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Velva Jean Learns to Fly

Velva Jean Learns to Fly

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by Jennifer Niven
     
 

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From the author of the New York Times bestselling 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

Overview

From the author of the New York Times bestselling 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

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Niven delivers another tale full of hope, heartbreak, and nostalgia in this sequel to Velva Jean Learns to Drive. Now in her twenties, at the dawn of World War II, heroine Velva Jean Hart leaves her husband and the comfort of her hometown in North Carolina to pursue her life-long dream of singing at the Grand Ole Opry. Once she arrives, she quickly learns that breaking into the music business is breaking her heart, but that doesn't stop our mind-bogglingly positive ingénue from sticking it out and singing the blues every chance she gets. Velva Jean's aspirations soon take a dramatic turn when her brother Johnny Clay introduces her to flying planes. Consumed with becoming a heroic female aviator, Velva Jean joins the WAFS, the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron, part of the Army Air Forces, and experiences a wartime life filled with love, despair, and life-threatening adventures. A tasteful blend of comedy, inspiration, and endurance. (Sept.)
-Cassandra King
"I devoured Velva Jean Learns to Fly and immediately began spreading the word: This one is not to be missed!"
-American Library Association
"You don't have to read the first to become completely engrossed with the second, but once you meet Velva Jean, you're going to want to!"
Library Journal
It is 1944, and Velva Jean Hart is ferrying pilots from the United States to England as part of the Women's Air Service Pilots (WASP). In addition to her patriotism, Velva Jean hopes to find her brother Johnny Clay, who went missing after D-day. On Velva Jean's first flight to bring supplies to Allied forces in France, her B-24 Liberator is hit and the pilot mortally wounded. As copilot, Velva Jean is forced to crash-land in occupied France, losing her entire crew and all but a handful of operatives aboard. Thanks to French spy Emile and his team, she is enlisted into a different kind of fight against the Germans. VERDICT Niven (Velva Jean Learns To Fly) continues her heroine's growth from small-town Southern girl. Velva Jean uses her native smarts and tricks she learned in WASP training to make a creditable "weapon of war." The author gives her plenty of hurdles to overcome, as well as a bit of romance, while readers learn more about the role women played in World War II. Recommended for readers who enjoyed Marie Bostwick's On Wings of the Morning.—Bette-Lee Fox, Library Journal
From the Publisher
"Besides creating a gutsy heroine, who, despite the repressive times, never becomes bitter, Niven's writing shines overall. Cheers to Niven, Velva Jean." —Booklist Starred Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452297401
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/30/2011
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
347,815
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"Besides creating a gutsy heroine, who, despite the repressive times, never becomes bitter, Niven's writing shines overall. Cheers to Niven, Velva Jean." —-Booklist Starred Review

Meet the Author

JENNIFER NIVEN’s first book, The Ice Master, was named one of the top ten nonfiction books of the year by Entertainment Weekly. Her second book, Ada Blackjack, was a Book Sense Top Ten Pick, and she is the most recently the author of Becoming Clementine.  She splits her time between Atlanta and Los Angeles.

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