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 (Young Adults) Red City Review Book Awards; 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, (Historical Fiction) Red City Book Awards; Quarter Finalist (Middle Grade) Booklife Prize. 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 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.
Here the rhyming version from my forthcoming book, Liberty-Loving Lafayette: They sent him off to England so that he would change his mind/Where he met King George and Clinton and was richly wined and dined.I included an end note about that: In an effort to change Lafayette’s mind about helping America in its fight for independence, his rich and powerful father-in-law, the Duc d’Ayen, sent him to visit England. As the Duc’s uncle was the French ambassador in London, Lafayette’s participation in the American war could cause personal and political embarrassment for the family. At any rate, while there, the young marquis was presented to King George III himself. He also went to the opera with General Henry Clinton, later the commander-in-chief of all British forces in America (from 1778 until 1782). (Lafayette was also the guest of honor at a ball given by Lord George Germain, British Secretary for the Colonies.)
A Buss from Lafayette
His father-in-law, an extremely powerful aristocrat, had not wanted him to go to America, so sent Lafayette off to England, hoping to change his mind. During his brief visit there, Lafayette had met the English king, George the Third, as well as General Clinton, who later was the commander of all the British forces fighting against us in the War of Independence