YA Book Lists:
The Play's the Thing — Teen fiction inspired by Shakespeare

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Kim Askew / YP FIC ASKEW
Exposure
After a boy in her school dies, Skye stumbles upon a murderous plot by an ambitious cheerleader and tries to save herself and her crush Craig from being put in the crosshairs in this novel inspired by Shakepeare's "Macbeth."

Laura Bjorkman / YP FIC BJORKMAN
My Invented Life
During rehearsals for Shakespeare's "As You Like It," 16-year-old Roz, jealous of her cheerleader sister's acting skills and heartthrob boyfriend, invents a new identity with unexpected results.

Caroline B. Cooney / YP FIC COONEY
Enter Three Witches: A story of Macbeth
When her father betrays the Scottish king and is hung as a traitor, Lady Mary's future is bleak after she loses her only true protector and ends up locked away in the tower by the powerful and deadly Lord and Lady Macbeth.

Alan Gratz / YP FIC GRATZ
Something Wicked
In a contemporary story based on Shakespeare's play "Macbeth," Horatio Wilkes seeks to solve the murder of Duncan MacKae at the Scottish Highland Games in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Lisa Fiedler / YP FIC FIELDER
Romeo's Ex: Rosaline's Story
In a story based on the Shakespeare play "Romeo and Juliet," 16-year-old Rosaline, who is studying to be a healer, becomes romantically entangled with the Montague family even as her beloved young cousin, Juliet Capulet, defies the family feud to secretly marry Romeo.

Suzanne Harper / YP FIC HARPER
The Juliet Club
When high school junior Kate wins an essay contest that sends her to Verona, Italy, to study Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" over the summer, she meets both American and Italian students and learns not just about Shakespeare, but also about star-crossed lovers — and herself.

Peter Hassinger / YP FIC HASSINGE
Shakespeare's Daughter
Susanna Shakespeare yearns to travel to London like her father, to experience the world of actors and poets and to follow her own dream of singing, a path followed only by men.

Pamela Keyes / YP FIC KEYES
The Jumbee
Devastated by the death of her Shakespearean-actor father, Esti Legard moves to a tropical island for her senior year in high school, where she finds herself torn between a mysterious, masked mentor and a seductive island boy, as she tries to escape the overpowering shadow of her famous father.

Lisa M. Klein / YP FIC KLEIN
Ophelia
In a story based on Shakespeare's "Hamlet," Ophelia tells of her life in the court at Elsinore, her love for Prince Hamlet, and her escape from the violence in Denmark.

Lisa M. Klein / YP FIC KLEIN
Lady Macbeth's Daughter
Lady Macbeth tries to bear a son and win the throne of Scotland for her husband. Albia, their daughter who was banished at birth and raised by three weird sisters, falls in love, learns of her parentage, and seeks to free Scotland from tyranny in this tale based on Shakespeare's "Macbeth."

Julius Lester / YP FIC LESTER
Othello
A prose retelling of Shakespeare's play in which a jealous general is duped into thinking that his wife has been unfaithful, with tragic consequences.

John Marsden / YP FIC MARSDEN
Hamlet
Hamlet, heir to the Danish throne, struggles with grief for the recent death of his beloved father and shock at his mother's quick remarriage to his uncle, when he is visited by his father's ghost appealing to Hamlet to avenge him.

Andrew Matthews / YP FIC MATTHEWS
The Flip Side
Robert, a British 15-year-old, is confused when he plays the part of Rosalind while studying Shakespeare in school and discovers parts of his personality that he did not know existed.

Carolyn Meyer / YP FIC MEYER
Loving Will Shakespeare
In Stratford-upon-Avon in the 16th century, Anne Hathaway suffers her stepmother's cruelty and yearns for love and escape, finally finding it in the arms of a boy she has grown up with, William Shakespeare.

Pamela Mingle / YP FIC MINGLE
Kissing Shakespeare
Although her parents are renowned Shakespearean actors, Miranda's performance in a school play is disastrous. But before she can get away to hide, Stephen, a castmate, whisks her to 16th century England to meet — and save — the young Will Shakespeare.

Caryl Cude Mullin / YP FIC MULLIN
Rough Magic
The half-wild man Caliban takes his princess charge Chiara and teams with a mysterious magical woman named Calypso to fight against a world that sees magic as evil and uses women as political pawns.

Ranulfo / YP FIC RANULFO
Joker
A modern retelling of Hamlet, in which fifteen-year-old Matt begins questioning everything he believes in after the death of his best friend and his parents' divorce.

Michelle Ray / YP FIC RAY
Falling for Hamlet
Shakespeare's "Hamlet" is set in the modern world of computers, cell phones, and paparazzi, and on a popular television talk show it is revealed that Ophelia has not died.

Celia Rees / YP FIC REES
The Fool's Girl
Violetta and Feste have come to London to rescue a holy relic taken from a church in Illyria by the evil Malvolio, and once there, they tell the story of their adventures to playwright William Shakespeare, who turns it into a play.

Douglas Rees / YP FIC REES
The Juliet Spell
When Miranda loses the role of Juliet in her school's production of "Romeo & Juliet," she casts a spell to retrieve the role, and accidentally brings Edmund Shakespeare, William Shakespeare's younger brother, to the present.

Gary D. Schimdt / YP FIC SCHMIDT
The Wednesday Wars
During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.

Suzanne Selfors / YP FIC SELFORS
Saving Juliet
Seventeen-year-old Mimi Wallingford's stage fright and fight with her mother on the closing night of "Romeo and Juliet" are nothing compared to the troubles she faces when she and her leading man are transported to Shakespeare's Verona, where she decides to give the real Juliet a happy ending.

YP FIC SHAKESPE
Manga Shakespeare series
Shakespeare gets mangatized in these graphic novel adaptations of some of his most famous plays.
As You Like It
Julius Caesar
Macbeth
The Merchant of Venice
Othello
Romeo and Juliet
Twelfth Night

Tui Sutherland / YP FIC SUTHERLA
This Must be Love
Two good friends tell of strange occurrences between themselves and the boys they like during a high school production of "Romeo and Juliet," which are reminiscent of the magical world of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."