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Velva Jean Learns to Fly
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Jennifer Niven is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe, as well as the popular Velva Jean series. She is also the author of several non-fiction books, including Ada Blackjack, The Aqua-Net Diaries, and The Ice Master, which was named a top non-fiction book by Entertainment Weekly. Her New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places is soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning. Although she grew up in Indiana, she now lives with her fianc and literary cats in Los Angeles, which remains her favorite place to wander.

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Author of the New York Times bestsellers All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe

A Southern Literary Review Read of the Month On Los Angeles Magazine's To Read list Praise for Jennifer Niven and the Velva Jean series:
"An endearing portrait of a young woman with a big heart--Velva Jean Learns to Fly illuminates the power of going after a dream and the courage it takes to never let go."--Beth Hoffman, bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt "Besides creating a gutsy heroine, who, despite the repressive times, never becomes bitter, Niven's writing shines overall. Cheers to Niven, Velva Jean, and the two further books of her remarkable story to come."--Booklist (starred review) "Readers who enjoy Fannie Flagg and other down-home Southern writers will be entertained by this saucy adventure sprinkled with a gamut of human emotions."--Library Journal "A tasteful blend of comedy, inspiration, and endurance...filled with love, despair, and life-threatening adventures. Niven delivers another tale full of hope, heartbreak, and nostalgia."--Publishers Weekly "A very special World War II novel....Jennifer Niven's ongoing portrayal of this totally engaging young woman set within a stunning vision of the American South during WWII is a major achievement. The explorations of the Nashville music industry and the WASP initiative are rich in evocative detail."--Southern Literary Review "Velva Jean's story delves into the contributions made by amazing women during World War II and tells a compassionate story about adventure, love, and war. This is a wonderful book--very hard to put down."--Ann Howard Creel, author of The Magic of Ordinary Days "A sweeping adventure that takes the reader from the streets of Nashville to the belly of a WWII bomber."--Benjamin Percy, award-winning author of Red Moon and The Wilding "In this fun, fast-paced, heartwarming sequel to Velva Jean Learns to Drive, we follow the beloved young heroine from her mountain home to Nashville. But soon after Pearl Harbor is attacked, Velva Jean begins singing a new song--one full of patriotism, courage, and feisty independence. The perfect read for any girl of any age who years to soar beyond her dreams."--Susan Gregg Gilmore, author of The Funeral Dress and Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen "From the ballads of the Grand Ole Opry to the magnificent women of Avenger Field, Jennifer Niven spins a tall tale that is utterly heartfelt and rings true."--Sherri L. Smith, award-winning author of Flygirl "Putting this one down is a near impossibility. The descriptions of the work, the prejudice, fear, and bittersweet success of becoming a female pilot seemed so real I felt as if I were sharing every step with Velva Jean."--Nancy E. Turner, award-winning author of These Is My Words "I devoured Velva Jean Learns to Fly and immediately began spreading the word: This one is not to be missed!"--Cassandra King, author of The Same Sweet Girls "Who would have thought that a young woman's adventures in World War II would capture my attention--and keep it? This gripping, heartwarming action-adventure tale stays with you long after you turn the last page."--James Earl Jones, Tony Award-winning and Emmy Award-winning actor

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