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 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.
At the end of last year, somehow A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE disappeared from Bublish. So did MANY of the "hits" on bits from the story which about which I had written over the previous several years. My total count for all my books suddenly went from 130,000 to 40,000 hits. I re-posted BUSS and started writing. About 40 of my former "Bubbles" were recovered by Bublish (thank you) and sent to me, but none of the rest of 'em got back to me. I am now happy to tell you that my total of hits on this website is now OVER 130,000 (131,000 as of today). If I add back in the 90,000 +/- that I lost, this means you people out there have clicked on and read what I have written about BUSS et al something like 220,000 times! Thanks to all of you for visiting. (It's great to be back.) Woo hoo! Cheers, Dorothea
A Buss from Lafayette
Now all I have is a stepmother who calls me a hoyden, and certain persons—Dickon Weeks and my dread cousin Hetty especially—who call me “carroty pate” and“pumpkin head” and other horrid names. It all seems dreadfully unfair. No one else in my family is cursed with this color! My father and brother have handsome chestnut-brown hair, and Mother had blonde hair like spun gold out of the Rumpelstiltskin story. I loved helping her brush it every night, when she grew too weak to do it herself.