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About Dorothea Jensen
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 second historical novel, A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE, is set during General Lafayette's Farewell Tour of America (1824-5) in the small town in New Hampshire where she has lived since 1991. She also co-authored a teacher's guide for using A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE to help students understand the major role played by Lafayette, the French Alliance and other facts about the Revolutionary War.
Dorothea also writes modern Christmas stories in verse. Modeled on the 19th century classic poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas", these award-winning illustrated story poems feature decidedly 21st century elves savvy in modern technology. Four have been published: TIZZY, THE CHIRSTMAS SHELF ELF; BLIZZY, THE WORRYWART ELF; DIZZY, THE STOWAWAY ELF; AND FRIZZY, THE S.A.D. ELF. The fifth, BIZZY, THE BOSSY BOOTS ELFf, will be released in 2020.
Also in 2020, Dorothea combined her knowledge of history and delight in versitying to write LIBERTY-LOVING LAFAYETTE: HOW "AMERICA'S FAVORITE FIGHTING FRENCHMAN HELPED WIN OUR INDEPENDENCE. This playful rhyming narrative covers what Hamilton left out about Lafayette!
In addition to writing, Dorothea is an experienced actress and singer. She performed with the Ex Machina Baroque Opera Company in Minneapolis, and also played most of the Gilbert and Sullivan battle-ax contralto and ingenue mezzo roles with companies in Philadelphia and Minneapolis. She usually lost the hero to the soprano.
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". . .a perfect example of how a writer can make history/learning history fun. . .the accompanying art is wonderful"—David Bruce Smith, author of Abigail and John, founder of the Grateful American Foundation, and co-founder of the Grateful American Book Prize
"An ode to the great Lafayette, beautifully told and richly illustrated..." —Alan R. Hoffman, Translator, Lafayette in America in 1824 and 1825: Journal of a Voyage to the United States, and President, The American Friends of Lafayette.
"A great addition to the [Lafayette] canon" —Diane Shaw, Director Emerita of Special Collections & College Archives, Lafayette College
"Dorothea Jensen brings Lafayette to life for all ages" —Chuck Schwam, Publisher, American Friends of Lafayette Gazette
Inspired by the Broadway hit, HAMILTON, and by Longfellow's "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere," author Dorothea Jensen wrote this short rhyming narrative about the Marquis de Lafayette and his crucial role in our Revolutionary War. A glossary and extensive endnotes supply further information about the historical figures and events mentioned in the poem. This playful historical account is aimed at middle schoolers, as well as young and older adults. It would be entertaining and educational to perform in a classroom or other settings, such as events celebrating the upcoming bicentennial of Lafayette's 1824-5 Farewell Tour of America.
A Few Things You Will Learn from this Book:
- Who the unlikely person was who inspired Lafayette to help America
- How Lafayette's powerful father-in-law tried to discourage his plan
- Why such a high rank was given to an inexperienced 19-year-old
- How Lafayette helped strengthen the crucial French Alliance
- What Lafayette's key successes were as a military commander in America
Jensen has previously written two historical novels for young readers (middle graders and young adults) about Lafayette and about the American Revolution. These are entitled A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE, and THE RIDDLE OF PENNCROFT FARM.
"Enjoy this heartwarming, entertaining, delightful, gentle love story..." - Affaire de Coeur
"Splendid and sophisticated Regency romance...fun to read...fine characterization and period dialogue." - Romantic Times
After the death of her father, Adriana Bancroft sets off to find her twin brother, Tate, missing in action in Portugal during the Napoleonic War. Disguising herself as a boy, she finds a position taking care of an unhappy young child, cousin and heir to Sir Nicholas Laidley. This attractive gentleman's enjoyment of "Adrian's" company is surpassed only by his disdain for women, especially the beauty who broke his heart as a young man. But Laidley is Adriana's only source of information about her missing brother, so how can she destroy their "friendship" by revealing her true identity? And how can she keep from falling in love with him?
"Top notch Regency...Fine touches of language and sentiment will impress you." - Romantic Times
"Thoroughly enjoyable." - Heart Line
Louisa Newcomb, still mourning the death of her beloved mother, is stunned when her wealthy father finds solace all too quickly by marrying an unspeakable woman with two beautiful daughters of her own. Louisa soon finds herself the "ungainly cuckoo in Drusilla Newcomb's well-feathered nest", a particularly painful position, especially when her stepsisters are courted by the fascinating Jason Fielding, the Earl of Ashbury. And when Louisa seeks to earn her own independent future by penning a novel satirizing her despicable step relations, she finds that she has unwittingly revealed her own heart to the man she loves.
"Top notch Regency...Fine touches of language and sentiment will impress you."-Romantic Times
Dorothea Sandham, trapped as an unpaid companion to her distant cousin, Miss Leticia Grayson, reluctantly goes along to pay an intrusive condolence call on a grieving young widower, Sir Tate Bancroft. Having lost his lovely Portuguese bride in childbirth, and having been goaded by the bullying of "Vicious Letitia", Tate proposes a marriage of convenience to Dorothea. She agrees, but only so that she might care for his infant daughter while he returns to to duty - and perhaps a deliberate death - in the struggle against Napoleon in the Iberian Peninsula. What starts as a marriage of convenience, however, turns quite inconvenient when Tate returns from Portugal with a gorgeous widow who is the image of his late wife, and finds Dorothea in the arms of a charming French count. But the widow and the count are not exactly what they seem, and when Dorothea and Tate work together on a dangerous rescue, they realize that their loveless marriage is also not exactly what it seems.
(This teacher's guide includes a link to downloadable, printable handouts for use in the classroom.)