Gateway Readers Award Finalists (PDF)
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 2019.
“The Memory Book“ by Lara Avery
When a rare genetic disorder steals away her memories and then her health, teenager Sammie records notes in a journal to her future self, documenting moments great and small.
“Nemesis” by Anna Banks
Princess Sepora has to flee across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, where she is captured and placed in servitude. Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must deal with a plague killing his citizens. Sepora knows her gift could save the kingdom. Should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts?
“Three Dark Crowns” by Kendare Blake
On the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplet girls is born every generation. Each girl is an equal heir to the crown and possesses a coveted magic, but becoming the Queen must be fought for. And it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn 16, the battle begins.
“Tell Me Three Things” by Julie Buxbaum
Sixteen-year old Jessie, still grieving over her mother’s death, must move from Chicago with a new stepfamily. She has no friends until an anonymous fellow student emails and offers to help her navigate the school’s treacherous social waters.
“Symptoms of Being Human” by Jeff Garvin
A gender-fluid teenager who struggles with identity creates a blog on the topic that goes viral. Fellow students begin to ridicule the teenager.
“All the Gallant Men” by Donald Stratton & Ken Gire
In his memoir, a USS Arizona survivor describes the attacks that left him with burns over more than 65 percent of his body, his resolve to reenter
service and his contributions to some of the Pacific’s most violent battles.
“My Lady Jane” by Cynthia Hand
Edward is the King of England. Edward’s cousin, is far more interested in books than romance, but Edward has arranged for her to marry Gifford to secure the line of succession. But Gifford isn’t just a man.
“When We Collided” by Emery Lord
Can 17-year-old Jonah save his family restaurant from ruin, his mother from her sadness and his danger-seeking girlfriend from herself?
“Heartless” by Marissa Meyer
In this prequel to “Alice in Wonderland,” Cath would rather open a bakery and marry for love than accept a proposal from the King of Hearts, especially after meeting the handsome and mysterious court jester.
“Holding Up the Universe” by Jennifer Niven
No one looks past Libby’s weight to get to know her and Jack can’t recognize faces. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game that ends
in group counseling, they make a connection. Will it help change things?
“Salt to the Sea“ by Ruta Sepetys
World War II is drawing to a close and thousands of refugees are racing toward freedom. When their paths converge, Joana, Emilia and Florian
find their strength, courage and trust tested. When tragedy strikes, they must fight for survival.
“Scythe” by Neal Shusterman
In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed by professional reapers. Two teens must compete with
each other to become a scythe, a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn’t.
“Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee” by Mary G. Thompson
Amy and her cousin Dee were kidnapped six years ago, and when Amy returns home, she’s desperate to protect her loved ones at any cost.
“The Sun is Also a Star“ by Nicola Yoon
Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Daniel is a good son and good student, but he forgets all that when he sees Natasha and believes there is something extraordinary in store for both of them.
“The Serpent King” by Jeff Zenter
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.