A Buss From Lafayette Review + International Giveaway! (ends 12/19/16)

December 3, 2016


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A Buss from Lafayette by Dorothea Jensen

Paperback, 266 pagesa-buss
Published April 22nd 2016 by BQB Publishing
ISBN 1939371902 (ISBN13: 9781939371904)
Edition Language English

Synopsis per Goodreads

Fourteen-year-old Clara Hargraves lives on a farm in Hopkinton, a small New Hampshire town, during the 19th century. She has a couple of big problems. First of all, she has a stepmother, Priscilla, who used to be her spinster schoolteacher aunt. Clara, still grieving for her mother, resents that her late mother’s older sister has not only married her father but is about to have a baby. To make matters worse, “Prissy Priscilla” keeps trying to make the rambunctious, clever, and witty Clara 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 Dread Cousin Hetty. Clara, however, has a secret plan she hopes will change this.
During 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 seven days, Clara learns a lot about her family, Hetty, Dickon, and herself. In addition, she hears many stories from her family, neighbors, veterans, and from Lafayette himself. Through these tales, she comes to understand the huge and vital role the French aristocrat played in American’s Revolutionary War. She might also come to see that her own problems are not quite so terrible after all.
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A True Act of Character

The Players

Clara14 year old main character; clever as a whip; suffers teasing for her read hair; resentful of her aunt becoming her stepmother

JossClara’s older brother; a jester and jokester; dislikes having to help Clara with chores

PriscillaJoss 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

HettyClara’s mean, snotty, snobby cousin; she loves any opportunity to put Clara down

Lafayettea 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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Author’s Bio:


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.)

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