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.
Pantaloons were tight-fitting trousers, sometimes with straps on the bottom to go under shoes or boots. For work, men and boys often wore breeches, that ended just below the knee. Before "breeching" - that is reaching the age to wear breeches - boys wore dresses very similar to those worn by girls."Toddler Louisa is in a white dress and pantalettes. If she
had a brother of the same age, he would also be garbed in a dress and pantalettes. Boys were "breeched" anytime between 2 and 4 years old in the early 19th century, probably once they no longer required diapers." - Lynn Bassett, "The Great Leap", Old Sturbridge Village. This way of dressing boys lasted until the 20th century: I have pictures of my father and his brothers wearing very girlish-looking dresses as toddlers in the 1920s.
A Buss from Lafayette
Dickon Weeks was standing on the bank, and yes, he did look far more dressed up than when I had seen him last, with a fine white linen shirt, a black silk cravat, and dark blue pantaloons. All his clothes were soaked, and water was dripping off his chin. Despite my embarrassment at being caught swimming in my underwear, however, I could not help grinning at the sight.