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.
I have been trying to come up with the perfect phrase to explain what this rhyming history actually offers Hamilton fans. I think I finally found it: FIND OUT WHAT HAMILTON LEFT OUT! Here is an example of what I mean by this. This couplet reveals that this charming young Frenchman who ended up playing a major role in our Revolution was NOT welcomed with open arms. Here is a description of how he and his fellow officers were greeted in Philly. After they were dismissed as adventurers they "were just left open-mouthed on Chestnut Street, fifteen French officers who had risked an ocean crossing and spent the worst three months of their lives for the pleasure of this moment."
Gaines, James R. R.. For Liberty and Glory: Washington, Lafayette, and Their Revolutions (Kindle Locations 1178-1180). Norton. Kindle Edition.
Liberty-Loving Lafayette: How
When he arrived in Philly, though, despite his famous charms,