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.
Like Clara, I always loved school and even enjoyed schoolroom sounds like chalk scritching on a blackboard. The special pencils used on slate tablets sounded very similar to this.(I know because I bought one at Williamsburg last summer.) In a time when paper was relatively expensive, students did much of their classwork on their individual slate tablets.
A Buss from Lafayette
I liked everything about school, right down to the sound of the pencils scritching on our slate tablets. Most of all, however, I loved hearing the teacher read stories and fairy tales to us aloud. Even the more youthful fare read aloud in the classroom seemed to transport me right out of Hopkinton and into more exciting times and places. Not all the stories the teachers read had been so enjoyable, however. One in particular, a sickening story named Goody Two Shoes, had a heroine so sweet and, yes, so extraordinarily good that she could give real girls the toothache faster than the hard peppermint candy in Mr. Towne’s glass jars. Goody Two Shoes was probably just the sort of person my stepmother wished me to be: the kind of person my cousin Hetty pretended to be when adults were around.