Teen Read Challenge @LNHS

#takeit by March 26, 2018

Read and report on 15 books from the lists below to earn a $25 gift card.

Top 10 Graphic Novels (2017)

The top 10 titles, drawn from 170 official nominations, is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The books, recommended for those ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens.

  • Giant Days, Vol. 1 & 2 by John Allison and Lissa Treiman
  • Black Panther, Book One: A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nehisi Coates and BBrian Stelfreeze
  • Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
  • Plutona by Jeff Lemire and Emi Lennox
  • March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
  • Flimish: a Graphic Journey Through Film by Edward Ross
  • Prez, Vol. 1: Corndog in Chief by Mark Russel, Ben Caldwell and Mark Morales
  • orange: The Complete Collection 1 by Ichigo Takano
  • Paper Girls 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang
  • We Stand On Guard by Brian K. Vaughan, Steve Skroce, and Matt Hollingsworth

Gateway Award (2017-2018)

Because the teen years are the gateway to adulthood, and because Missouri was the Gateway to the West, the Gateway Readers Award is for authors of books chosen by high school students in Missouri.

  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  • Inherit Midnight by Kate Kae Myers
  • Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee
  • Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
  • Made Y ou Up by Francesca Zappia
  • Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • This Raging Light by Estelle Laure
  • A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
  • Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
  • Torn Away by Jennifer Brown
  • The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zack by Brian Katcher
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams

2017 Nonfiction Award

YALSA's Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a Nov. 1 – Oct. 31 publishing year. The winner is announced annually at the ALAYouth Media Awards, with a shortlist of up to five titles named the first week of December.


  • March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell


  • Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History by Karen Blumenthal
  • In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives by Kenneth C. Davis
  • Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner
  • This Land is Our Land: A History of American Immigration by Linda Barrett Osborne

Advanced Placment Reading List

AP gives you the academic skills you need in college and can also give you more time to concentrate on the subjects that interest you.

The AP Reading List is too lengthy to publish, select the link to view.

Teen Read Week Books

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list

  • Nightstruck by Jenna Black
  • The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
  • Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
  • Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell
  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
  • Don't Get Caught by Kurt Dinan
  • The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
  • We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman
  • Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
  • Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout
  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  • The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid
  • Starflight by Melissa Landers
  • The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin
  • Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • All We Have Left by Wendy Mills
  • This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  • Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
  • P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
  • The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon