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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.

2018 Winner

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.

Gateway Award Nominees 2018-2019

All the Gallant Men : An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor
All the Gallant Men : An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor by  Donald Stratton

Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-287) and index. A memoir by a USS Arizona survivor describes his experience of the attacks that left him with burns over more than sixty-five percent of his body, his resolve to reenter service after a grueling recovery, and his contributions to some of the Pacific's most violent battles. The first memoir of a USS Arizona survivor.

Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee
Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee by  Mary G. (Mary Gloria) Thompson

Amy and her cousin Dee were kidnapped six years ago, and when Amy finds her way home, she's desperate to protect the ones she loves at any cost.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, the Queen of Hearts was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction.

Holding Up the Universe
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

A boy with face blindness and a girl who struggles with weight fall in love.

My Lady Jane
My Lady Jane by  Cynthia Hand

On the eve of her marriage to a stranger, sixteen-year-old Lady Jane Grey is swept in a conspiracy to usurp the throne from her cousin -- Novelist.

Nemesis by Anna Banks

A futuristic fantasy in which the fate of the world's energy source is in the hands of a prince and princess who are rivals.

Salt to the Sea : A Novel
Salt to the Sea : A Novel by Ruta Sepetys

World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom. When their paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, Joana, Emilia, and Florian find their strength, courage, and trust in one another tested with each step closer toward safety. When tragedy strikes the Wilhelm Gustloff, they must fight for the same thing: survival.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

In a world in which humanity has conquered death, Scythes are the only ones who are allowed to take a human life. Two unwilling teens are chosen to be Scythes and must learn the art of killing.

Symptoms of Being Human
Symptoms of Being Human by  Jeff Garvin

Some days Riley Cavanaugh identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. But Riley isn't exactly out yet: between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in ├╝ber-conservative Orange County, the pressure is building. On the advice of a therapist Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it's really like to be a gender fluid teenager. But when the blog goes viral, Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created-- or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

Tell Me Three Things
Tell Me Three Things by JUlie Buxbaum

Sixteen-year old Jessie, still grieving over her mother's death, must move from Chicago to The Valley, with a new stepfamily but no new friends until an anonymous fellow student emails and offers to help her navigate the school's treacherous social waters.

The Memory Book
The Memory Book by  Lara Avery

When a rare genetic disorder steals away her memories and then her health, teenaged Sammie records notes in a journal to her future self, documenting moments great and small.

The Serpent King : A Novel
The Serpent King : A Novel by  Jeff Zentner

The son of a Pentecostal preacher faces his personal demons as he and his two outcast friends try to make it through their senior year of high school in rural Forrestville, Tennessee without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self.

The Sun is Also a Star
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Over the course of a single day in New York City, two teenagers who have nothing in common randomly meet and fall in love.

Three Dark Crowns
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn't solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it's not just a game of win or lose... it's life or death.

When We Collided
When We Collided by Emery Lord

Jonah and his five siblings struggle to keep up their home and the restaurant their dad left behind. But at the start of summer, a second change rolls in: Vivi Alexander, the new girl in town.