Dorothea Jensen

New Hampshire
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About Me

I was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but grew up in Chillicothe, Illinois. I majored in English Literature at Carleton College, then I taught high school English. After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Brazil, I earned an MA in Secondary Education at the University of New Mexico.

In 1989, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich published my novel for young readers about the American Revolution, THE RIDDLE OF PENNCROFT FARM. Named an International Reading Association Teachers' Choices Selection soon after publication, it is read in classrooms throughout the U.S. In 2014, it won a first place Purple Dragonfly Award in the historical fiction category.

My newest novel, A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE, is set in 1825 in the New Hampshire town where I live. It will be released April 22, 2016 by BQB Publishing.

Besides historical fiction, I have 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, I am an experienced actress/singer and played many Gilbert and Sullivan battle axe contralto and ingénue mezzo roles. I also performed in a baroque opera company. (I nearly always lost the hero to the soprano.)

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