Jennifer Niven
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Jennifer Niven

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Niven has always wanted to be a Charlie's Angel, but her true passion is writing. Her most recent book, All the Bright Places, is her first novel for young adult readers and tells the story of a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

All the Bright Places is an international bestseller. It was the GoodReads Choice Award for Best Young Adult Fiction of 2015, and named a Best Book of the Year by Time Magazine, NPR, the Guardian, Publisher's Weekly, YALSA, Barnes & Noble, BuzzFeed, the New York Public Library, and others. It was also the #1 Kids' Indie Next Book for Winter '14-'15 and SCIBA's Young Adult Book of the Year, as well as being nominated for the Carnegie Medal and longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. As of today, the book has spent over thirty weeks as a New York Times bestseller, and foreign rights have sold to forty territories. The movie rights have been optioned with Elle Fanning attached to star and Jennifer writing the script. As a companion to the book, Jennifer has created Germ (www.germmagazine.com), a web magazine for and run by girls (and boys) -- high school and beyond -- that celebrates beginnings, futures, and all the amazing and agonizing moments in between.

With the publication of her first book, The Ice Master, Jennifer became a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writer. A nonfiction account of a deadly Arctic expedition, The Ice Master was released in November 2000 and named one of the top ten nonfiction books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, and translated into multiple languages, including German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Danish, and Icelandic. Jennifer and The Ice Master appeared in Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, Talk, Glamour, The New Yorker, Outside, The New York Times Book Review, The London Daily Mail, The London Times, and Writer's Digest, among others. Dateline BBC, the Discovery Channel, and the History Channel featured The Ice Master an hour-long documentaries, and the book was the subject of numerous German, Canadian, and British television documentaries. The Ice Master has been nominated for awards by the American Library Association and Book Sense, and received Italy's esteemed Gambrinus Giuseppe Mazzotti Prize for 2002.

Jennifer's second book, Ada Blackjack -- an inspiring true story of the woman the press called "the female Robinson Crusoe" -- has been translated into Chinese, French, and Estonian, was a Book Sense Top Ten Pick, and was named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the Top Five Arctic books.

Her memoir, The Aqua-Net Diaries: Big Hair, Big Dreams, Small Town, was published in February 2010 by Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, and was optioned by Warner Bros. as a television series.

Her first novel, Velva Jean Learns to Drive (based on her Emmy Award-winning film of the same name), was released July 2009 by Penguin/Plume. It was an Indie Pick for the August 2009 Indie Next List and was also a Costco Book of the Month. The second book in the Velva Jean series, Velva Jean Learns to Fly, was released by Penguin/Plume in August 2011, and the third book in the series, Becoming Clementine, was published in September 2012. The fourth Velva Jean novel, American Blonde, hit shelves in 2014.

With her mother, author Penelope Niven, Jennifer has conducted numerous seminars in writing and addressed audiences around the world. She lives in Los Angeles.

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    • All the Bright Places

    • By: Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Ariadne Meyers
    • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Best YA Quirky Love Story of 2015

    • By FanB14 on 06-09-15

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Holding Up the Universe

    • By: Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie, Robbie Daymond
    • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed "America's Fattest Teen". But no one's taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Decent Story

    • By Sophie Beever on 04-01-17

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Velva Jean Learns to Drive

    • A Novel
    • By: Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
    • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 675
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 558

    Set in Appalachia in the years before World War II, this is a poignant story of a spirited young girl growing up in the gold-mining and moonshining South....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • If Jenna Lamia reads it, I'll listen to it!

    • By Susan on 12-17-09

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Velva Jean Learns to Fly

    • By: Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated by: Emily Durante
    • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 135
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 122
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 121

    Bristling at the limitations faced by a woman in rural Appalachia and fueled by the memory of her late Mama telling her to "live out there," Velva Jean hits the road to pursue her dream....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I wish Jenna Lamia had narrated the entire series.

    • By Betsy on 11-14-14

    Regular price: $27.26

    • American Blonde

    • Velva Jean, Book 4
    • By: Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated by: Laura Hicks
    • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 58
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    A fearless and spirited pilot conquers Hollywood. Now can she survive movie stardom? In 1945 Velva Jean Hart is a bona fide war heroine....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • good series

    • By Anonymous User on 05-13-17

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Becoming Clementine

    • By: Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated by: Käthe Mazur
    • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 70

    England, 1944. An American volunteers to copilot a plane carrying special agents to their drop spot over Normandy. Her personal mission: to find her brother, who is missing in action....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing, amazing book!

    • By Jodie on 04-09-15

    Regular price: $18.87

    • All die verdammt perfekten Tage

    • By: Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated by: Annina Braunmiller-Jest, Patrick Mölleken
    • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
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    Ein Mädchen lernt zu leben - von einem Jungen, der sterben will. Ist heute ein guter Tag zum Sterben?, fragt sich Finch, sechs Stockwerke über dem Abgrund...

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    • L'universo nei tuoi occhi

    • By: Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated by: Chiara Francese, Andrea Beltramo
    • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
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    Affascinante. Divertente. Distaccato. Ecco le tre parole d'ordine di Jack Masselin, sedici anni e un segreto ben custodito. Jack non riesce...

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    • Raccontami di un giorno perfetto

    • By: Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated by: Paolo Calabrese, Erica Laiolo
    • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
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    È una gelida mattina di gennaio quella in cui Theodore Finch decide di salire sulla torre campanaria della scuola per capire come ci si...

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