SOMETIMES ONE LITTLE KISS CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING, ESPECIALLY ONE FROM A WORLD FAMOUS HERO OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION! Now available in print, digital, and audio editions.
Gold Medalist (Middle School/Historical Fiction) Literary Classics Award; 1st Place Winner (Historical Fiction) Purple Dragonfly Book Awards; Bronze Medalist (Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction) eLit 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. First of all, she has a new stepmother, formerly her old maid schoolteacher aunt, who keeps trying to make Clara behave like a lady. Secondly, she has 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 was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in Chillicothe, Illinois. She majored in English at Carleton College and earned an MA in Secondary Education at 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, and written grant proposals for various arts organizations
Her first historical novel for young readers, THE RIDDLE OF PENNCROFT FARM, was named an IRA Teachers' Choice Selection soon after publication. It has been used as an enrichment resource in classrooms all over the U.S. for many years.
Dorothea's second such novel, A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE, is set in 1825 in the small town in New Hampshire where she has lived since 1991. It has won a number of awards, detailed in its book description on this site.
Dorothea is working on a new story set in 17th century Massachusetts called A SCALP ON THE MOON.
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.
HAMILTON lovers will know that Lafayette went back to France in the middle of the war, as told in the song "Guns and Ships:. Here's how Lin Manuel tells it:
[LAFAYETTE] I go to France for more funds [COMPANY] Lafayette! [LAFAYETTE]
I come back with more Guns
And ships And so the balance shifts. HERE'S HOW I WROTE ABOUT THIS IN RHYME: This episode, however, showed we needed something more/To fix up the alliance to ensure we'd win the war/.So Lafayette sailed back to France and hounded King and court/To send more soldiers and more ships to beef up French support/.And in the end, France doubled down against the British foe:/It sent more troops and ships and guns, and also Rochambeau.
A Buss from Lafayette
He got permission to return to France to try and get more ships and soldiers to help the Americans, and he succeeded. He was able to return and tell Washington that six thousand more troops under Rochambeau, the French general, were on the way. I know I said the other night that Lafayette did not actually win any major battles, but getting support from the French and making the alliance work? That was a major battle in itself!”