Thursday, May 26, 2016

HamilTomes for Teens

Hamilton and Hamilton
As May draws to a close and the Tony awards creep closer and closer, it becomes increasingly more likely that you've encountered the phenomenon that is Hamilton: An American Musical in some shape or form. Maybe you're like me and you've listened to this hip-hop broadway hybrid...[checks iTunes]... 22 times...and the first song 80?
Or maybe you've heard your teens ranting about it, or perhaps belting it out in the library (that's what libraries are for, right?). Hamilton is undeniably popular, and beloved by teens and adults alike. The musical's historic bent,
Even the costumes are lovable
progressive casting and message, and ridiculously likable star/creator Lin-Manuel Miranda make this one teen trend that librarians should feel happy to fall into rank with. We've compiled a list of books that we think a teen who's got Hamilton and the American Revolution on the brain will appreciate.

Before we hit the YA stacks, there are two books that are required recommendations for anyone who's interested in the ten-dollar founding father. 

Book Cover Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
       This doorstopper of a biography is the book that inspired Miranda to write the concept album that would eventually become Hamilton. This is an ambitious read, but a natural for the kind of lovable nerd who likes to be the authority on the topics they love.

Book Cover Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
       This is the definitive book for fans of the musical, containing a complete annotated libretto, photographs from the musical, songs that were cut, and essays from Miranda and the full cast and crew. It's also really pretty.

YA Recommendations

After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War. The third and final book in the Seeds of America trilogy comes out this October.

       Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.

In 1776, after witnessing the execution of Nathan Hale in New York City, newly occupied by the British army, young Sophia Calderwood resolves to do all she can to help the American cause, including becoming a spy.

        In 1777, having been kidnapped and taken forcibly from England to the American colonies, fifteen-year-old Creighton becomes part of developments in the political unrest there that may spell defeat for the patriots and change the course of history.

       A fictionalized look at the last twenty years of Thomas Jefferson's life at Monticello through the eyes of three of his slaves, two of whom were his sons by his slave, Sally Hemings.

        Follow the life of thirteen-year-old Nathaniel Dunn, from May 1774 to December 1775 as he serves his indentureship with a music teacher in Williamsburg, Virginia and witnesses the growing rift between patriots and loyalists, culminating in the American Revolution.

       In pre-revolutionary Salem, fourteen-year-old Daniel begins to re-examine his loyalty to the King as the conflict between Tories and patriots increasingly divides the townspeople.

       Teenage runaway slaves with superhuman powers, a Hessian giant, the most evil slave owners imaginable, and Benjamin Franklin: this story of the Revolution blends fact and fantasy in an imaginative reinterpretation of a critical time in American history.

        Sixteen-year-old Noah Daniels wants nothing more than to fight in George Washington's Continental Army, but an accident as a child left him maimed and unable to enlist. He is forced to watch the Revolution from his family's farm in Upstate New York--until a violent raid on his settlement thrusts him into one of the bloodiest battles of the American Revolution.

       A priceless, handcrafted rifle, fired throughout the American Revolution, is passed down through the years until it fires on a fateful Christmas Eve of 1994.

In South Carolina in 1780, fourteen-year-old Caroline sees the Revolutionary War take a terrible toll among her family and friends and, along with a startling revelation about her own background, comes to understand the true nature of war.

Fourteen-year-old Becca takes a position as a maid in a wealthy Philadelphia Quaker home and witnesses the events that lead to General Benedict Arnold's betrayal of the American forces during the Revolutionary War.

Did we miss a book you know belongs on this list? Let us know in the comments!

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