Educational Material: Classroom Guide
A complete "lesson plan" for using A Buss from Lafayette
in 6-9 grade classrooms!
Illustrated Christmas Stories in Verse
This Christmas tale in verse celebrates the power of children's imaginations and the magic of books.
What happens back at the North Pole when Blizzy discovers that Tizzy is missing on Christmas morning?
Dizzy the elf, Tizzy's best friend, finds all the adventure he wants (and more) when he hides in the back of Santa's sleigh!
Frizzy tries to cure her S.A.D. (Seasonal Affection Distress) by making something new (and "yuck") that she won't miss when Santa takes it away for delivery on Christmas Eve.
Historical Fiction for Young Readers
In 1825, Lafayette comes to New Hampshire as part of his "triumphal tour" and affects the life of a young girl in unforeseen ways.
"The American Revolution comes alive... A wonderful book that melds both past and present together... "
Regency Romantic Comedy
ôSplendid and sophisticated Regency romance...fun to read...fine characterization and period dialogue."
LINKS TO DOROTHEA'S NON-ELF SITES
Dorothea's Bublish Page
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A Buss from Lafayette Website
Background information about the story, pictures, and more!
A Buss from Lafayette Facebook Page
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Riddle of Penncroft Farm Facebook Page
See pictures, background info, and reviews of Deedy's first historical novel for kids!
Dorothea's Official Writing Facebook Home
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Dorothea Jensen's YouTube Channel
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Dorothea's Non-Elf Tweets
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Dorothea Jensen's Non Elf Blog
My thoughts on stories I write that are NOT about anyone with pointy ears!
Pinterest Boards for My Historical Fiction
Fun pix that "illustrate" bits of The Riddle of Penncroft Farm, A Buss from Lafayette, and A Scalp on the Moon
Santa's Izzy Elves Facebook Page
Late Breaking Info about the Izzies...
Santa's Izzy Elves Website
The Izzies are building their own website. Take a look!
Izzy Elf Blog
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The Izzy Elves tweet what's on their minds!
Izzy Elves Pinterest Board
Lots of pix featuring the Izzies!
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A Buss from Lafayette
was the Literary Classics gold medalist in the Middle School Historical Fiction category.
A Buss from Lafayette
is a finalist for the Literary Classics Book Awards.
A Buss from Lafayette
won First Place in the 2017 Purple Dragonfly Children's Book Awards historical fiction category.
Literary Classics is pleased to announce that the book, A Buss from Lafayette
, by Dorothea Jensen, has been selected to receive the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. The CLC Seal of Approval is a designation reserved for those books which uphold the rigorous criteria set forth by the Literary Classics review committee, a team comprised of individuals with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design.
Check it out!
I recently learned that part of The Riddle of Penncroft Farm was enacted at Brandywine Battlefield,
exactly where it took place in my imagination. Such a thrill!
Woo hoo! Both The Riddle of Penncroft Farm and A Buss from Lafayette are listed among the "Best Historical Books for Kids to Read" on the Grateful American Kids website!
Here I am helping to lay a wreath on the Lafayette memorial on Boston Common on Lafayette Day, 2017!
Here I am reading Dizzy, the Stowaway Elf to an elfin audience on December 6!
(Making the elf hats was part of the fun.)
A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE TEACHER'S GUIDE coming soon from BQB Publishing
Written by Dorothea Jensen, M.A., and Sienna Larson, M.S., this guide is soon to be re-released as a paperback and e-book from BQB Publishing! This guide includes: bulletin board ideas, vocabulary exercises, varied handouts, puzzles and games, reading comprehension quizzes, discussion questions, individual and class project suggestions, cross-curricular activities (language arts, reading, social studies, mathematics, health and safety, art, music, dance, drama) and suggestions for real and virtual "field trips."
Topics covered include the American Revolution, Lafayette's role in our fight for independence, Lafayette's Farewell Tour in 1824-5, and everyday life and customs in rural America in the 1820s.
Booklife Prize in Fiction
A Buss from Lafayette was named one of the top ten Middle Grade novel entries in the Booklife Prize in Fiction competition!
At Lafayette School in Everett, MA, with John Kelly, dressed as a French soldier at the time of the Revolution, and Alan Hoffman, President of the American Friends of Lafayette.
Here I am with Alan Hoffman, President of the American Friends of Lafayette, before making speeches at Lafayette School, Everett, MA, on September 14.
On June 21, I was interviewed by Kevin Avard on the Gate City Chronicles television program. Great fun!
This link will take you to video excerpts of this television interview. Enjoy!
On Saturday, June 18, I signed books from at the Manchester Barnes and Noble store, 1741 South Willow Street Manchester, NH. My "Fiddlers Two", Sienna and Sara Larson, came with me to play tunes featured in the book, as well as other music from the era.
On Sunday, June 12, I was at the Nashua Barnes and Noble as part of the Teen Book Festival at the Barnes & Noble in Nashua, NH, 235 Daniel Webster Hwy, Nashua, NH. Thanks for the invitation to participate! (Copies of Buss still available at both these stores, BTW.)
Here I am wearing a dress in the style of 1825, when A Buss from Lafayette takes place! This gown was created by costumer Gay Bean.
NEW! WEMF Radio Interview
Interview with Max Bowen and Gina House on the Citywide Blackout program
NEW! A Reading Guide for The Riddle of Penncroft Farm
A 20th century curriculum guide for Riddle now beamed into the 21st century!
NEW! Downloadable Reading Guide
Click on the link above to download a reading guide for A Buss from Lafayette
A Buss from Lafayette Trailer
A brand new trailer for a brand new story!
The Riddle of Penncroft Farm Trailer
A new trailer for a classic novel for young readers!
You are invited to check out video blogs via the Social and Other Media tab above.
A Buss from Lafayette was the gold medalist in the 2017 Literary Classics Book Awards, middle school/historical fiction category.
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A Buss from Lafayette won the bronze in the Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction category of the 2017 eLit Awards!
A Buss from Lafayette earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval!
A Buss from Lafayette was a quarter-finalist for the 2016 Booklife Prize in Fiction, placing it among the top ten entries in the middle grade category!
The Riddle of Penncroft Farm won 1st place in the Historical Fiction category of the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, 25 years after its original publication!
The Riddle of Penncroft Farm was an International Reading Association Teachers' Choice Selection soon after its original publication in 1989.
The original hardcover Riddle with its Jeannette Fair Award Sticker
Before publication, The Riddle of Penncroft Farm won the Children's Literature Competition in the 8-12 year old category at the Loft Literary Center in Minnesota.
The e-book editions of Tizzy, the Christmas Shelf Elf and Blizzy, the Worrywart Elf both received the prestigious Mom's Choice Award, in the Juvenile Level I (Ages 5-8 Years), honoring "the best in family-friendly media."
Dizzy, the Stowaway Elf has been Story Monster Approved! The Story Monster Approved program recognizes accomplished authors in the field of children's literature, as determined by panels of both adult and child judges.
Dizzy, the Stowaway Elf received Honorable Mention in the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, in the Picture Book for 6 and Older Category. .