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Author Dorothea Jensen

This website provides basic information about the books I write, but also contains detailed resources for interested readers, students, and teachers.


Each book has a page featuring its cover, synopsis, buy links, honors, and reviews, as well as links to addtional pages with pictures and videos about that title. You can reach the book's page by clicking the title on the Works column (to the right or below), or via the Works tab above.


To ask me questions, make comments, order an autographed book or book bundle, schedule a speech, or request an electronic visit with a class that has read one of my books, use the contact page tabbed above, or write me directly at the following e-mail address:



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Historical Fiction

for middle graders/young adults 


Educational Material

for using historical fiction in the classroom


Historical Non-Fiction

in prose and verse


lllustrated Modern Christmas Stories In Verse

(homage to "A Visit by St. Nicholas")

with Santa's high tech Izzy Elves

for kids aged 5+


On Wednesday, May 5, at 2 P.M. there will be a dedication ceremony for the new marker commemorating Lafayette's stop in Hopkinton, New Hampshire on June 27, 1825. This has been a goal of mine ever since I learned about this historic event nearly 25 years ago, and saw the old marker in the village which had the wrong date on it! (See below.) Learn more at

A Few Highlights from a wonderful Kirkus Review of

Liberty-Loving Lafayette


". . .celebrates the contributions of Marquis de Lafayette to the American Revolution in rhyming verse.


A quotation from Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical Hamilton serves this book both as an epigraph and a tip of the hat to to that production's engaging, modernized portrayal of Lafayette, "America's favorite fighting Frenchman."


Jensen provides a similarly fresh take on Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier de Lafayette and his career. . .


Jensen's deft rhymes and meters generally work well throughout. . .

While enjoyable on its own, the book is a useful resource with its historical paintings, glossary, bibliography, and endnotes. These are clear, informative, and full of intriguing tidbits. . .


The verse also has performance potential for educational events.


A well-written, multipurpose war-hero story that's both entertaining and instructive" —Kirkus Reviews     


(Read the full review on the Liberty-Loving Lafayette page here.)                                                                           







"In engaging rhyming verse...Jensen details how the French marquis wound up in the American colonies and got caught up in the war.


The lighthearted storytelling still underscores the subject's significance. . .


This narrative is meant to be read aloud—and would be a valuable companion for classrooms —showcasing its enjoyable blend of history and rhythm.


Jensen proves scrupulous in keeping the text factual, digging into the political realities. . .


Takeaway: Young history buffs will enjoy the rhyming text and historical art in this lively biography of the French hero of the American Revolution."—Booklife


(Read the full review on the Liberty-Loving Lafayette page here.)


A terrific Liberty-Loving Lafayette endorsement from the Midwest Book Review!

Beautifully illustrated throughout, "Liberty-Loving Lafayette: How 'America's Favorite Fighting Frenchman' Helped Win Our Independence" is a unique, informative, and unreservedly recommended addition to middle school, high school, and community library American Revolution history collections for young readers ages 13-18 in general, and Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette supplemental curriculum studies reading lists in particular. —Midwest Book Review

Having written three books about Major General Lafayette, I am naturally interested in the effort to mark where he stopped during his Fabulous Farewell Tour of 1824-5.  I've been having fun participating in dedications of The Lafayette Trail's historical markers. Here I am with Julien Icher, the young Frenchman who founded and runs The Lafayette Trail, at the dedication of the marker in Claremont, New Hampshire.


I am a member of the board for this non-profit entity. (Donations are always welcome!) The blue link above with take you to the website to learn more about it.

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In December, I spoke on an American Friends of Lafayette Zoom panel about using Lafayette as a historical character in fiction.
Excerpts will soon be posted.