A Buss From Lafayette is a work of historical fiction. That means that the made-up part of the story is set in the distant past. This requires thorough research by the author to make sure the historic details are accurate. In this story, the author has built the fictional story of Clara around the actual events of General Lafayette’s Farewell Tour.
In the Afterward, Dorothea Jensen spells out what events actually happened in A Buss From Lafayette and what parts are fictional. Choose three incidents from the story and decide what details of each incident are historic fact and which are fiction. Think about how the author merged true events with fictional characters, and explain whether or not you think this was effective and convincing in the incidents you selected.
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