Dorothea Jensen

An Award-Winning Author of Books for Young Readers

Selected Works

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
“Splendid and sophisticated Regency romance...fun to read...fine characterization and period dialogue."

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Works

A Buss from Lafayette Teacher's Guide


"A fantastic document any middle school teacher would love to use while expanding on the many aspects of this fiction/non-fiction youth book!" - Middle School Teacher and Principal


Tizzy, the Christmas Shelf Elf: Santa's Izzy Elves #1


Owen and Alex, two naughty little boys, sneak downstairs before dawn on Christmas morning. They open one of their gifts and find Tizzy, one of Santa’s elves, who was packed inside by mistake. Can they get him home to the Pole 1) before the big Elf Celebration and 2) before their parents come downstairs!

Blizzy, the Worrywart Elf: Santa's Izzy Elves #2


Blizzy, Tizzy's "favorite lass", is the only elf who notices that Tizzy is missing on Christmas morning. When she starts questioning all her friends about when they saw him last, and where Tizzy could possibly be, however, they think she is just being a "worrywart". What Blizzy REALLY is, however, is very, very clever, and she just might figure out the mystery!

Dizzy, the Stowaway Elf: Santa's Izzy Elves #3


Dizzy has worked all year next to his friend, Tizzy, and heard all about his Great Adventure. The trouble is, Dizzy wants to have an adventure, too! He sneaks aboard Santa's sleigh, and finds all the adventure he's dreamed of with two little boys, Stuart and Drake. They share a wild joy ride and plenty of fun in this third "Izzy Elves" story.

Frizzy, the S.A.D. Elf: Santa's Izzy Elves #4


Frizzy styles dollies’ hair, but misses them dreadfully when Santa takes them away on Christmas Eve. (She suffers from S.A.D.: Seasonal Affection Distress.) Frizzy decides she needs to start making something completely different (and "yuck"), but soon finds that her plan isn’t going to work out exactly as she intended!

A Buss from Lafayette


Clara Hargraves, 14, has a couple of big problems: she has a new stepmother (who used to be her old maid schoolteacher aunt) and she has red hair (which means she is constantly teased). During the last week of June, 1825, her small New Hampshire town is abuzz about the Revolutionary hero Lafayette's visit to the state. As a result, Clara just might find that her problems are not quite so terrible after all.

The Riddle of Penncroft Farm


The Riddle of Penncroft Farm was an International Reading Association Teachers' Choice Selection and a Jeanette Fair Award winner. It was also a Master List Selection for the William Allen White Children’s Book Award, the Rebecca Caudill Award, the Mark Twain Award, the South Carolina Children’s Book Award, the Hoosier Young Readers Award, and the Sunshine State Young Readers Award. The Riddle of Penncroft Farm also won 1st place in the Historical Fiction category of the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, 25 years after its original publication!

The Catherine Moorhouse Regency Trilogy


"Wonderfully involving Regency saga...these complex plot machinations, the richness of the writing and the fullness of the characters are sure to leave readers for whom sex and violence are not the sine qua non eagerly awaiting the...volumes of this trilogy."


Selected Honors


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 Picture Book for 6 and Older category in the the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards .



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.

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.