13 Little Blue Envelopes

13 Little Blue Envelopes

by Maureen Johnson

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ISBN-13: 9780062439109
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Series: 13 Little Blue Envelopes , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 55,375
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Maureen Johnson is the bestselling author of several novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, the Truly Devious series, the Suite Scarlett series, and the Shades of London series. She has also written collaborative works such as Let It Snow with John Green and Lauren Myracle and The Bane Chronicles with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan. Maureen lives in New York and online on Twitter @maureenjohnson or at www.maureenjohnsonbooks.com. 

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13 Little Blue Envelopes RB/SB

Chapter One

A Package Like a Dumpling

As a rule, Ginny Blackstone tried to go unnoticed...something that was more or less impossible with thirty pounds (she'd weighed it) of purple-and-green backpack hanging from her back. She didn't want to think about all the people she'd bumped into while she'd been carrying it. This thing was not made for wearing around New York City. Well, anywhere, really . . . but especially the East Village of New York City on a balmy June afternoon.

And a chunk of her hair was caught under the strap on her right shoulder, so her head was also being pulled down a little. That didn't help.

It had been over two years since Ginny had last been to the 4th Noodle Penthouse. (Or "that place above the grease factory," as Ginny's parents preferred to refer to it. It wasn't entirely unfair. 4th Noodle was pretty greasy. But it was the good kind of greasy, and they had the best dumplings in the world.)

Her mental map had faded a bit in the last two years, but 4th Noodle's name also contained its address. It was on 4th Street and Avenue A. The alphabet avenues were east of the numbers, deeper into the super-trendy East Village...where people smoked and wore latex and never shuffled down the street with bags the size of mailboxes strapped to their backs.

She could just see it now . . . the unassuming noodle shop next to Pavlova's Tarot (with the humming purple neon sign), just across the street from the pizza place with the giant mural of a rat on the side.

There was a tiny tinkle of a chime and a sharp blast of air-conditioning as Ginny opened the door. Standing behind thecounter was a pixie of a woman manning three phones at once. This was Alice, the owner, and Aunt Peg's favorite neighbor. She smiled broadly when she saw Ginny and held up a finger, indicating that she should wait.

"Ginny," Alice said, hanging up two of the phones and setting down the third. "Package. Peg."

She disappeared through a bamboo curtain that covered a door into the back. Alice was Chinese, but she spoke perfect English (Aunt Peg had told her so). But because she always had to get right to the point (4th Noodle did a brisk business), she spoke in halting single words.

Nothing had changed since the last time Ginny had been here. She looked up at the illuminated pictures of Chinese food, the shiny plastic visions of sesame shrimp and chicken and broccoli. They glowed, not quite tantalizingly, more radioactively. The chicken pieces were a little too glossy and orange. The sesame seeds too white and too large. The broccoli was so green it seemed to vibrate. There was the blown-up and framed picture of Rudy Giuliani standing with a glowing Alice, taken when he had shown up one day.

It was the smell, though, that was most familiar. The heavy, fatty smell of sizzling beef and pork and peppers and the sweetish odor of vats of steaming rice. This was the scent that seeped through Aunt Peg's floor and perfumed her.

It rang such a chord in Ginny's memory that she almost swung her head around to see if Aunt Peg was standing there behind her.

But, of course, she couldn't be.

"Here," Alice said, emerging from the beaded curtain with a brown paper package in her hand. "For Ginny."

The package...an overstuffed padded brown envelope...was indeed addressed to her, Virginia Blackstone, care of Alice at 4th Noodle, New York City. It was postmarked from London and had the faintest aura of grease.

"Thanks," Ginny said, accepting the package as gracefully as she could, given that she couldn't lean over without falling face-first onto the counter."Say hi to Peg for me," Alice said, picking up the phone and launching straight into an order.

"Right . . ." Ginny nodded. "Um, sure."

Once she was out on the street, scanning Avenue A nervously for the cab she was going to have to hail for herself, Ginny wondered if she should have told Alice what had happened. But she was soon distracted by the sheer terror that her task caused her. Cabs were yellow beasts that sped through New York, whisking people who had to be places to the places they had to be and leaving terrified pedestrians scrambling for cover.

No, she thought, raising a timid hand as far as she could as a herd of her prey suddenly appeared. There was no reason to tell Alice what had happened. She barely believed it herself. And besides, she had to go.

13 Little Blue Envelopes RB/SB. Copyright © by Maureen Johnson. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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13 Little Blue Envelopes 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 771 reviews.
Shellyy More than 1 year ago
13 Little Blue Envelopes, written by Maureen Johnson, is a well-written story all about a girl who learns how to handle things on her own. It will encourage young minds all over the world to find their inner-beauty and encourage them to try things they never tried before. 13 Little Blue Envelopes is a funny and great adventure story that I think all teens will enjoy. I could not put it down; I read in the matter of a few days. The story line instantly pulled me in with a little bit of romance and Ginny¿s adventurous side. I felt like I was living through every experience Ginny went through.
Johnson makes her characters come alive and she portrays them as regular people. She made Ginny a regular teenager who has trouble speaking out. I could relate to this 100 percent. Her writing makes you never want to stop reading and the ending was a delicious cherry on top of an ice cream cone. It was the perfect story with the perfect ending.
I would definitely recommend this to a friend. This is a perfect pick-me-up when you have not read a good book in a while. If you like romance, adventure, and a tad bit of mystery, this is the book to read. You get to discover what it is like to travel through a country alone. You learn all new things about Europe and what life is like on the other side of the world. And surprisingly; it is much the same!
The reason I started reading this book in the first place was because it had been a while since I had read a truly amazing story that I had thoroughly enjoyed. I was tired of the stories that had no interesting conflict and always ended how I expected. I thought that 13 Little Blue Envelopes would stop my bad streak. I read the first chapter and it felt like I was living in Europe. This book is a great book to pick when you need something to pull you away from the world and the people around you. You become Ginny and open each of the envelopes with her.
This book is an overall great read for teenage girls. Most of the time it is interesting and I promise: you will not be able to put this book down! I know I look forward to reading more books by Maureen Johnson after I have read this, and I am sure you will too. I recommend this book to everyone who needs a book to read. 13 Little Blue Envelopes is the way to go!
GirlwiththeBraids More than 1 year ago
Ginny is convinced that the only thing that makes her interesting is her aunt, a starving artist and constant traveler. When her aunt dies of brain cancer, Ginny can't understand what's ahead of her. Days filled with boring scenes and an unoriginal life? Then she receives a letter . from her aunt. She discovers that her aunt wrote 13 letters before she died, all addressed to Ginny. She sends Ginny off on a journey, to different countries to complete different tasks. Who said Ginny couldn't be interesting and exciting? But it's still her aunt that is making her that way and it's all a game. It finally hits Ginny: her aunt is dead. Now, she has to be her own person. 13 Little Blue Envelopes is One-in-a-Million. It was completely creative and unusual! The author flowed with a new, fresh idea and it turned out great. I would have liked to read more about Ginny's mom and her home in New Jersey but it seemed that Ginny was caught in the moment and it rarely came across her mind. As the story developed, so did the characters and the descriptions of the settings blew me away! The writing is great and I look forward to reading more by this author in the near future. I could never imagine the countries that were spoken of but now I can with the help of this book. The reasons I rated this book a 4 are specified below. Contains: *brief nudity *homosexuality of a minor character involved in two chapters *sensuality *sexual references
NCIS_gal19 More than 1 year ago
13 Little Blue Envelopes is an exciting story about a girl named Ginny who receives a mysterious package from her Aunt Peg who has recently passed away. Inside the package there are 13 little blue envelopes and inside each envelope there are directions that will take Ginny all over the world if she chooses to follow them. However, if she does choose to follow them, there's a catch. The next envelope cannot be opened until she has finished the current envelope's directions. Ginny's journey includes her meeting some interesting people and situations. I think 13 Little Blue Envelopes is a great book and I would recommend it mostly to teenage girls because I think they can relate to Ginny a lot. I would give this book a 5 star rating.
Britt_F828 More than 1 year ago
Ginny, a 17-year-old from New Jersey, receives a letter from her deceased aunt. She follows the instructions in the letter and sets off to begin her journey that her aunt has given her. She may only take things that will fit in her backpack, but she is not aloud taking any electronics with her. This journey will make her understand things in her life more and help her understand her aunt's previous life. At each letter Ginny has to read it and follow the instructions. She is not aloud to look ahead at any of the letters. In each letter she has to complete all the instructions in each letter. Each letter takes her to a different places. Ginny gets stuck in some situations and has no clue what to do. But eventually finds her way through each situation. She learns a lot of things during this trip, things that she wouldn't even guess that would be true. End the end she lives to learn with the new things she has discovered, and now knows that there was a reason to that trip. This book is possibly the best book that I have read in years. I have read it more than twice because I like it so much! I give it five stars. I highly recommend reading this book. You will want to read this book a second time once you have read it a first time. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book 13 Little Blue Envelopes is a great book. It will take your mind on a wonderful journey. I love how the author makes you feel like you are their experiencing the hole thing. Maureen Johnson sure knows how to get your attention. Ginny is one of the bet characters in the book. Her estranged aunt gives her 13 Little Blue Envelopes. Thats were they get the title. Ginny has to follow all the advice and jobs that her aunt gave her in the letters. She gets to go on many trips through Europe. She got to go to England, France, Italy, and Greece that is just a few of the countries that she went to. You should really give this book a chance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me want to read more of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Didn't put it down until i finished!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is REALLY fun!! Don't listen to the other ppl who say it's boring!! They're just saying that cause probably they don't want other ppl 2 read it cause it their things and/or cause their weirdos!! THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ!! I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THE SEQUEL, THE LAST LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPE!!!!!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They should really make this book into a movie, it's that good. I read it and loved it, especially 'The Last Little Blue Envenlope'. Wish something like this would happen to me, wjere I get to go on an adventure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book anf all the places Ginny goes.its like being there with her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am extremely picky about the books i read but this one was PERFECT! it was funny and engageing and so amazing words csnt do it justice. I liked how Ginny always found a way and solved her problems unlike some of the more helpless girls in some books i have read. Anyway read this book READ IT you wont regret it. P.S i would give it a MILLOIN stars if i could but a cant so it gets 5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fast, fun, flirty, rollercoaster that will take you soaring and clanking up one mountian and swooping down the other.
SpartanReading More than 1 year ago
I give “13 Little Blue Envelopes” by Maureen Johnson 5 out of 5 envelopes because it was a very interesting book with lots of adventure. It had lots of components to it such as mystery, adventure, romance, and many plot twists. The story was about a 17 year old girl named Ginny who had a very crazy aunt. Her aunt had miraculously disappeared one day leaving Ginny only a package filled with 13 little blue envelopes. These envelopes sent her to all different places and had many varying tasks. During one of the quests she meets a boy who she falls in love with. He is sometimes a jerk though, causing them to fight a lot. I would recommend this book to mostly teen and pre-teen girls. This is because this book is from the point of view of a girl and it has some girly concepts. This book has a lot of romance in it that many girls can connect to. For example, since she is so clumsy around boys she starts acting oddly so he starts to dislike her and she is trying to get him back. Also, this book describes the beauty of all the cities she went to and most boys aren’t interested in that stuff. This is a descriptions of the city were a big part of the book so many boys might think it is boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I guess when its summer in long island which is boring and plain you need some adventures and this book right was my adventure it took me to london paris greece rome denmark and it showed young love and i met my crazy runaway aunt peg and my reliable steady uncle richard. I didnt know where i was going but i loved it anyways thank maureen
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the plot of this book but the main character got on my nerves a bit until the end. It also was super jumpy which sometimes helped the plot move but other times you were left wanting to know more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic, awesome story and I can not wait to read the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awsome book keeps the reader turning the pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book soo much!!!, but I also thought it dragged a little bit to much...... its like GET TO THE POINT ALREADY!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was a ecsalent book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the first time i saw and read the first sentence I LOVED IT !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fun read for a young adult - perhaps more suited to girls than boys. The story follows the adventures of a young adult girl as she journies around Europe. There are a few plot points you need to get over (i.e. that her sensible mother lets the girl take off on this trip and that the girl is either unrealistically clueless or rude in her various dealings with the people she meets). But if you can get over that it is a fun page turner. If you have travelled through Europe then it is a nice story to reminesce over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think it was amazing. Worth the money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book it sends you on a trip and its a page turner you cant get enough!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book taught me about the ups and downs of traveling. What i should do and what you should never do. I think ever girl that loves adventures should read this.