Teen Read Challenge @LNHS

#takeit by March 25, 2019

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

Top 10 Graphic Novels (2018)

The top 10, 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.

  • The Backstagers by James Tynion IV and illustrated by Rian Sygh
  • Black Hammer, Volume 1: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire and illustrated by Dean Ormston
  • Brave by Svetlana Chmakova
  • I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina and illustrated by Stacey Robinson & John Jennings
  • Jonesy, Volumes 1,2,& 3 by Sam Humphries and illustrated by Caitlin Rose Boyle
  • Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Damian Duffy & Octavia E. Butler and illustrated by John Jennings
  • Lighter than My Shadow by Katie Green
  • My Brother's Husband by Gengoroh Tagame
  • Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
  • Spill Zone by Scott Westerfield and illustrated by Alex Puvilland

Gateway Award (2018-2019)

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.

  • Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
  • When We Collided by Emery Lord
  • The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
  • Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • Nemesis by Anna Banks
  • Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee by Mary G. Thompson
  • The Memory Book by Lara Avery
  • My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  • Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  • All the Gallant Men by Donald Stratton & Ken Gire

2018 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 ALA Youth Media Awards, with a shortlist of up to five titles named the first week of December.


  • Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman


  • #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women edited by Mary Beth Leatherdale & Lisa Charleyboy
  • Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism by Marc Aronson & Marina Budhos
  • The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers adn the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater
  • The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found by Martin W. Sandler

Advanced Placement 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

  • All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis
  • The Black Witch by Laurie Forest
  • Book of Lies by Teri Terry
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
  • The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy
  • How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez
  • The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Invictus by Ryan Graudin
  • The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  • Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
  • Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
  • Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
  • Paper Hearts by Ali Novak
  • Remember Me Always by Renee Collins
  • Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne
  • Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  • Warcross by Marie Lu
  • Waste of Space by Gina Damico
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  • Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley