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Hamilton Reads – Teen Recommendations

HamiltonIn celebration of Hamilton coming to Disney+ on July 3, we are spotlighting some of our favorite books that are perfect for the teen Hamilton fan! Though the library is still closed, you can place these books on hold for your curbside appointment or through one of our digital libraries (just download the Hoopla and/or Libby apps!)

Many thanks to our friends at the York County Libraries for sharing this awesome At Home with Hamilton Party Kit!


Hamilton: Easy Piano Selections: This collection features easy piano arrangements of the music penned by Lin-Manuel Miranda, including: Alexander Hamilton * Burn * Dear Theodosia * Helpless * My Shot * The Schuyler Sisters * That Would Be Enough * Wait for It * You’ll Be Back. Catalog 

Hamilton: Portraits of the Revolution Only the second official book, Hamilton: Portraits of the Revolution invites Hamilfans to experience the award-winning show in a brand-new and intimate way through more than 100 portraits of the cast, including Lin-Manuel Miranda (Alexander Hamilton), Leslie Odom Jr. (Aaron Burr), Daveed Diggs (Lafayette), Phillipa Soo (Eliza Schuyler Hamilton), and Renée Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler), along with personal commentary by the cast about Hamilton, their experiences, and the show’s impact on them and the world. It includes contributions by creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and director Thomas Kail, as well as a curated collection of ephemera and original writings from the historical figures who served as the inspiration for their stage characters. Catalog 

Rise Up!: Broadway and American Society from ‘angels in America’ to ‘hamilton’ by Chris Jones: Penned by one of America’s best-known daily theatre critics and organized chronologically, this lively and readable book tells the story of Broadway’s renaissance from the darkest days of the AIDS crisis, via the disaster that was Spiderman: Turn off the Dark through the unparalleled financial, artistic and political success of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. Catalog 

Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning by Leslie Odom Jr: Odom burst on the scene in 2015, originating the role of Aaron Burr in the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton.” But Odom had put in years of hard work as a singer and actor beforehand. Here, Odom offers guidance, encouragement, and inspiration for teens and adults who feel they’re on the cusp of something big. Catalog Overdrive/Libby

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Hamilton and Peggy!: A Revolutionary Friendship by L.M. Elliott: Peggy Schuyler has always felt like she’s existed in the shadows of her beloved sisters: the fiery, intelligent Angelica and beautiful, sweet Eliza. But it’s in the throes of a chaotic war that Peggy finds herself a central figure amid Loyalists and Patriots, spies and traitors, friends and family. When a flirtatious aide-de-camp, Alexander Hamilton, writes to Peggy asking for her help in wooing the earnest Eliza, Peggy finds herself unable to deny such an impassioned plea. A fast friendship forms between the two, but Alexander is caught in the same war as her father, and the danger to all their lives is real. Everything is a battlefield–from the frontlines to their carefully coded letters–but will Peggy’s bravery’s and intelligence be enough to keep them all safe? Catalog Hoopla

Alex & Eliza by Melissa de La Cruz: When Alex and Eliza meet one fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history. Catalog Overdrive/Libby

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Alexander Hamilton : Life Stories of Extraordinary Americans (TIME Heroes of History #1): Think you know everything about Alexander Hamilton? Think again! The original immigrant success story brought to life in the musical Hamilton is every bit as amazing and controversial now as it was in the 18th century. TIME tells the whole story of the nation’s first Secretary of the Treasury—a founding father with a complicated and ultimately tragic story that didn’t end with the duel in Weehawken. Catalog 

Alexander Hamilton: The Making of America by Teri Kanefield: The America that Alexander Hamilton knew was largely agricultural and built on slave labor. In contrast, he envisioned something different: along with agriculture and small towns, he imagined a multiracial, urbanized, capitalistic America with a strong central government. A poor immigrant, Hamilton believed that such an America would be a land of opportunity for newcomers … Because of the systems Hamilton set up and the ideas he left, his vision won out. Here is the story that epitomizes the American dream–a poor immigrant who made good in America. Catalog

Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic Novel of An American Founding Father by Jonathan Hennessey: Alexander Hamilton was one of the most influential figures in United States history—he fought in the Revolutionary War, helped develop the Constitution, and as the first Secretary of the Treasury established landmark economic policy that we still use today. Cut down by a bullet from political rival Aaron Burr, Hamilton has since been immortalized alongside other Founding Fathers such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson—his likeness even appears on the ten-dollar bill. In this fully-illustrated and impeccably researched graphic novel-style history, author Jonathan Hennessey and comic book illustrator Justin Greenwood bring Alexander Hamilton’s world to life, telling the story of this improbable hero who helped shape the United States of America. Catalog 

499 Facts about Hip-Hop Hamilton and the Rest of America’s Founding Fathers: 499 Facts about Hop-Hop Hamilton and America’s First Leaders by Stephen Spignesi: America has fallen in love again with Alexander Hamilton and the Founding Fathers again. Here is a popping fresh collection of little-known facts and surprising trivia surrounding the American Revolution and our forefathers – from those you’d expect (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and Hamilton, of course) to those you may never have heard of, but you probably should have (who the heck was Rufus King?). Catalog Hoopla 

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