Summertime means time for another travel book. Maureen Johnson, who found success with The Key to the Golden Firebird, now has the perfect travel story for the independent woman.

When Ginny's eccentric artist aunt suddenly passes away, she leaves her with a stack of numbered envelopes that guide her on a scavenger hunt through Europe. She meets several boys, not all of whom treat her well, and she sees the world as her aunt wanted her to—with total appreciation. She ends up back where she started but with a new view of the world—and herself.

Travel stories can be predictable but fun tales, taking readers to places they may never have a chance to visit. Johnson puts an original twist on the genre and leaves some wonderful surprises for the end as well. Her gimmick of the 13 letters really helps keep the reader wondering where Ginny will end up next. (Jul., 304 pp., $15.99)

Reviewed by: 
Taylor Morris