Thursday, June 2, 2016

It's Tony Time!

The Tony Awards are a mere ten days away! We've already geeked out over Alexander Hamilton with you, and while this year's ceremony may feel particularly revolutionary, we know the Tonys aren't really about founding fathers - they're about theater! So here's a list of books to get you started on your way to building a spirited display for your library's limelight-lovers.

Young Readers

Book Cover A Play's the Thing by Aliki
       Miss Brilliant's class puts on a performance of "Mary had a little lamb."

Book Cover Stagestruck by Tomie DePaola
Although Tommy fails to get the part of Peter Rabbit in the kindergarten play, he still finds a way to be the center of attention on stage.

Book Cover Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
        Although a classmate says that she cannot play Peter Pan in the school play because she is black and a girl, Grace discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind to do.

Book Cover Pest in Show by Victoria Jamieson
Ladybug's efforts to put on a show for her family and friends may be ruined if her little brother, Fly, gets in on the act--or maybe not.

Book Cover Little Diva by LaChanze
        Nena wants to be a Diva, with a capital D, just like her mommy, who's a star on Broadway. So she learns all she can about singing and dancing when she is at the theater and trains day and night to make her dreams come true.

Book Cover The Bear, the Boy, the Baron and the Bard by Gregory Rodgers
        In this time travel romp through Elizabethan England, a runaway soccer ball sparks a merry chase that involves the protagonist, his protector, a patrician prisoner, and an enraged playwright.

Book Cover Beverly Billingsly Takes a Bow by Alexander Stadler
When she auditions for the school musical, Beverly is too frightened to make a sound, but she ends up being very important to the class's performance.

Middle Grade

Book CoverThe Shakespeare Stealer by Gary L. Blackwood
        A young orphan boy is ordered by his master to infiltrate Shakespeare's acting troupe in order to steal the script of "Hamlet," but he discovers instead the meaning of friendship and loyalty.

Book CoverReplay by Sharon Creech
        While preparing for a role in the school play, twelve-year-old Leo finds an autobiography that his father wrote as a teenager and ponders the ways people change as they grow up. Includes the text for the play, "Rumpopo's Porch."

Book CoverBetter Nate than Ever, by Tim Federle
       An eighth-grader who dreams of performing in a Broadway musical concocts a plan to run away to New York and audition for the role of Elliot in the musical version of "E.T."

Book CoverGeorge by Alex Gino
        When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's a girl. When her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web, George really wants to play Charlotte, but the teacher says she can't even try out for the part because she's a boy. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan.

Book CoverBabymouse: The Musical by Jennifer L. Holm
        As tryouts for the school musical begin, Babymouse takes the starring role in several imaginary Broadway productions, which also feature her debonair new classmate, Henry the hedgehog.

Book Cover Drama, by Raina Telgemeier
        Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.

Book Cover Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan
Jake, a budding juvenile delinquent, is sent for home schooling to the arty and eccentric Applewhite family's Creative Academy, where he discovers talents and interests he never knew he had.

Book Cover Stage Struck: Curtain Up by Lisa Fiedler and Anya Wallach
After twelve-year-old Anya fails to make the soccer team, she decides to pursue her true passion, musical theater, and, with the help of her sister and new friend Austin, pulls together a summer theater troupe.

Young Adult

Book Cover Like it Never Happened by Emily Adrian
        As one of The Essential Five theater students at her alternative high school, Rebecca Rivers is preparing to become an actress and enjoying junior year with the perfect boyfriend until life-changing rumors threaten everything.

Book Cover Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
        When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other's best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.

Book Cover Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan
        Larger-than-life Tiny Cooper finally gets to tell his story, from his fabulous birth and childhood to his quest for true love and his infamous parade of ex-boyfriends, in the form of a musical he wrote.

Book Cover Dramarama by E. Lockhart
        Spending their summer at Wildewood Academy, an elite boarding school for the performing arts, tests the bond between teens Sadye and her best friend Demi.

Book Cover Eyes like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
Seventeen-year-old Bertie strives to save Theater Illuminata, the only home she has ever known, but is hindered by the Players who magically live on there, especially Ariel, who is willing to destroy the Book at the center of the magic in order to escape into the outside world.

 Book Cover Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman
Julie and Ashleigh, high school sophomores and Jane Austen fans, seem to fall for the same Mr. Darcy-like boy and struggle to hide their true feelings from one another while rehearsing for a school musical.

Book CoverMy Totally Awkward Supernatural Crush by Laura Toffler-Corrie
        While coping with middle school drama and costuming a teen production of Fiddler on the Roof, fourteen-year-old Jenna falls for Luke, an angel, and joins him in battle against demonic foe Adam, who wants Jenna's ancient pendant.

Book Cover Viola in the Spotlight by Adriana Trigiani
        Back home in Brooklyn, fifteen-year-old Viola has big summer plans but with one best friend going to camp and the other not only working but experiencing her first crush, Viola is glad to be overworked as an unpaid lighting intern when her grandmother's play goes to Broadway.

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