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A Buss from Lafayette by Dorothea Jensen
Synopsis per Goodreads
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A True Act of Character
Clara – 14 year old main character; clever as a whip; suffers teasing for her read hair; resentful of her aunt becoming her stepmother
Joss – Clara’s older brother; a jester and jokester; dislikes having to help Clara with chores
Priscilla – Joss and Clara’s aunt-now-stepmother; very pregnant; wants Clara to be a proper lady
Father – supportive of Priscilla; kind and gentle type
Dickon Weeks – the older boy who teases Clara incessantly
Hetty – Clara’s mean, snotty, snobby cousin; she loves any opportunity to put Clara down
Lafayette – a kind, chubby man who saved the nation; he is back in the States for his farewell tour
A Buss From Lafayette was so different than I anticipated. Never dull nor dragging, this historical fiction was a complete delight to read!
The Story unfolds on Clara’s fourteenth birthday. She was so angry not even her father remembered. If her mother were alive she would have remembered. This is just one reason she did not have high esteem for her former school teacher -pregnant – aunt who was so different from her mother. Still grieving over her mother’s death and angry that her father married her mother’s sister just one week after her mother’s death, Clara was full of resentment and feelings of rebelliousness.
Although Clara appeared to be introverted, this unruly young woman held strong opinions and determination within herself. She refused as much as possible to be the “proper young woman “Prissy” tried to make her into. She had “pumpkin head” red hair which brought her much grief and she would do almost anything to get rid of it. Why could she not have chestnut colored hair like her father and brother or blond like her mother and aunt?
Clara has many plans and is unnaturally interested in news events. During the course of events which unfold during the next few weeks, Clara makes new discoveries about herself, her family, and the famous General Lafayette. She becomes aware that life isn’t all that it seems and discovers strengths within herself she never knew were there.
Many points were brought up – some factual, some fictional – which causes the reader to reflect and contemplate self, life, historical events.
At first I felt the Book Cover and title were not the best, but after reading the story, they were a great fit and eye-catching enough to entice the “browser”. The characters were so rel. one felt as though he/she were there associating with them. The Scenes were equally portrayed and drew the reader into the story plot.
A great book for family/book club reading. Older elementary age will surely enjoy this book!
This earns a Five Stars rating.
*I was gifted this book, but that does not affect this honest review in any way.
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Dorothea Jensen, born in Boston, MA, grew up in Chillicothe, IL, the same little town where Zorro’s creator was raised. She earned a BA in English at Carleton College, taught high school English, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Brazil, and received an MA in Education at the University of New Mexico. In 1989, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich published Dorothea’s award-winning novel for young readers about the American Revolution, THE RIDDLE OF PENNCROFT FARM. Her new novel, A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE, set in 1825 in her New Hampshire town, was released by BQB Publishing on April 22, 2016. (Dorothea has also written a guide for using this book in the classroom.) Besides historical fiction, Dorothea has written a series of award-winning illustrated modern Christmas stories in verse. These feature Santa’s Izzy Elves (Tizzy, Blizzy, Dizzy, Frizzy, Quizzy, Fizzy, Bizzy and Whizzy) who are all extremely savvy in 21st century technology. In addition to being a writer, Dorothea is an experienced actress/singer who played many Gilbert and Sullivan battle axe contralto and ingénue mezzo roles. She also performed in a baroque opera company. (She usually lost the hero to the soprano.)