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Gateway Readers Award

med-gateway-readers.pngThe purpose of the Gateway Readers Award is to promote literature, literacy and reading in Missouri high schools, and to recognize authors and illustrators of books that are favorites of Missouri students in these grades. Each year, Missouri students in grades 9-12 vote for their favorite book from a list of nominated titles. The Gateway Readers Award is awarded to the author of this book by the Missouri Association of School Librarians.

2017 Winner

The Book of Ivy
The Book of Ivy
by Amy Engel

In an apocalyptic future where girls from the losing faction are forcibly married to boys of the winning faction, sixteen-year-old Ivy is tasked to kill her fiancé Bishop, although when she finally meets him, he is not the monster she has been led to believe.

Gateway Award Nominees 2017-2018

Ruthless
Ruthless
by Carolyn Lee Adams

When Ruth is kidnapped, she's determined not to become this serial-killer's next trophy. After she's able to escape, her captor begins stalking her through the wilderness

Six of Crows
Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction--if they don't kill each other first.

Emmy & Oliver
Emmy & Oliver
by Robin Benway

Sheltered seventeen-year-old Emmy's childhood best friend Oliver reappears after disappearing with his father ten years ago

The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak
The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak
by Brian Katcher

Ana is an honor student obsessed with being successful at everything academic, Clayton is her thirteen-year-old genius brother, the youngest student in their high school and Zak is gamer who is forced to join the quiz team by his teacher--but when Clayton sneaks off to a science fiction convention in Seattle while they are all there for a quiz bowl tournament, Ana is forced to rely on the unreliable Zak to find him.

Losers Take All
Losers Take All
by David Klass

At a sports-crazy NJ high school where all kids must play on a team, a group of rebels start a soccer team designed to undermine the jock-culture of the school

This Raging Light
This Raging Light
by Estelle Laure

Seventeen-year-old Lucille is struggling to get through each day, paying bills and looking after her little sister, Wren, while her father is institutionalized after a breakdown and her mother is "on vacation," but nothing else seems to matter when she is with Digby Jones, her best friend's twin brother.

Zeroboxer
Zeroboxer
by Fonda Lee

As seventeen-year-old Carr 'the Raptor' Luka rises to fame in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing, he learns a devastating secret that jeopardizes not only his future in the sport, but interplanetary relations

Under a Painted Sky
Under a Painted Sky
by Stacey Lee

In 1845, Sammy, a Chinese American girl, and Annamae, an African American slave girl, disguise themselves as boys and travel on the Oregon Trail to California from Missouri

A Madness So Discreet
A Madness So Discreet
by Mindy McGinnis

Near the turn of the nineteenth century, Dr. Thornhollow helps teenaged Grace Mae escape from the Boston asylum where she was sent after becoming pregnant by rape, and takes her to Ohio where they put her intelligence and remarkable memory to use in trying to catch murderers.

Inherit Midnight
Inherit Midnight
by Kate Kae Myers

Avery is the black sheep of the wealthy VanDemere clan--the ostracized illegitimate daughter. So she's less than excited when her grandmother ropes her into a competition to determine the VanDemere most worthy of inheriting the family fortune, until a chance to gain information about her long-lost mother motivates Avery to try to win the game

All the Bright Places
All the Bright Places
by Jennifer Niven

Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school--both teetering on the edge--it's the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the "natural wonders" of the state of Indiana, and two teens' desperate desire to heal and save one another.

Extraordinary Means
Extraordinary Means
by Robyn Schneider

Two teenagers with a deadly disease fall in love on the brink of a cure. Up until his diagnosis, Lane lived a fairly predictable life. Now he is at a tuberculosis sanatorium called Latham House, where he discovers an insular world with paradoxical rules, med sensors, and an eccentric yet utterly compelling confidante named Sadie-- and life as Lane knows it will never be the same. As Lane and Sadie fall in love-- and as their groups begins to fall sicker-- their world threatens to come crashing down.

An Ember in the Ashes
An Ember in the Ashes
by Sabaa Tahir

Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire's greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution

Everything, Everything
Everything, Everything
by Nicola Yoon

Maddy has a serious autoimmune disease that prevents her from leaving the house. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she's ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

Made You Up
Made You Up
by Francesca Zappia

Armed with her camera and a Magic 8-Ball and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her Schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college.

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