The Bard may have written some of the most famous works of all time, but YA authors are not afraid to twist his stories for contemporary audiences!  Check out the books below that feature some fabulous Shakespearean elements.

  • Dreamers Often Lie
    Jacqueline West

    After waking up in the hospital, Jaye returns to school to discover a mysteriously familiar boy in her class and the trappings of Shakespeare's plays all around her.

  • Exit, Pursued by Bear
    E. K. Johnston

    At cheerleading camp, Hermione is drugged and raped, but she is not sure whether it was one of her teammates or a boy on another team--and in the aftermath she has to deal with the rumors in her small Ontario town, the often awkward reaction of her classmates, the rejection of her boyfriend, the discovery that her best friend, Polly, is gay, and above all the need to remember what happened so that the guilty boy can be brought to justice.

  • Romeo and/or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure
    Ryan North

    What if Romeo never met Juliet? What if Juliet got really buff instead of moping around the castle all day? What if they teamed up to take over Verona with robot suits? You get to decide if there should be romance, epic fight scenes... or robot suits! Packed with exciting choices, fun puzzles, secret surprises, terrible puns, and more than a billion possible storylines, you'll discover a new experience every time you read it.

  • The Steep and Thorny Way
    Cat Winters

    A sixteen-year-old biracial girl in rural Oregon in the 1920s searches for the truth about her father's death while avoiding trouble from the Ku Klux Klan in this YA historical novel inspired by Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'.

  • Saving Hamlet
    Molly Booth

    Fifteen-year-old Emma is acting as stage manager for her school's production of Hamlet when she finds herself transported to the original staging of Hamlet in Shakespearean England.

  • Romiette and Julio
    Sharon M. Draper

    Romiette, an African-American girl, and Julio, a Hispanic boy, discover that they attend the same high school after falling in love on the Internet, but are harrassed by a gang whose members object to their interracial dating.

  • Manga Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing
    Richard Appignanesi

    A comic book version of Shakespeare's comedy about mistaken identities, games, eavesdropping, and unrequited love.

  • Wondrous Strange
    Lesley Livingston

    When seventeen-year-old actress Kelley Winslow meets Sonny Flannery, she discovers he is a changeling who guards the gate between the faerie Otherworld and the mortal realm, and also that her mother had otherworldly powers that she has passed on to Kelley.

  • Eyes Like Stars
    Lisa Mantchev

    Thirteen-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.

  • When You Were Mine
    Rebecca Serle

    Seniors Rosaline Caplet and Rob Monteg, neighbors and best friends, have finally become a couple at their Southern California high school, but when Rosie's estranged cousin Juliet moves back into town and pursues Rob in an unstable, needy, and vindictive manner, Rosie starts to worry not just about Rob's emotions, but about his very life.