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.
Nearly every day I pass by the beautiful house in Hopkinton Village which belonged to Dr. Lerned. No one has lived in it for years, for some reason. There is still a granite hitchig post in front of it which I imagined Clara using when she was desperately seeking medical help for her stepmother. Even though I know this didn't really happen, I find myself greeting Dr. Lerned in my head whenever I see his home. At the time Lafayette stopped in Hopkinton (June 27, 1825) there was apparently beautiful French wallpaper in one of the rooms in this house. There is a tradition that Lafayette went to this house (across the street from the reception in front of Wiggins Tavern), perhaps to see this Palais Royal paper. For pictures of the house and this luxurious paper, visit: http://www.dorotheajensen.com/A_Buss_from_Lafayette_Pix.htm.
A Buss from Lafayette
Dr. Ebenezer Lerned was a well-respected doctor in Hopkinton. A graduate of Harvard and Dartmouth, he helped found Hopkinton Academy in 1826. There is a tradition in Hopkinton that he was a friend of Lafayette and that the General stopped at the Lerned home on his way through Hopkinton. Lerned was only thirteen years old or so at the start of the war, however, and I cannot find any reference to him in Revolutionary War records. (There was an Ebenezer Lerned who was a Brigadier General, but this was a much older man and not the good doctor.) On the other hand, Lerned was one of the men who briefly spoke at the Concord dinner for Lafayette.