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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.

2023 Winner

The Inheritance Games
The Inheritance Games
by Jennifer (Jennifer Lynn) Barnes

When a Connecticut teenager inherits vast wealth and an eccentric estate from the richest man in Texas, she must also live with his surviving family and solve a series of puzzles to discover how she earned her inheritance.

Gateway Award Nominees 2024-2025

A Year to the Day
A Year to the Day
by Robin Benway

It's been a year--a year of missing Nina. A year of milestones--holidays, birthdays, everything without her. Leo feels like she should remember what happened that night. But all she knows is that she left the party and got into a car with Nina and Nina's boyfriend, East. East, who once promised Nina he'd watch out for her younger sister. East, who has been trying to keep that promise every day since. But East won't give Leo the one thing she wants--the one thing she needs. He won't tell her anything about the accident. He won't talk about that night at all. As the days tumble one into the next, Leo's story comes together while her world falls apart. The only constant is the one person who can help her bear the enormous weight of her love for Nina--and East might be carrying too heavy a load of his own.

After Dark With Roxie Clark
After Dark With Roxie Clark
by  Brooke Lauren Davis

Eighteen-year-old Roxie agrees to help her sister Skylar uncover her boyfriend's killer, but they discover that everyone in Whistler, Indiana, is hiding something and some ghost stories are best left untold.

All My Rage
All My Rage
by Sabaa Tahir

A family extending from Pakistan to California deals with generations of young love, old regrets, and forgiveness.

All That's Left in the World
All That's Left in the World
by  Erik J Brown

Putting their trust in one another, two boys, Andrew and Jamie, search for civilization in a world ravaged by a deadly pathogen, but their secrets could cost them everything as they try to find the courage to fight for the future, together.

Hotel Magnifique
Hotel Magnifique
by  Emily J Taylor

Seventeen-year-old Jani and her little sister Zosa secure jobs at a glamorous magical hotel, but when Jani realizes that their staff contracts are unbreakable, she embarks on a mission to unravel the mystery of the magic at the heart of the hotel and free Zosa--and the other staff--from the cruelty of the ruthless maître d'hôtel.

I Must Betray You
I Must Betray You
by Ruta Sepetys

In a country governed by isolation, fear, and a tyrannical dictator, seventeen-year-old Cristian Florescu is blackmailed by the secret police to become an informer, but he decides to use his position to try to outwit his handler, undermine the regime, give voice to fellow Romanians, and expose to the world what is happening in his country.

My Mechanical Romance
My Mechanical Romance
by  Alexene Farol Follmuth

High school senior Bel Maier has an aptitude for engineering and teams up with robotics team captain, Mateo Luna, but after a rough start together the nights of after-school work lead to romance.

Nothing More to Tell
Nothing More to Tell
by  Karen M McManus

Brynn Gallagher uses her internship at a new true crime show to investigate the unsolved murder of her favorite teacher, uncovering secrets about her school, her teacher and her ex-best friend.

The Getaway
The Getaway
by  Lamar Giles

Jay discovers that mountain resort where he lives and works with his friends and family is also a doomsday oasis for the rich and powerful who expect top-notch customer service even as the world outside the resort's walls disintegrates.

The Q
The Q
by  Amy Tintera

When the president's son, Lennon, is kidnapped and pushed out of an airplane over the Q, a vast quarantine zone, Maisie gives him a seventy-two-hour vaccine, and together the two teenagers attempt to fight their way through the Q to survive.

The Sunbearer Trials
The Sunbearer Trials
by  Aiden Thomas

Transgender demigod Teo is unexpectedly selected for the Sunbearer Trials, a fierce competition among demigod heroes where the winner sacrifices the loser to Sol, their blood fueling the Sun Stones that protect Reino del Sol.

The Weight of Blood
The Weight of Blood
by  Tiffany D Jackson

When Springville residents--at least the ones still alive--are questioned about what happened on prom night, they all have the same explanation . . . Maddy did it. An outcast at her small-town Georgia high school, Madison Washington has always been a teasing target for bullies. And she's dealt with it because she has more pressing problems to manage. Until the morning a surprise rainstorm reveals her most closely kept secret: Maddy is biracial. She has been passing for white her entire life at the behest of her fanatical white father, Thomas Washington. After a viral bullying video pulls back the curtain on Springville High's racist roots, student leaders come up with a plan to change their image: host the school's first integrated prom as a show of unity. The popular white class president convinces her Black superstar quarterback boyfriend to ask Maddy to be his date, leaving Maddy wondering if it's possible to have a normal life. But some of her classmates aren't done with her just yet. And what they don't know is that Maddy still has another secret . . . one that will cost them all their lives.

The Words We Keep
The Words We Keep
by  Erin Stewart

When sixteen-year-old Lily Larkin's older sister, Alice, begins struggling with her mental health, Lily attempts to keep everything together and perfect, despite her growing anxiety.

Those Summer Nights
Those Summer Nights
by  Laura Silverman

Hannah shattered her ankle and her Olympic dreams in one bad soccer play. These days she'll do anything to keep the painful memories of her recent past at bay, including the string of bad decisions that landed her at boarding school for a year. With its mini golf course, bowling alley, and arcade-- not to mention coworker Patrick-- a job at the local entertainment multiplex Bonanza seems like the perfect way to stay distracted. Then her boss announces a staff competition that brings her past Olympic nightmares crashing back into her present. -- adapted from jacket.