The Gateway Readers Award honors a young adult novel that is selected by Missouri high school students. To be eligible to vote, students must read at least three of the finalists. Voting will occur at participating schools early next March, so you can use the summer months to get crack-a-lackin’ on this list! The winner will be announced in April 2018.
“Ruthless” by Carolyn Lee Adams
When Ruth is kidnapped, she’s determined not to become the serial-killer’s next trophy. She escapes, but her captor begins stalking her through the wilderness.
“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” by Robin Benway
She’s lived a sheltered life, but when 17-year-old Emma’s childhood best friend reappears, after 10 years missing, Emmy’s hopes return.
“The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak” by Brian Katcher
Ana is obsessed with being academically successful. Zak is a gamer forced to join the quiz team by his teacher. When Ana’s brother sneaks off to a science fiction convention during the quiz bowl tournament, Ana is forced to rely on Zak to find him.
“Losers Take All” by David Klass
At a sports-crazy New Jersey high school where all kids must play on a team, a group of rebels starts a soccer team designed to undermine the jock culture of the school.
“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. 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” by Fonda Lee
As 17-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” 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 from Missouri to California.
“A Madness So Discreet” by Mindy McGinnis
Near the turn of the nineteenth century, Dr. Thornhollow helps teenager Grace Mae escape from the asylum where she was sent after being raped and becoming pregnant. They put her intelligence and remarkable memory to use in trying to catch murderers.
“Inherit Midnight” by Kate Kae Myers
The black sheep of the a wealthy family, Avery is reluctant to participate in the competition to determine which VanDemere is worthy of inheriting the family fortune, until a chance to gain information about her long-lost mother motivates her to try to win the game.
“All the Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven
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 Indiana’s natural wonders, and a desperate desire to heal and save one another.
“Extraordinary Means” by Robyn Schneider
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 and an eccentric yet utterly compelling confidante named Sadie.
“An Ember in the Ashes” by Sabaa Tahir
Laia is a Scholar living under the 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” by Nicola Yoon
Madeline is literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known.
“Made You Up” by Francesca Zappia
Armed with her camera, a Magic 8 Ball and her little sister as her only ally, Alex wages war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college.