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My children and I have compiled this list of clean books for teens to help you determine books your teen can read so you won’t have to worry about the content. I recently picked up a book from the library for my daughter via a recommendation and she returned it to me unfinished because there were situations and language inside that made her feel uncomfortable. Yikes!
What is a “clean” book? I know everybody’s opinion may vary, but here is how we define a “clean” book. These books are not filled with swear words or sexual situations. None of these books have a mature 17+ rating. I generally err on the side of caution when it comes to “clean” books, but again, perspectives vary. If you consider the Twilight series to be acceptable books, then you should have no problem with any of the books recommended on this list. Incidentally, the Twilight series did NOT make this list, because it was just on the edge of what I would consider “clean” for teens. Finally, while I made this list for teens, many of these books are entertaining for adults too. In addition to enjoying the stories, reading some of the same books that my teens read has often provided opportunities for conversations that help build on the parent/teen relationship, which is always an added bonus.
We will do our best to update this post on a monthly basis. My children or I have personally read most of the book on this list to make sure they meet our standards for a clean read. Please leave suggestions on this post of books that you think are worthy to be added to this list and we will check them out.
Brandon Sanderson is one of my boys’ favorite author, he thinks this series is amazing. These books in this series are huge too, so it will keep your teens (or you) reading for awhile.
Brandon Mull is a favorite author of one of my other boys. I am pretty sure that most of the Brandon Mull series’ are clean.
An author that many of you recommended was Melanie Dickerson, I am thinking if you choose any of her books they should be good. Here is a sampling of some of her books, these all are a retelling of famous stories like Cinderella, Mulan, etc.
I’ve had several recommendations to add The Ranger’s Apprentice series to the list. One of my boys has read the entire series (it was a very long time ago though). He said that they were clean, but it some cases there was some violence. I don’t think the violence is anything too drastic, especially since so many of you have recommended this series for this list.
We’ve added some new books this month. We’ve added another Kasie West book, we haven’t read all her books but she is a pretty safe bet when it comes to clean books. We’ve also added the inspirational book by Ashley Eckstein, this one would make a great gift.
We are adding a the start of a series to the list. This series happens to be a part of Kindle Unlimited, so if you are a member you can read these all of these for free. My daughter is working on the 7 book series now, so we’ll be sure to add more if they meet the requirements.
A Wrinkle in Time will also work for younger kids/pre-teens, it is the start of a 5 book series. I think most of the books are clean also, but we will have to re-read them to make sure. It has been a long time since my son read all of the books. We’ve also added the 2 books in the Windy City Magic series.
I had a suggestion that the Brotherband Chronicles should be added to the list and I recall picking up book number 6 from the library for my son. I checked with him and he said they were all clean reads. There is some violence, but it isn’t too bad.
We’ve added yet another Kasie West book to the list. She is quickly becoming an “auto-buy” author for my daughter. The newest book P.S. I Like You gets off to a slow start but it quickly turns into a fun book with some witty banter (just like The Distance Between Us). I love that the main character has a very strong family dynamic. We recommend this one!
More books by Kasie West, both my daughter have enjoyed reading all of these! I love her writing style and I highly recommend them to share with your teens! The Distance Between us was so much fun, I would start with that one.
We’ve added the most recent book by Kiera Cass to this list. The covers of her books are always gorgeous (I’m one of those people that judges a book by it’s cover).
The Selection Series by Kiera Cass is a popular one, in fact your daughter may have read these already. My daughter has read the entire series and enjoyed them all.
Here is a series that boys will like, in fact, this series will even work for a slightly younger crowd too. I asked my son if he was sure that teens would like them and he assured me they would.
Like Kasie West, we are finding the books by Jennifer E. Smith are clean so you may want to check out more of her titles. She has a few others we haven’t read yet.
We’ve added a new book series to the list. This book series will be great for boys or girls and even works for a slightly younger crowd. While the books are aimed for tweens and young teens it has been promised to me that teens will love this book (this promise comes from my college age kid who is home for break).
The new books we are adding this month include two books by Ally Carter who also wrote the The Gallagher Girls which also made the list. There is also a 3rd book in this series, but my daughter hasn’t read that one yet. It seems to me most of Ally Carter’s books are clean so there is a good chance it will be worth reading too.
The Matched book is part of a series. I have read the entire series, but the last 2 books didn’t really “wow” me and they were more violent than the first one. I think they would still be fine for teens to read, I just wanted to give you a heads up on why I didn’t actually add them to this list. The Leviathan book is also part of a series and would be great for boys too (I am still working on compiling a list for boys and hope to have it up next month).
The Warrior Heir is the first in a series of 5 books. This series would be great for boys too. Better Off Friends was a great read, there was one swear word towards the very end of the book, so I wanted to give you a heads up on that if you want no foul language at all.
I highly recommend the Girl of Fire and Thorns, this book is part of a series, I haven’t had the chance to read the remaining books in the series, but I plan to soon. Stargirl is being made into a movie, so read the book before it hits the screen (that’s a rule at our house…if you want to see a movie of a book adaptation you have to read the book first).
We’ve added 1 more Jenny B. Jones book to the clean read list. So far all of her books we have read are clean, so you may want to check out her other titles too. Stacy Stallings is also an author that is known to have clean books so you may want to check out other titles by her as well.
We’ve added the Christy Miller series to the list, there are actually 9 books in the original series (we’ve included 3 volumes each with 3 books). There have since been additional books added to this series, but we haven’t had the chance to read them yet.
The Michael Vey series was loved by both boys and girls in our family. My husband even read it with our 8 year old and they both liked it. It’s a great series for the whole family.
All of these books are the first in a series, we’ll keep you updated if the rest of the books are as great as the first books in the series.
All of these book have a sci-fi feel to them. My son was actually the one that read all of these and he enthusiastically recommends them all (for guys and girls)
I have heard nothing but great things about the Katie Parker Productions series. I loved that I was able to pick up the Kindle edition of the first book for FREE!
The Gallagher Girls is one of my daughter’s favorite series, she has actually read most of these books more than once. Definitely two thumbs up from her on the entire series.
The Finding June series has an LDS girl as the main character and my daughter loved them both. I’m a sucker for a good cover an the Finding June cover is simply the cutest. UnEnchanted by Chandra Hahn is a great book that has gotten a ton of great reviews on Amazon. The best part, the Kindle edition is usually FREE.
Many of you recommended we check out the Princess Academy series. These books are perfect for younger teens and tweens too. Make sure you check out other books by Shannon Hale, I have heard that many of her books are clean.
Counting by 7s, will also work for tweens. It’s a great book, I even enjoyed it as an adult.
I have included links for all of these books at Amazon for both the print and Kindle editions. I highly recommend checking to see if these books are available at your library. I love, love, love my library system and I especially love the fact that I can check out ebooks with the OverDrive Media Console (it’s the coolest thing ever – no more late fees!)
Don’t forget to leave suggestions for books we can add to this list. Happy reading!