Grade 8-10–This whirlwind adventure begins as Ginny, 17, reads a letter from her free-spirited, unpredictable Aunt Peg, who has recently passed away. She is given several destinations, four rules, and the instruction to open one envelope upon her arrival at each place. Thus begins a rapid tour of Europe as the teen struggles to accomplish the tasks established by her aunt. The motivation: Ginny wants to understand the woman's wanderlust and, possibly, she just wants a connection to her beloved relative. Throughout her adventures in Rome, Paris, Greece, England, and the Netherlands, the teen collects pieces of Peg's past and learns more about her rapid departure. She also learns much about herself. The reason Ginny is sent to meet certain people is not always clear; sometimes she (and readers) wonder about the point of the exercise. Overall, though, the novel drives home the importance of family, love, and the value of connections that you make with people. It is a quick read that will interest high school girls.–Emily Garrett, Naaman Forest High School, Garland, TX
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Gr. 8-11. Seventeen-year-old Ginny had always admired her aunt Peg, a free-spirited artist who often disappeared for months, most recently to Europe. Now Aunt Peg has died of brain cancer, and in a characteristically cryptic gesture made before her death, she arranged for her niece to receive a plane ticket to London, where Ginny will begin a series of adventures. Guided by Peg's friends and the instructions in each of 13 letters her aunt wrote, Ginny sets off across Europe. Staying with Peg's contacts or in hostels, Ginny begins to peel away some of the mythic layers surrounding her aunt, even as she falls into thrilling escapades and a blossoming romance. Johnson's plot stretches plausibility. Would Ginny's practical mother really have agreed to such a solo, undefined journey? But readers will probably overlook any improbabilities and willingly accompany Ginny through her sensitive, authentically portrayed experiences--uncomfortable, lonely, giddy, and life changing--as she pieces together family mysteries and discovers herself. Gillian Engberg
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Teenager Ginny is super close to her Aunt Peg (her mom... meh, not so much, it seems). Aunt Peg is a fun -- but maybe a little flighty -- bohemian spirit who desperately wants... Read morePublished 15 days ago by EpicFehlReader
I loved this book I loved how I can relate to all the places because I've been to most of the places Ginny went too!Published 1 month ago by Bob Marley
One of my favorite adolescent lit books. Keep in mind that there is a second book.Published 1 month ago by J. J. Mabbott
Who would have thought that a little young adult book could have such an effect on a mid-20's girl? It gave me the courage to do something I never in my wildest dreams imagined I... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ashley @ Book Junkie: Not-So-Anonymous
I enjoyed the mystery but I cannot believe that a young woman would go to such extremes for her auntPublished 2 months ago by Diane Miller
After the early death of her Aunt Peg, Ginny embarks on a trans-Atlantic romp that brings her from London to Greece, Rome, Copenhagen by way of instructions in thirteen envelopes... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Blanka H
I just love this book series. Couldn't put the book down from beginning to end. I found it at goodwill a few years back and it was just what I needed at the time. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer