Gateway Reader’s Award 2017-18

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Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams
Ruth Carver has always competed like her life depends on it. Ambitious. Tough. Maybe even mean. It’s no wonder people call her Ruthless. Kidnapped by a man who believes his mission is to punish bad girls like Ruth, she realizes she has been entered into a contest she can’t afford to lose. The other girls he kidnapped were never heard from again, but Ruth won’t go down easy. She escapes into the wilderness, but her hunter is close at her heels. That’s when Ruth must decide just how far she’ll go in order to survive.
  Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone; he’ll need 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 and Oliver by Robin Benway
Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life, but Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared. Oliver never knew that it was his father who had kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver’s father’s crime. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?
The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher
A hilarious he said/she said romance about two teens on an out-of-this-world accidental first date at a sci-fi convention. When Ana Watson’s brother ditches a high school trip to run wild at WashingCon, Ana knows that she must find him or risk her last shot at freedom from her extra-controlling parents. In her desperation, she’s forced to enlist the slacker Zak to help find her brother before morning comes. But over the course of the night, while being chased by hordes of costumed Vikings and zombies, what starts as the most insane nerdfighter manhunt transforms into so much more.
  Losers Take All by David Klass
The new rule at Jack Logan’s sports-crazy New Jersey high school is that all kids must play on a team. So Jack and a ragtag group of anti-athletic friends decide to get even. They are going to start a rebel JV soccer team whose mission is to avoid victory at any cost, setting out to secretly undermine the jock culture of the school. But as the team’s losing formula becomes increasingly successful at attracting fans and attention, Jack and his teammates are winning in ways they never expected-and don’t know how to handle.
  This Raging Light by Estelle Laure
Lucille Bennett is pushed into adulthood after her mom decides to “take a break”…from parenting, from responsibility, from Lucille and her little sister, Wren. Left to cover for her absentee parents, Lucille thinks, “Wren and Lucille. Lucille and Wren. I will do whatever I have to. No one will pull us apart.” Now is not the time for level-headed Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother.
  Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee
A rising star in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing, Carr “the Raptor” Luka dreams of winning the championship title. The Zero Gravity Fighting Association assigns Rishato be his brandhelm––a personal marketing strategist. It isn’t long before she’s made Carr into a popular celebrity and stolen his heart along the way. As his fame grows, Carr becomes an inspirational hero on Earth, a once-great planet that’s fallen into the shadow of its more prosperous colonies. But when Carr discovers a far-reaching criminal scheme, his actions may start a war for the solar system.
  Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a Chinese girl. But a tragic accident leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the Oregon Trail, disguised as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail.
  A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
Grace Mae is already familiar with madness when family secrets and the bulge in her belly send her to an insane asylum—but when a visiting doctor interested in criminal psychology recognizes Grace’s brilliant mind beneath her rage, he recruits her as his assistant. Continuing to operate under the cloak of madness at crime scenes allows her to gather clues from bystanders who believe her less than human. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who will bring her shaky sanity and the demons in her past dangerously close to the surface.
  Inherit Midnight by Kate Kae Myers
Seventeen-year-old Avery VanDemere’s ridiculously wealthy grandmother has decided to leave the family fortune to the relative who proves him or herself worthiest–by solving puzzles and riddles on a whirlwind race around the globe. Treacherous turns in the competition serve as brutal reminders that only one person can win it all. Is Avery willing to risk both her heart and her life to claim the grand prize?
  All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Theodore Finch is constantly thinking of ways he might kill himself. Violet Markey lives only for the future when she can escape her small town in Indiana. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a school project, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.
  Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
Up until his diagnosis, Lane lived a fairly predictable life. But when he finds himself at a tuberculosis sanatorium called Latham House, 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.
  An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death.  But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy. There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.
  Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
  Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
Alex fights a daily battle to figure out what is real and what is not. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, 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. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until she runs into Miles. Didn’t she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal.

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