SOMETIMES A LITTLE KISS CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING, ESPECIALLY ONE FROM A WORLD-FAMOUS HERO OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION! Gold Medalist, Middle School/Historical Fiction, 2017 Literary Classics Awards; 1st Place Winner, Historical Fiction, 2017 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards; Bronze Medalist, Juvenile/Young Adult, 2017 eLit Awards; Finalist, Young Adult, Book Excellence Awards. Also among the top ten middle grade fiction entries for the Booklife Prize, and named as one of the best history book for kids to read on the Grateful American Kids website. In June, 1825, everyone around spirited young Clara Hargraves is thrilled because the world-famous American Revolution hero, General Lafayette, is about to visit New Hampshire on his “Farewell Tour.” In one event-filled week, what Clara learns about her family, her friends, and Lafayette himself, profoundly changes her life. "Clara carries the story with the strength of her personality, humorous observations, and seemingly timeless adolescent woes. . .will entertain readers as young as 4th grade while older students will appreciate a teenager's perspective" - KidStuff Magazine. "A full-scale history lesson disguised as a can't put it down story." - I Read What You Write Blog.
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.
"On the western bank of the brook running from Chase's tannery was formerly a large rock, cleft in such a manner as, by the assistance of a little mechanical contrivance, to be able to afford considerable space for shelter. This rock was said to have been a favorite winter resort of some of the [Penacook] Indians inhabiting this vicinity. The eastern aspect of the spot, the sheltered valley, and the proximity of the running brook conspired to make the selection a desirable haunt in the extreme weather of winter." - Charles Lord, LIFE AND TIMES IN HOPKINTON I decided to leave out the fact that there was a tannery near where Clara has stopped to refresh herself (and Feather). I'm pretty sure that tanneries smelled awful, and i didn't want to pollute the air my girl was breathing!
A Buss from Lafayette
Just before reaching the slight incline leading up to the village, I stopped at Dolloff’s Brook and dismounted. While Feather drank her fill from the burbling stream, I took off my bonnet and splashed water on my face and hair. As I did every time I stopped there, I peered into the thick woods, trying to spot the large cleft rock where there had once been an Indian camp, many, many years before. I am certain that the girls who lived there did not have to ride on a sidesaddle, or wear bonnets or hard leather shoes, I thought.