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  • 2020-2021 Gateway Award Nominees

    A Heart in a Body in the World
    A Heart in a Body in the World
    by  Deb Caletti

    Followed by Grandpa Ed in his RV and backed by her brother and friends, Annabelle, eighteen, runs from Seattle to Washington, D.C., becoming a reluctant activist as people connect her journey to her recent trauma.

    After the Shot Drops
    After the Shot Drops
    by  Randy Ribay

    Told from alternating perspectives, Bunny takes a basketball scholarship to an elite private school to help his family, leaving behind Nasir, his best friend, in their tough Philadelphia neighborhood.

    Camp Valor
    Camp Valor
    by  Scott McEwen

    Fourteen-year-old Wyatt avoids a prison sentence by agreeing to spend three months in a secret government training camp for teenage agents, but when enemies try to root out Camp Valor's secrets, Wyatt and his friends have to put their training into practice to protect their country.

    Dread Nation
    Dread Nation
    by  Justina Ireland

    When families go missing in Baltimore County, Jane McKeene, who is studying to become an Attendant, finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy that has her fighting for her life against powerful enemies.

    Dry
    Dry
    by Neal Shusterman

    A lengthy California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, turning Alyssa's quiet suburban street into a warzone, and she is forced to make impossible choices if she and her brother are to survive.

    Flight Season
    Flight Season
    by  Marie F. Marquardt

    Vivi, a college student attempting to complete an internship, TJ, a nursing student, and Angel, a patient with heart disease, all find their lives intersecting at a university hospital during one summer that could change their lives forever.

    Hey, Kiddo
    Hey, Kiddo
    by  Jarrett Krosoczka

    In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett's family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett's life. His father is a mystery -- Jarrett doesn't know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents -- two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along.

    Little White Lies
    Little White Lies
    by Jennifer (Jennifer Lynn) Barnes

    Eighteen-year-old Sawyer accepts her estranged grandmother's bribe to live with her for a year, participate in the debutante season and ball, and possibly meet the father she has never known.

    Monday's Not Coming
    Monday's Not Coming
    by  Tiffany D Jackson

    When her friend Monday Charles goes missing and Monday's mother refuses to give her a straight answer, Claudia digs into her disappearance.

    Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe
    Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe
    by  Preston Norton

    Nearly a year after his brother's suicide, sixteen-year-old Cliff Neanderthal Hubbard gets recruited to make life better at Happy Valley High by the school's quarterback, who claims he had a vision from God.

    Someone I Used to Know
    Someone I Used to Know
    by Patty Blount

    Two years after she was raped, Ashley, now a high school junior and still struggling with everyday life, sees her family falling apart.

    The Book of Essie
    The Book of Essie
    by  Meghan MacLean Weir

    A novel of family, fame, and religion that tells the emotionally stirring, wildly captivating story of the seventeen-year-old daughter of an evangelical preacher, star of the family's hit reality show, and the secret pregnancy that threatens to blow their entire world apart.

    The Cruel Prince
    The Cruel Prince
    by Holly Black

    Jude, seventeen and mortal, gets tangled in palace intrigues while trying to win a place in the treacherous High Court of Faerie, where she and her sisters have lived for a decade.

    The Poet X
    The Poet X
    by  Elizabeth Acevedo

    Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

    The Unfortunates
    The Unfortunates
    by  Kim Liggett

    After getting away with murder, Grant Tavish plans his own form of justice, but before he can act upon it, a cave system collapse traps him and four other teenagers miles below the surface, where they soon discover that they aren't alone. 

     

    Gateway Award Winners

    2020

    The Hate U Give
    The Hate U Give
    by  Angie Thomas

    After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

    2019

    Scythe
    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.

    2018

    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.