Gateway Nominees 2019-20

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League, but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.
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Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
Noemi Vidal is willing to risk anything to protect her planet, Genesis, including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she's a rebel. Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel's advanced programming has begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he's an abomination. Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars.
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Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham
When 17-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family's property, she has no idea that investigating the century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries. 100 years earlier, a single violent encounter propels 17-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self discovery and face his inner demons in order to do what's right.
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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she's the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can't imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try. Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea's biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.
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Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
A contemporary novel about three adopted siblings who find each other at just the right moment. Being the middle child has its ups and downs. For Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family...
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Goodbye Days: A Novel by Jeff Zentner

Goodbye Days: A Novel by Jeff Zentner
What if you could spend one last day with someone you lost? One day Carver Briggs had it all--three best friends, a supportive family, and a reputation as a talented writer at his school. The next day he lost it all when he sent a simple text to his friend Mars, right before Mars, Eli, and Blake were killed in a car crash. Now Carver can't stop blaming himself for the accident, and he's not the only one...
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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
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Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Invictus by Ryan Graudin
Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far's birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he's ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.
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A List of Cages by Robin Roe

A List of Cages by Robin Roe
When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he's got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn't easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can't complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian--the foster brother he hasn't seen in five years.
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Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
Vivian Carter is fed up. With her small-town Texas school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. With sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. Most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules. Viv's mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the '90s, so now Viv takes a page from her mother's past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She's just blowing off steam, but other girls respond...
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The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
Everything is going right for Lucy Hansson until her mom's cancer reappears. Just like that, Lucy breaks with all the constants in her life: her do-good boyfriend, her steady faith, even her longtime summer church camp job. Instead, Lucy lands at a camp for kids who have been through tough times. As a counselor, Lucy is in over her head and longs to be with her parents. But that's before she gets to know her coworkers, who are as loving and unafraid as she so desperately wants to be.
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Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
Emmett Atwater isn't just leaving Detroit; he's leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family forever. Before long, Emmett discovers he is one of ten recruits; each must earn the right to travel to the planet of Eden, where they will mine a substance that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.
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One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
The story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide. Pay close attention and you might solve this. On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention: Bronwyn, Addy, Nate, Cooper, and Simon. Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn't an accident.
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A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck

A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck
The unrequited love of the girl next door is the centerpiece of this fiercely funny, heart-breaking debut novel. Matt Wainwright is in turmoil. He can't tell his lifelong best friend how he really feels about her; his promising basketball skills are being overshadowed by his attitude on the court, and the only place he feels normal is in English class, where he can express his inner thoughts in quirky poems and essays. Matt is desperately hoping that Tabby will reciprocate his feelings...
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Soldier Boy by Keely Hutton

Soldier Boy by Keely Hutton
Here is the true story of Ricky Richard Anywar, abducted in 1989 at age fourteen by Joseph Kony's rebel army in the Ugandan civil war (one of Africa's longest-running conflicts). Ricky is trained, armed, and sent to battle government troops alongside his brutal kidnappers, but over his two and a half years of enslavement, he never stops dreaming of escape.
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