CAN ONE LITTLE KISS FROM A WORLD FAMOUS HERO OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION CHANGE EVERYTHING? Now available in print, digital, and audio editions.1st Place Winner (Historical Fiction) Purple Dragonfly Book Awards; Gold Medalist (Middle School/Historical Fiction) Literary Classics Award; Bronze Medalist (Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction) eLit Awards; Finalist, (Young Adult) Red City Book Awards; Finalist, (Historical Fiction) Red City Book Awards; Quarter Finalist (Middle Grade) Booklife Prize; Finalist (Young Adult) Book Excellence Awards. Also named on the Grateful American Kids website as one of the best history book for kids to read. Clever young Clara Hargraves has a couple of big problems: a new stepmother, formerly her old maid schoolteacher aunt, who keeps trying to make Clara behave like a lady and her red hair, which means she is constantly teased, especially by an older boy, Dickon, and her beautiful cousin, Hetty. During the last week of June, 1825, Clara's small New Hampshire town is buzzing about the upcoming visit to the state by the Revolutionary War hero, General Lafayette. Could an unexpected playful kiss from a charming, world-famous Frenchman change Clara's life forever?
Dorothea Jensen is proud to be one of a very few people who has boarded a pirate ship and attacked a Viking vessel manned by real Vikings wearing horns and furs. She was born in Boston, but grew up in Chillicothe, Illinois, site of the Viking adventure. She then earned a BA in English from Carleton College and an MA in Secondary Education from the University of New Mexico. She has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South America, taught middle and high school English, tutored refugees in ESL, written grant proposals for various arts organizations, written a play performed in Noh style, and raised three children.
Her first historical novel for young readers, THE RIDDLE OF PENNCROFT FARM, has been used in classrooms for many years as an enrichment resource for kids studying the American Revolution. Her next novel, A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE, is set in 1825 in the small town in New Hampshire where she has lived since 1991.
Dorothea also writes modern Christmas stories in verse. Modeled on the 19th century classic poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas", these award-winning Santa's Izzy Elves story poems feature decidedly 21st century elves savvy in modern technology.
Ever since I started reading about Lafayette (23 years ago), I have had couplets popping up in my head about him. After HAMILTON's huge success (not to mention THE MIDNIGHT RIDE OF PAUL REVERE by Longfellow) the couplets won. I have written a new short history of Lafayette's service in our country in rhyme. I'm hoping it will be out in May, but more about that later. In any case, You can see how this BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE excerpt (from the Afterward) is poetically restated in the beginning of the new book (called Liberty-Loving Lafayette: How "America's Favorite Fighting Frenchman" Helped Win Our Independence): So, listen up, my children, and I'll do my best to tell/
How a teenaged French aristocrat served all of us so well./
Without his help, we might have lost our fight for liberty/
And we’d still be lowly subjects of the British monarchy!
A Buss from Lafayette
Without Major General Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette, there would be no United States. It is really as simple as that. I wrote this story to give young readers a better idea of who he was and what he did for America.