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Title: A Buss From Lafayette
Author: Dorothea Jensen
Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult Historical Fiction
Recommended Ages: 10-17
Number o f Pages: 266
Publisher: BQB Publishing
Publication Date: April 22, 2016
Synopsis: Fourteen-year-old Clara Hargraves lives on a farm in Hopkinton, a small New Hampshire town, during the early 19th cen tury. She has a couple of big problems. First of all, she has a stepmother , Priscilla, who used to be her spinster schoolteacher aunt. Clara resents that her late mother ’ s older sister has not only married her father but is about to have a baby. To make mat ters worse, “ Prissy Priscilla ” keeps trying to make the rambunctious, clever, and witty Clar a act like a proper young lady. Secondly, Clara has red hair, making her a target for teasing by a handsome older boy, Dickon Weeks, and by her pretty seventeen-year-old Dr ead Cousin Hetty. Clara, however, has a secret plan she hopes will change this. Duri ng the last week of June, 1825, Clara ’ s town is abuzz because the famous General Lafayette is about to visit their state during his farewell tour of America. In those eventful seve n days, Clara learns a lot about her family, Hetty, Dickon, herself, and about Lafayette. S he comes to understand the huge and vital role the young French aristocrat played in Am erica ’ s Revolutionary War and to see that her problems might not be quite so terrible aft er all.

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About the Author: Dorothea Jensen

Dorothea Jensen, born in Boston, Massachusetts, grew up in C hillicothe, Illinois. She majored in English literature at Carleton College. After teaching high-school English and serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Brazil, she earne d a master s degree in education at the University of New Mexico. In 1989, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich published Dorothea s novel for young readers about the American Revolution, The Riddle of Penncroft Farm. In addition to other honors, it was named an Internation al Reading Association Teacher s Choices Selection and is read in classrooms throughout th e U.S. A Buss from Lafayette is set in the small New Hampshire town where Dorothea lives. Two thing s inspired her to write this story. First, was learning that Lafayette pass ed right by her house during his 1824-5 Triumphal Tour. Another was meeting a woman whose a ncestor received a kiss from Lafayette. That buss, passed down through generations, eventually came to Dorothea. This sparked her interest in Lafayette s contrib utions to our struggle for independence. Dorothea also enjoys writing rhyming verse. She has written a series of award-winning illustrated modern Christmas stories in verse fe aturing Santa's Izzy Elves.

For more information about Dorothea and her books, please visit

Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card
 or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner's choice Giveaway ends: May 2, 11:59 pm, 2016 Open to: Internationally How to enter:  Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WI N. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn t hrough the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the wi nner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Fa cebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Dorothea Jensen and is hosted and ma naged by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to


  1. Dorothea has an interesting past herself and the book sounds very intriguing. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I enjoy books from the Revolutionary War. It'll be cool to see how Clara realizes Lafayette's role in the war. Thanks for the giveaway and the review!
    - Vi

  3. Thank you for joining A Buss From Lafayette blog tour!

  4. This is wonderful. I just read about Thomas Jefferson and Lafayette's friendship. Thank you for the post and giveaway chance.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  5. This is wonderful. I just read about Thomas Jefferson and Lafayette's friendship. Thank you for the post and giveaway chance.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com