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As You Like It: Novels Inspired by Shakespeare's Plays

These stories are based on plays written 400 years ago, but they are told in a modern way.

The Education of Bet



The Education of Bet
By Baratz-Logsted, Lauren
2010-07 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
9780547223087 Check Our Catalog

The author of "Crazy Beautiful" takes readers back to a time when only boys attended school. Sixteen-year-old Bet persuades her brother Will to switch places, but once Bet gets to school, she realizes that living as a boy is more difficult than she imagined. …More

The Fool's Girl



The Fool's Girl
By Rees, Celia
2010-07 - Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
9781599904863 Check Our Catalog

A lush, epic historical novel by bestseller Celia Rees, with an added Shakespearean twist

Young and beautiful Violetta may be of royal blood, but her kingdom is in shambles when she arrives in London on a mysterious mission. Her journey has been long and her adventures many, but it is not until she meets the playwright William Shakespeare that she gets to tell the entire story from beginning to end. Violetta and her comic companion, Feste, have come in search of an ancient holy relic that the evil Malvolio has stolen from their kingdom. But where will their remarkable quest--and their most unusual story--lead? In classic Celia Rees style, it is an engrossing journey, full of political intrigue, danger, and romance.

This wholly original story is spun from Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," and includes both folly and suspense that would make the Bard proud. …More

Eyes Like Stars: Theatre Illuminata, Act I



Eyes Like Stars: Theatre Illuminata, Act I
By Mantchev, Lisa
2009-07 - Feiwel & Friends
9780312380960 Check Our Catalog

With an iron-willed girl hero whose magic is with words, and a universe that is also the ultimate theater, "Eyes Like Stars" is the most unusual fantasy I've read this year! I recommend it to anyone who loves drama, strong girls, and rowdy faery folk.--Tamora Pierce. …More

Perchance to Dream



Perchance to Dream
By Mantchev, Lisa
2010-05 - Feiwel & Friends
9780312380977 Check Our Catalog

Following on the heels of "Eyes Like Stars," the next book in Lisa Mantchev's Theatre Illuminata trilogy is equally fantastic and original--and very romantic! …More

The Iron King



The Iron King
By Kagawa, Julie
2010-02 - Harlequin
9780373210084 Check Our Catalog

Meghan Chase has never fit in at her small-town high school, and now, on the eve of her 16th birthday, she finally discovers why. For when her half-brother is kidnapped, Meghan is drawn into a fantastical world she had never imagined--the world of Faery. Original. …More

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Wondrous Strange
By Livingston, Lesley
2009-01 - Harper Teen
9780061575372 Check Our Catalog

Brimming with action, romance, and luminous shades of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Wondrous Strange is a richly layered tale of love between faerie and mortal, betrayal between kings and queens, and magic . . . between author and reader. …More

Spanking Shakespeare



Spanking Shakespeare
By Wizner, Jake
Illustrator Ewing, Richard
2008-10 - Perfection Learning
9781606860748 Check Our Catalog

Shakespeare Shapiro's parents bestowed his name on him as some kind of sick joke when he was born, and his life has gone downhill from there. However, Shakespeare will have the last laugh. He is chronicling every mortifying detail in his memoir, the writing project each senior at Shakespeare's high school must complete. …More

Lady Macbeth's Daughter



Lady Macbeth's Daughter
By Klein, Lisa M.
2009-10 - Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
9781599903477 Check Our Catalog

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Hamlet



Hamlet
By Marsden, John
2008-01 - Text Pub. Co.
9781921351471 Check Our Catalog

In this dark, erotically charged, and beautifully crafted novel, Marsden brings one of Shakespeare's most renowned and riveting characters to full-blooded life in a narrative of intense psychological complexity. …More

My Invented Life



My Invented Life
By Bjorkman, Lauren
2009-09 - Henry Holt & Company
9780805089509 Check Our Catalog

This hilarious debut is a comedy of errors with mistaken identities, ambiguous sexuality, skate gods, and stage geeks--and true love, of course. …More