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A Buss from Lafayette
A Buss from Lafayette

A Buss from Lafayette

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

266 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.95 (CA $22.95) (US $16.95)

Publication Date: April 2016

ISBN 9781939371904

Rights: WOR

Boutique of Quality Books (Apr 2016)
BQB Publishing

Price: $16.95
 
 

Overview

"A full scale history lesson disguised as a can't put it down story." - I Read What You Write BlogGold Medalist (Middle School/Historical Fiction), 2017 Literary Classics Award1st Place Winner (Historical Fiction), 2017 Purple Dragonfly Book AwardsBronze Medalist (Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction), 2017 eLit AwardsQuarter Finalist, 2016 Booklife Prize (Middle Grade) One of the top 10 MG entries!Seal of Approval Recipient, 2017 Literary Classics AwardsNamed on the Grateful American Kids website as one of the best history books for kids to readFourteen-year-old Clara Hargraves lives on a farm in Hopkinton, a small New Hampshire town, during the early 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 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, Dickson 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, herself, and about Lafayette. She comes to understand the huge and vital role the young French aristocrat played in America's Revolutionary War and to see that her problems might not be quite so terrible after all."A winning historical tale that may appeal to young fans of the musical Hamilton." - Kirkus Reviews

Reviews

"[T]his novel is well-researched . . . . Jensen still manages to deliver a lot of historical facts without dull exposition—it's perfectly plausible, for instance, that the adults in Clara's life would tell her stories about Lafayette's exploits, and her curiosity becomes infectious. Jensen also includes a glossary and bibliography for further reading. A winning historical tale that may appeal to young fans of the musical Hamilton." —Kirkus Reviews

"Our aim is to show them how a story can 'send' them on fascinating, exciting and adventurous journeys whenever they want." —David Bruce Smith, gratefulamericanbookprize.com

"A Buss from Lafayette is a charming work of fiction with many historical facts peppered throughout the novel." —red city review

Online Book Description

Could a playful kiss on the cheek from a world-famous Revolutionary War hero change the life of a troubled young girl in 1825 New England? A Buss from Lafayette, called "a winning historical tale" by Kirkus Reviews, shows how it could have happened. The protagonist, Clara Hargraves (14) is ". . .a tomboyish, quick-witted girl who ... makes the pages of the book come to life."- Red City Review (paperback, e-book, audiobook, & teacher's guide available) "A full scale history lesson disguised as a can't put it down story." I Read What You Write BlogGold Medalist (Middle School/Historical Fiction), 2017 Literary Classics Award 1st Place Winner (Historical Fiction), 2017 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards Bronze Medalist (Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction), 2017 eLit Awards Quarter Finalist, 2016 Booklife Prize (Middle Grade) One of the top 10 MG entries! Seal of Approval Recipient, 2017 Literary Classics Awards Named on the Grateful American Kids website as one of the best history books for kids to read Fourteen-year-old Clara Hargraves lives on a farm in Hopkinton, a small New Hampshire town, during the early