

    I read the first book and fell in love with it. It was just so good i could not stop reading. You MUST read this and the first book there sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2011

    Recommend - but only for older teens and up

    I am an adult who traveled Europe with my friends when I was in my early 20's and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I did notice that it was recommended both for 9 to 12 and teens. This is definitely NOT a 9 to 12 read, only for one passage, but it is not appropriate for a 9, or a 12 year old to read about a girl being felt up by a boy and making the decision that it shouldn't go further. Makes me question who is making these recommendations.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    This is a must read! Favorite book! Read the first book first so

    This is a must read! Favorite book! Read the first book first so you get the whole story :) Also my favorite author!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    As good as the first. A good read

    I really enjoyed the characters and style. The author did a great job of keeping me engaged and wanting to find out what happened next.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    Amazing

    I loved the book!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Great second book!

    I really enjoyed the first book, and this one did not disappoint! Like others have said, it answers some questions and ties up loose ends! If you liked the first one, which you should read first, then you'll like this one! It would be nice to know what happens to Ginny after this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    AWESOME BOOK!!!!! :)

    I luved this book! Had a great plot and never got boring. I just wish there was more romance. I also wish that we could find out what happened to keith and ginnys relationship after their fight.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2012

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    What a fantastic story and journey to go on!

    What a great conclusion to this story. I love how the author ties this story together with the artist aunt taking her neice on an incredible journey of life and its mysteries. Teachering her to trust in others and have faith in the unknown, discovering who you are and what a wonderful journey life can be if you are not afraid to take risks and chances and to explore other cultures. Ginny learns to trust strangers and put faith in the world and those around her and for being a shy girl she does it gracefully. Actually the story doesn't really need to end. I can see the author taking Ginny to college and a journey of education outside of the united states and all the strange characters she will meet. Who knows maybe we will see more of her journey.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2012

    AWESOME

    I LOVE THIS BOOK I LOVE THIS BOOK I LOVE THIS BOOK I LOVE THIS BOOK I LOVE THIS BOOK I LOVE THIS BOOK I LOVE THIS BOOK I LOVE THIS BOOK I LOVE THIS BOOK I LOVE THIS BOOK I LOVE THIS BOOK I LOVE THIS BOOK I LOV THIS BOOK

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    Boringgg

    Ok so .. this isnt really age appropriatre for kids or cchildren under the ages of 12 or13 because of ginnys romance i the novel. But otherwise its i well written and a little dragged out. Please dinttt tell me theres 3 books omg. Read mazerunners instead. Fast paced series tht keeps you on the edge of your seat. Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    Sooooooooooooooooooooooooo good

    I loved t the first one

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Great

    I honestly didn't expect the book to be this good, but it was fantastic. It had some very unexpected twists that left me happy and a little sad at the same time. It was definitely worthwhile because it was more than a good plot, it was a story with feeling (XD I am so cheesey). Read it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Questiom Question

    Is this the first book

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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