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Shakespeare and the Romantics

by David Fuller

Romantic criticism, of which Shakespeare is the central figure, invented many of the modes of modern criticism. It is also distinct from many contemporary academic norms. Engaged with the social and intellectual...


The Edge of Great (Julie and the Phantoms, Season One Novelization)

by Micol Ostow

After the passing of her mom, Julie has lost her passion for music and is on the verge of being kicked out of her performing arts high school. That is, until she makes the ultimate comeback with her new band,...


THE ADVENTURES OF DIGGLEDY DAN - A children's story of the circus

by Edwin P. Norwood

Have you ever been to a circus where the seal plays the bass drum, the monkey plays the violin, the elephant plays the cello and the kangaroo plays the bassoon! Well, at least the camel doesn’t play the didgeridoo...


Shakespeare Before Shakespeare

by Glyn Parry & Cathryn Enis

Before William Shakespeare wrote world-famous plays on the themes of power and political turmoil, the Shakespeare family of Stratford-upon-Avon and their neighbors and friends were plagued by false accusations...


Son of Happy

by Cary Fagan & Milan Pavlović

How would you feel if your dad were a clown?

The boy in this story never wants to go to his friends? birthday parties, because Happy the Clown is always there. And Happy is ? his dad.

He wishes his dad had a regular...


The Admirable Crichton

by J. M. Barrie

The Admirable Crichton by J. M. Barrie. Once a month, Lord Loam encourages his servants to enter the drawing room for tea. This ritual defiance of tradition disturbs Crichton, the butler, who regards the class...


Fanny's First Play

by George Bernard Shaw

Fanny's First Play by George Bernard Shaw. Fanny's First Play is a 1911 play by George Bernard Shaw. It was first performed as an anonymous piece, the authorship of which was to be kept secret. However, critics...


Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s play about the doomed romance of two teenagers from feuding families is the most famous love story ever written. First performed around 1596, Romeo and...


The Machine

by Upton Sinclair

The Machine by Upton Sinclair. which was originally published in 1912 in the collection Plays of Protest. Although it contains some of the same characters who appeared in his novels The Metropolis and The Moneychangers,...


The Backstagers and the Final Blackout (Backstagers #3)

by Andy Mientus & Rian Sygh

Based on the showstopping graphic novels, the Backstagers return for more action-packed, paranormal theater adventures!

The Backstagers are back for a thrilling third act! They?ve dealt with the ghost haunting...


Tallulah Plays the Tuba

by Tiffany Stone & Sandy Nichols

Tallulah is tiny, but the TUBA is not!

Tallulah isn?t big, but the instrument she dreams of playing sure is. Try as she might, tiny Tallulah keeps coming up short on how she can play the tuba in her school band....


How Do You Dance?

by Thyra Heder

A playful picture book that urges readers to bop, bounce, and shake from the author of Fraidyzoo

 

There are so many ways to dance! You can jiggle or wiggle or stomp. You can bop or bounce or go completely...


Lily's Secret Audition

by Holly Webb & Monique Dong

A sparkling series of dance, drama, dreams and friendship from best-selling author Holly Webb. Lily has never felt like she deserves to be at The Shine School for the Performing Arts. She's sure she only got...


Your Turn, Adrian

by Helena Öberg, Kristin Lidström & Eva Apelqvist

A stunningly illustrated graphic novel about feeling vulnerable and struggling to meet expectations, and about friendship and the power of the imagination.

Almost every day, Adrian goes to school with knots in...


No Ballet Shoes In Syria

by Catherine Bruton

Aya is eleven years old and has just arrived in Britain with her mum and baby brother, seeking asylum from war in Syria. When Aya stumbles across a local ballet class, the formidable dance teacher spots her...


Operatic

by Kyo Maclear & Byron Eggenschwiler

A story of friendship, first crushes, opera and the high drama of middle school told by award-winning Kyo Maclear in her debut graphic novel.

Somewhere in the universe, there is the perfect tune for you.

It?s...


The Backstagers and the Theater of the Ancients (Backstagers #2)

by Andy Mientus & Rian Sygh

After all the backstage ghost drama during Phantasm, things are quiet at St. Genesius Prep. Too quiet. But when that quiet is filled by a mysterious voice that haunts the Backstagers day and night, they set...


The Mozart Girl

by Barbara Nickel

Nannerl Mozart?s twelfth-birthday wish is to become a famous composer. She?s already considered a brilliant musician, touring eighteenth-century Europe with her little brother, Wolfgang, and playing for queens...


Sara's Dream Role

by Holly Webb & Monique Dong

A sparkling series of dance, drama, dreams and friendship from best-selling author Holly Webb. When there’s a big audition for a West End production of Mary Poppins at The Shine School for the Performing Arts,...


Nova in New York

by Katherine Richards

Seventeen-year-old Nova Abbott grew up dancing barefoot in the backyard with her aunt Ivy, whose dreams of becoming a professional ballerina were cut short by cystic fibrosis. Nova is invited to attend a prestigious...