Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it's all because of 13 little blue envelopes...Perfect summer read from Queen of Teen 2012! Ginny, aged 17, is left 13 little blue envelopes by her free-spirited young Aunt Peg. Little does she know just how much they will change her life...* Inside envelope No 1 is money and instructions to buy ...Read MoreEverything about Ginny will change this summer, and it's all because of 13 little blue envelopes...Perfect summer read from Queen of Teen 2012! Ginny, aged 17, is left 13 little blue envelopes by her free-spirited young Aunt Peg. Little does she know just how much they will change her life...* Inside envelope No 1 is money and instructions to buy a plane ticket. * Inside envelope No 2 are directions to a specific London flat * Inside envelope No 3 a note to Ginny says: Find a starving artist. * And because of envelope No 4 Ginny and a man called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous - though utterly romantic - results.Read Less
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This is a wonderful book! It is great for a teenager and accessible and enjoyable for an adult. It is a sweet story about families, relationships and growing up with just enough grittiness to keep it interesting. A worldwide scavenger hunt that ends up revealing so much about an aunt that the heroine thought she knew. I would recommend this book to everyone and I have!
Publishers Weekly, 2005-09-05 Self-effacing Ginny, 17, heads off to Europe with a giant purple-and-green backpack and an intriguing itinerary: she must follow the instructions set forth in a series of 13 sealed envelopes provided to her by her recently deceased Aunt Peg, an artist and free spirit. Ginny's journey starts in London, where she falls in with Keith, a scruffy but appealing performer who, as the designated love interest, is destined to pop up throughout the novel. Zig-zagging from Edinburgh to Rome (task: "Ask a Roman boy out for cake") to Paris (find the tiny caf? Peg spent a month decorating and painting) to Amsterdam and beyond, Ginny follows her aunt's footsteps while learning to rely on her own pluck and imagination. Readers will find Ginny an excellent traveling companion: her wry observations reveal a keen eye for the defining details of the backpacking experience. Letter by letter, country by country, Ginny comes into her own as she begins to accept the loss of her beloved mentor. Her realization that she is indeed an adventurer, even without Peg's presence, is the emotional ballast that provides gravity to the novel's delicious fairytale ending. Equal parts poignant, funny and inspiring, this tale is sure to spark wanderlust. Ages 12-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-10-16 Following the instructions in 13 sealed envelopes provided by her recently deceased aunt, a 17-year-old sets off for the experience of a lifetime. "Equal parts poignant, funny and inspiring, this tale is sure to spark wanderlust," said PW in a starred review. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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