Dorothea Jensen’s All Lafayette Site!

Welcome to the website featuring all three
Lafayette titles by Dorothea Jensen!



Here’s the Latest News!

11/7/20 Liberty-Loving Lafayette remains on the Amazon bestseller list in these categories:

Liberty-Loving Lafayette
was selected as a finalist in the 2020 Independent Authors Network “Book of the Year” Award. This was in two categories: “Young Adult Non-Fiction,” and “History Non-Fiction.”

Liberty-Loving Lafayette was also #1 (paperback) and #2 (hardcover) in the Amazon Hot New Release list in its category for 4 weeks after it came out.


Liberty-Loving Lafayette is #1 in New Releases in the Teen US History Colonial and Revolution Periods today Amazon! (July 15, 2020: its release day)

If video does not play properly on your device, try the Vimeo link below!

VIMEO LINK: Liberty-Loving Lafayette Intro

(Scroll down for Pandemic Productions: Author Readaloud Videos, Chapters 1-9 A Buss from Lafayette.)

Award-winning historical novel for middle graders/ young adults, set during General Lafayette’s 1824-5 Farewell Tour.

A complete teacher’s guide (with answers) for using A Buss from Lafayette to help young readers learn about the crucial role played by Lafayette and the French Alliance in our fight for independence.

An ode to the Great Lafayette:
Coming July 14, 2020

Pandemic Productions!

Like the rest of the world, I am trapped in my home for The Duration, so I decided to post “readaloud” videos of the first nine chapters of A Buss from Lafayette.

If the following videos below do not work on your devices, follow the link below each one to watch it directly on Vimeo.

Vimeo Link: A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE, Pre-Reading Questions Chapters 1-4 

Vimeo Link: A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE Beginning: Tuesday, June 21, 1825

Vimeo Link: A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE, Chapter 1

Vimeo Link: A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE, Chapter 2

Vimeo Link: A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE, Chapter 3

Vimeo Link: A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE, Chapter 4



A Buss from Lafayette, Pre-Reading Questions, Chapters 5-9 

Vimeo Link: A Buss from Lafayette, Chapter 5

Vimeo Link: A Buss from Lafayette, Chapter 6

Vimeo Link: A Buss from Lafayette, Chapter 7

Vimeo Link: A Buss from Lafayette, Chapter 8

Vimeo Link: A Buss from Lafayette, Chapter 9





Another Award!

I’m happy to announce that A Buss from Lafayette just won first place in the Young Adult category of the 2019 Red City Review Book Awards. (By the way, I won first place in the 2014 Red City Book Awards in the Children/Young Adult category for Frizzy, the S.A.D. Elf.


I happened across this recent announcement. I’d love to go see this, if we’re ever able to travel again!

 In December 2019, I had the pleasure of accompanying Julian Icher, Founder and Executive Director of The Lafayette Trail to a meeting at the New Hampshire DOT in Concord. The subject under discussion was the installation of markers in New Hampshire at  key points on Lafayette’s journey through the state during his Farewell Tour of 1824-5. On the screen behind me, the long covered bridge at Cornish, NH, is pictured.

In September, 2019, during a quick visit to Paris, I kept an eye out for references to Lafayette in his nation’s capital, with the understanding that the Frenchman so pivotal in our own nation’s history is less than revered in his own country.  (Apparently he was loathed by both ends of the political spectrum during the French Revolution because he advocated following a middle path: keeping the monarchy but putting controls on it as per England’s parliament.

Still, I did find his name engraved inside the Arc de Triomphe along with other generals from the French Revolution.

Vive Lafayette!

I also spotted a few signs and streets  named after ‘Our Marquis” (as the Continental soldiers called him). Here are a couple of pix taken out the window of a fast-moving Parisian taxi.

Yesterday it was my great honor to be part of the Lafayette Day program at the New Hampshire State House in Concord. I sang two songs. The first, “Lafayette, We Hear You Singing” was written in 1918. It is similar in spirit to “Over There” in which “The Yanks are coming. . .”, but this  song  has special reference to the debt we owe France because of Lafayette. The second song was one in which New Hampshire was referred to as the Granite State for the first time. It was composed to honor Lafayette when he visited Concord on June 22, 1825. I also gave a short talk about A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE, and read an excerpt describing the famous Revolutionary War hero’s reception on that day. I loved that I was speaking in the NH House of Representatives Chamber, where Lafayette himself spoke on the occasion I was reading about. Also, it was fun to sing the second song only a few feet from where it was originally performed nearly 200 years ago!

Thanks to Virginia Eskin for playing the piano at this historic event!


I just created a couple of extremely short videos (less than 30 seconds)  introducing

A Buss from Lafayette and its Teacher’s Guide!