Velva Jean Learns to Fly: Book 2 in the Velva Jean series

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Penguin, Aug 30, 2011 - Fiction - 432 pages
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From the author of Holding up the Universe and the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places. After Pearl Harbor, Velva Jean signs up for service and gets her wings, risking her life—and her heart.

Velva Jean Hart, the fiercely independent heroine of Jennifer Niven's (Becoming Clementine) spectacular debut novel, Velva Jean Learns to Drive, returns in a captivating adventure that literally sends her soaring. Bristling at the limitations faced by a woman in rural Appalachia and fuelled by the memory of her late Mama telling her to "live out there," Velva Jean hits the road to pursue her dream of singing at the Grand Ole Opry. But after a string of auditions, she begins to lose hope—until her brother pays her a surprise visit and treats Velva Jean to a flying lesson that ignites a brand-new dream: to become a female pilot. Funny, poignant, and utterly unforgettable, Velva Jean Learns to Fly will have fans cheering all over again.

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User Review  - WKinsey - LibraryThing

This was a great second book in the Velma Jean series. You didn't need to read the first book to get the beauty of Velma Jeans tale. I loved the way the book blended history with Velma Jean's ... Read full review

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User Review  - revzonian - LibraryThing

"Velva Jean Learns to Fly" is a fascinating journey of a young woman who had her heart set on singing, but opened herself up to an equally, if not more, exciting career - flying. Her bravery, loyalty ... Read full review

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JENNIFER NIVEN has written four novels for adults—Velva Jean Learns to Drive, Velva Jean Learns to Fly, Becoming Clementine, and American Blonde—and three non-fiction books—Ada Blackjack, The Aqua-Net Diaries, and The Ice Master, which was named a top non-fiction book by Entertainment Weekly. She has also written two books for young adults: Holding Up the Universe and the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places; the movie, starring Elle Fanning, will be released in 2017.

Although she grew up in Indiana, she now lives with her fiancé and literary cats in Los Angeles, which remains her favorite place to wander.

For more information, visit,, or find her on Facebook.

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