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					Gateway Award Nominees
        2010-11
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• Author: S. A. Bodeen
• Eli, the 15-year-old son of a billionaire, has spent the last
  six years with his family in the massive underground
  shelter after a nuclear war has destroyed the world he
  knows—and killed his grandmother and his twin brother,
  who couldn't reach the compound in time. As their food
  begins to run out, Eli grows suspicious about his father's
  claims about the outside world and realizes that it is his
  father who may be his enemy.
• Reading level: 4.1; AR points: 8.0
Shift


• Author: Jennifer Bradbury
• When best friends Chris and Win go on a
  cross country bicycle trek the summer
  after graduating and only one returns, the
  FBI wants to know what happened.
• Reading level: 4.8; AR points: 9.0
Graceling

• Author: Kristin Cashore
• Feared as a killer since her childhood, Lady Katsa uses
  her unusual Grace (superhuman gift) in the service of
  her uncle, King Randa. She is beginning to rebel against
  his orders to kill or maim his more disloyal subjects when
  her path crosses that of Po. A young foreign prince with
  a mysterious Grace as well as wisdom beyond his years,
  Po convinces Katsa that she can stand up to the brutal
  king and put her gift to better uses. When Katsa joins Po
  on a quest, she throws herself headlong into a rescue
  mission and finds romance, self-knowledge, and justice
  along the way.
•   Reading level: 5.3, AR points: 18.0
The Hunger Games
• Author: Suzanne Collins
• In the future, the United States is gone,
  and life in District 12 is hard for Katniss
  and her family. Since her father died, she has fed her
  mother and little sister Prim by hunting on forbidden
  land. Each year the government makes two children
  from each of the twelve districts compete against one
  another in a live reality show where only one will survive.
  When Prim's name is called, Katniss volunteers to
  compete alongside the baker's boy Peeta. Katniss will
  have to use all her brains, wits, and instincts to
  determine who to trust and how to outwit the game's
  creators.
• Reading level: 5.3, AR points: 15.0
Lock and Key

• Author: Sarah Dessen
• When she is abandoned by her alcoholic
  mother, high school senior Ruby winds up
  living with Cora, the sister she has not seen
  for ten years, and learns about Cora's new
  life, what makes a family, how to allow
  people to help her when she needs it, and
  that she too has something to offer others.
• Reading level: 5.3, AR points: 17.0
The Musician’s Daughter

• Author: Susanne Dunlap
• In eighteenth-century Vienna, Austria,
  fifteen-year-old Theresa seeks a way to
  help her mother and brother financially
  while investigating the murder of her
  father, a renowned violinist in Haydn's
  orchestra at the court of Prince Esterhazy,
  after his body is found near a gypsy camp.
• Reading level: 6.5; AR points 13.0
Paper Towns


• Author: John Green
• One month before graduating from his Central
  Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen
  basks in the predictable boringness of his life
  until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth
  Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes
  him on a midnight adventure and then
  mysteriously disappears. .
•   Reading level: 5.4, AR points: 13
Playing with Matches

• Author: Brian Katcher
• Desperate to improve his standing with the
  girls at Zummer High, Leon Sanders--a
  junior--seems to be making headway with
  his long-time crush Amy Green, but when
  he starts to get to know a social pariah
  named Melody Sanders, Leon begins to
  see beyond Melody's disfigurement. .
• Reading level: 4.4; AR points: 9
The Juvie Three

• Author: Gordon Korman
• What are the odds a teenage gangbanger, a 15-year-old murderer,
  and a 14-year-old who crashed a stolen car can keep it together
  when the saintly social worker who has given them a second chance
  at redemption ends up comatose in the hospital? Terence, Arjay,
  and Gecko become unlikely co-conspirators at keeping Doug
  Healy’s absence hidden from teachers, their psychologist, and
  especially from their nasty case worker. Arjay and Gecko,
  determined not to do anything that will land them back in jail,
  become model students and strong-arm Terence into extremely
  reluctant compliance. It seems to be working until Doug awakens
  with amnesia, Terence annoys a gang leader, and a high-ranking
  cop tells Gecko to stop seeing the daughter of a wealthy
  businessman.
•   Reading level: 4.9; AR points: 8.0
The Disreputable History of
Frankie Landau-Banks

•   Author: E. Lockhart
• Alabaster Preparatory Academy sophomore
• Frankie Landau-Banks is cute, clever, and dating one of the most
  popular boys in school -- who also happens to be the co-leader of an
  all-male secret society on campus called the Loyal Order of the
  Basset Hounds. At first Frankie is content just to be Matthew
  Livingston's arm candy, but the more he keeps secrets from her --
  seriously underestimating her intelligence -- the more restless she
  becomes. By impersonating Matthew's co-leader over e-mail,
  Frankie takes control of the Bassets, secretly engineering campus-
  wide pranks such as fastening bras on paintings of the school's
  founding fathers
•   Reading Level: 5.5; AR Points: 9.0
Wake

•   Author: Lisa McMann
• Janie still remembers the first time it happened. She was
  eight when her life changed forever. Janie finds herself
  sucked into the dreams of those around her. No matter
  where she is or what she is doing, if someone near her is
  dreaming, then Janie is too. Now, at 17, sleep-deprived
  and over-stimulated, Janie doubles her load by working
  at a nursing home every minute that she isn’t in school.
  With the help of Cabel, a figure from her past, as well as
  that of a former resident from the nursing home, Janie
  finds that the curse may be a blessing after all.
•   Reading level: 3.4; AR points: 5.0
Three Little Words

•   Author: Ashley Rhodes-Courter
• By the age of 20, the author's mother had given birth to three
  children, one of whom died right after birth. Immature and unable to
  control what was happening in her life, she gave up Ashley and her
  brother, who entered the foster care system. In nine years, Ashley
  would be in 14 different foster homes, and would be separated from
  her brother. Some of the homes were good, many were not, but
  Ashley wanted to believe her mother's promise of a home together.
  Foster children were displayed to prospective parents during
  adoption picnics, and that was how Ashley met her family. Resisting,
  and not trusting, when the Courter family decided to adopt her,
  Ashley tested them. At her adoption hearing, she finally muttered the
  "three little words" that made her part of the Courter family-"I guess
  so."
•   Reading level: 5.4; AR points 12.0
Stealing Heaven

• Author: Elizabeth Scott
• Eighteen-year-old Danielle—aka Sydney, Rebecca, or
  whatever alias her mother chooses—has been stealing
  since she can remember. She and her theft-savvy
  mother move from town to town, mining the successful
  men whom her mother attracts for information that allows
  them to find and rob the toniest homes. Dani has no
  school, no friends, and no home until she and her
  mother land in Heaven, a small, wealthy beachfront town
  where Dani realizes what it is like to have a best friend
  and also a boyfriend, who just happens to be a cop.
• Reading level: 4.0; AR points: 8.0
Good Enough

• Author:Paula Yoo
• Patty's immigrant parents expect her to be a "P.K.D"
  (perfect Korean daughter), which means that between
  AP classes, violin, church and Ivy League applications,
  Patty gets little time-and less encouragement-to figure
  out what she wants for herself. When she develops a
  crush on a new boy and forms a friendship with him, her
  romantic feelings go unrequited but he does show her to
  think more broadly, encouraging her to take her violin
  teacher's advice and apply to Juilliard (her parents insist
  there is "no security in music").
• Reading level: 5.1; AR points: 7.0
Sweethearts

• Author: Sara Zarr
• Jennifer Harris, years after being the
  tormented outsider on the playground, has
  reinvented herself into Jenna Vaughn, a
  popular girl with what seems to be the
  perfect life, but when a childhood friend re-
  enters her life, she is forced to confront the
  most traumatic event of her past and
  question who she really is.
• Reading level: 5.1; AR points: 7.0

				
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