Teen Book Review — 13 Little Blue Envelopes

Title: 13 Little Blue Envelopes
Author: Maureen Johnson
Stars (out of 5): 3
13 Little Blue Envelopes is a fictional book about 17 year old Ginny’s trip to Europe. But this trip wasn’t just to one country; it was a tour of a big part of the continent. The tour was lead by her crazy Aunt Peg, who also happened to be dead. Aunt Peg wrote 13 letters to Ginny before she died, the first containing a task and giving her instructions to open the second letter when she completed that task. Same thing with the second one, and the third, and so on. By opening the letters at the correct time, she was getting a tour of Europe. Ginny was basically being forced into an adventure by her dead aunt with nobody to accompany her and thirteen letters as directions. No wonder she was confused! I would give 13 Little Blue Envelopes three and a half stars (out of five.) It is sort of interesting, and the ending is suspenseful, but it didn’t end up answering one of my biggest questions. I thought it would be more exciting and mysterious when I signed up for it. This book connects to my life because I have traveled to a country where English is not the main language: Ecuador. However, I can speak some Spanish and I was traveling with my mom, who is fluent in Spanish. 13 Little Blue Envelopes is unique, I haven’t read any books like it, but I guess I can compare it with The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Bilbo Baggins is the main character in The Hobbit, and both him and Ginny are forced into adventures. I would recommend this book to you if you like stories about traveling, but if you are looking for adventure, I don’t find it as exciting as it seems.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

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