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.
Believe it or not, it was George III''s younger brother, Gloucester, who first told Lafayette about the American revolt. Gloucester totally disagreed with his royal brother about how to treat the American colonists. Lafayette himself said that this dinner conversation "enlisted his heart" in the American cause. (By the way, Liberty-Loving Lafayette has been #1 and/ or #2 among Amazon new releases in the Teen/Young Adult American History Colonial/Revolutionary period for more than a week! Woo hoo! It is also on the list of best-selling teen poetry.)
Liberty-Loving Lafayette: How
Young Lafayette had dinner with the British king’s bro,