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    Romance, adventure, history and more

    Great story! I'm glad I discovered this author. She writes so well and makes her characters so believable. Her other book of historical fiction about the American Revolution is "The Riddle of Penncroft Farm," which was published a while back in 1989. It got all sorts of awards and I'm sure this one will too. This one is about a 14-yr old girl, Clara, who lives in Hopkinton, NH in the 1820s when General Lafayette was on his tour of the US to celebrate the 50th year of American independence that he helped fight for. I never knew he had such impact on the success of the war! The author cleverly weaves the historical information into the story so that you learn about Lafayette as Clara does. And then you get the story about Clara dealing with a step-mother, being called carroty top for her red hair, and her brother's teasing friend, or is he maybe flirting???? (Don't worry, this does not need a PG designation; it's a completely wholesome story.) Lots of plot lines in this and all resolved in a believable way. Well done Ms. Jensen! Keep on writing! I would recommend this story to readers age 9-14 for personal enjoyment, but also teachers and homeschoolers would benefit from this as you learn a lot about the American Revolution, Lafayette's role in it, and also about 1820s rural New England life which is when the actual story takes place. BTW I googled the author (dorotheajensen.com and abussfromlafayette.com) and found a free reading guide, a ton of additional info, photos, and links - great addition for readers, teachers and homeschoolers. Check it out! Enjoy!
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