Maureen Johnson is the author of more than a handful of upbeat YA novels. I have to say, after reading Johnson's 13 Little Blue Envelopes, I knew right away she was the perfect author for the first Curious Kind Author Spotlight.
Johnson sends her teenage character, Ginny, across the world on a sort of coming of age quest to spice up Ginny's safe and unassuming life. Each chapter gives the reader the chance to drop everything and travel across Europe bohemian style. This quick read is equal parts mystery, adventure, love, and comedy, and is the perfect book for anyone needing a change of pace. But it gets better! Johnson is set to release a sequel entitled The Last Little Blue Envelope this Spring! Anyone who has traveled to Europe will appreciate the unavoidable faux pas of a first time traveler and will chuckle along with the problems Ginny stumbles into. Those who haven't yet traveled, can consider themselves prepared with some great tips for when they do get the chance and a checklist of must-see sites.
Maureen Johnson has also published several other books for teen page-travelers that are on my list of must-reads including Girl at Sea.
Check out Maureen Johnson's website for info on all of her books and the community she has created among her fans.