Because reading is the gateway to knowledge and lifelong learning, 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. Librarians serving young adults in school and public libraries recognize the need for books written for this audience. We know the quality of this writing is imperative so that as adults our patrons will continue to seek knowledge and recreation through well-written books. The goals of the Gateway Readers Award are the following: To encourage Missouri young adults in grades nine through twelve to select and read quality literature that appeals to their needs, interests and reading levels. To recognize and honor outstanding works in young adult literature. To develop a cooperative relationship among schools, libraries and teens. To encourage the development of school and public library services to teens.