Author Dorothea Jensen brings American history to life in her award-winning historical fiction novels and rhyming historical nonfiction for young readers. Paperback, e-book, and audiobook editions are available through,,, etc. They can also be ordered through any bookstore. Autographed copies are for sale directly from the author through her website. Please note: the direct buy links for specific editions below earn the author a small percentage as an Amazon Associate.


Liberty-Loving Lafayette: How “America’s Favorite Fighting Frenchman” Helped Win Our Independence

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Inspired by the Broadway hit, HAMILTON, and by Longfellow's "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere," Jensen wrote this short rhyming narrative about the Marquis de Lafayette and his crucial role in our Revolutionary War. Classic pictures, a glossary, and extensive endnotes supply further information about the historical figures and events mentioned in the poem. This playful rhyming narrative is aimed at young and older adults, as well as middle schoolers and is perfect for classroom and other performances.

“A quotation from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton serves this book both as an epigraph and a tip of the hat to that production’s engaging, modernized portrayal of Lafayette, ‘America’s favorite fighting Frenchman.’ Jensen. . .provides a similarly fresh take on . . . Lafayette. . .” —Kirkus Reviews

“The lighthearted storytelling still underscores the subject’s significance. . . Jensen proves scrupulous in keeping the text factual, digging into the political realities. . .and her detailed end notes offer concise explanations. . .Young history buffs will enjoy the rhyming text and historical art in this lively biography of the French hero of the American Revolution.”—Booklife Reviews



A Buss from Lafayette

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In 1825 New Hampshire, clever young Clara Hargraves has a couple of big problems. First her stepmother (formerly her spinster aunt) insists she act like a lady. Second, she has red hair, which makes her a target for teasing. Could a chance meeting and an unexpected playful kiss (called a “buss” at that time) from the world-famous, and still very charming Revolutionary War hero, Major General Lafayette, help Clara find her place in the world?

"A winning historical tale that may appeal to young fans of the musical Hamilton."            —Kirkus Reviews

"The story is clever, emotionally poignant, educational, and entertaining. It is also wholesome and historically significant." —Five Star Publications


The Riddle of Penncroft Farm

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A 12-year-old boy faces a crucial modern day mystery, and a fascinating new friend's ghostly tales of the American Revolution may be his only chance of solving it.

"Jensen gives readers two terrific stories that are intertwined nicely and come together in a satisfying conclusion. Not only is the history presented in an interesting and painless manner, but also readers should come away eager to read more about this period." —School Library Journal

"The well-researched historical episodes. . .move quickly; present-day events hold attention with the gradual unraveling of several mysteries...brings the past to life. . ."–Kirkus Children's/Young Adult


A Buss from Lafayette Teacher’s Guide

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This is a complete cross-curricular guide for using A Buss from Lafayette in the school or home classroom. It includes a full answer key and a link to downloadable, printable classroom handouts. The main topics covered are the American Revolution, Lafayette's role in our War of Independence, the French Alliance, Lafayette's Farewell Tour of the United States in 1824-5, and everyday life and customs in early 19th century America.

“. . .a great resource for a unit study of the revolutionary war. It includes a wide variety of activities in language arts, American history, mathematics, and the arts. I really appreciate an organized and comprehensive study guide like this!” —B. Heikkinen, Homeschool Mom