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Hi! I’m Sara, one of the owners here at Books Series Recaps, and I built this list for other Christian parents and readers like me. I’ve been on the lookout for great YA novels written by Christian fiction authors. Are you looking for Christian fiction books for teens recommended or written by Christian authors? Here are a few I’ve found and read, and some that were suggested to me by friends, family, and trusted authors. I wouldn’t consider all of these as having an obvious Christian message, but all are written from a Christian worldview.

**This page is in progress. Please help me build this list of Christian novels for teens by adding your suggestions in the comments! I would truly love your input, so I can pass those books on to my tween and teen kids. Thank you!

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You can find even more suggestions on Christian author, Sara Watterson’s website in her post called Clean Books for Teens and Tweens. You can sign up to get her quarterly clean YA and Christian book suggestions on her website. (This is a different list than any of our Book Series Recaps newsletters.)

All Christian Young Adult Fiction on our list are clean books. What is a clean book?

To me, a clean book has little to no language and no sex, sexual situations, or themes.

**AUTHORS: We’re always looking for authors who write Christian YA fiction books. If that’s you, please list it in the comments below (no links, please). READERS, don’t forget to check the comments!

List of Christian Authors who write YA books for teens

I’ll add to this list as I go, but here are a few Christian authors who write books for teens.

  • Sara Watterson
  • Eva Austin
  • Nadine Brandes
  • Sara Ella
  • Candice Pedraza Yamnitz
  • D.S. Fisichella
  • Jennifer Kropf
  • Ashley Bustamante
  • Stefanie Lozinski
  • Cathy McCrumb
  • Kara Swanson
  • Victoria McCombs
  • Nova McBee
  • Candace Kade
  • C.J. Milacci
  • Stephanie Daniels
  • Bradley Caffee
  • Melanie Dickerson

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Best Christian youth fiction books for teens and tweens (in my opinion 😉 )

Here’s my list of YA books by Christian authors. Readers: please, check the comments for more ideas and don’t forget to add your additional suggestions!

  1. This Dreamer by Sara Watterson
    christian books for teens - this Dreamer
    This is a young adult Christian fiction novel inspired by the Biblical story of Joseph and his dreams. It contains a strong message of forgiveness as well as finding purpose and belonging in your creator.
    christian fiction for teens
  2. My Favorite Color is Your Something Blue by Eva Austin
    clean ya romance novel
    Super cute and clean YA contemporary romance novel. A sweet summer romance about overcoming first impressions. Contents: No language, no sex, brief kissing, good family values. First in a series.
    christian fiction for teens
  3. A Soul as Cold as Frost by Jennifer Kropf
    christian novels for teens -frost
    This is a fun wintery YA fantasy fiction with Narnia vibes. Like, the Chronicles of Narnia books, this series carries a subtle Christian message.
    christian fiction for teens
  4. Wishtress by Nadine Brandes
    christian novels for teens - wishtress
    I haven’t finished this one, but it was recommended to me by a trusted source. YA Fantasy.
    christian fiction for teens
  5. Mortal Queens by Victoria McCombs
    mortal queens
    A fun and clean young adult fantasy books with an interesting premise and a touch of romance. YA Fantasy.
    christian fiction for teens
  6. Dreamer by D.S. Fisichella
    contemporary ya christian novel
    This is a YA contemporary Christian fiction novel for teens. It may be geared more toward teens than tweens. In this novel, the author shows that Christian teens often must deal with big issues. They make mistakes, they forgive, they deal with mental health problems and loss, and, through it all, they must reach out to those who need Jesus.
    christian fiction for teens
  7. Unbetrothed by Candice Pedraza Yamnitz
    Unbetrothed - a clean fantasy read
    I haven’t finished this one, but it was recommended to me by a trusted source. YA Fantasy.
    christian fiction for teens
  8. Enhanced by Candace Kade
    enhanced candace kade
    Loved this YA dystopian by Christian author, Candace Kade!
    christian fiction for teens
  9. Once Upon a Western by Rachel Kovaciny
    once upon a western
    I haven’t finished this one, but it was recommended to me by a trusted source. YA Fantasy Retelling.
    christian fiction for teens
  10. Vivid by Ashley Bustamante
    christian fictions books for teen girls - vivid
    This is a fun YA fantasy fiction read with a touch of romance.
    christian fiction for teens
  11. Recorder by Cathy McCrumb
    ya christian science fantasy
    I enjoyed this YA science fiction by Christian author Cathy McCrumb.
    christian fiction for teens
  12. The Wonderland Trials by Sara Ella
    ya christian fairytale retelling
    I haven’t finished this one, but it was recommended to me by a trusted source. YA Fantasy.
    christian fiction for teens
  13. The Chase by Bradley Caffee
    the chase bradley caffee
    This is an exciting competition-based YA dystopian. I think both girls and boys will love it.
    christian fiction for teens
  14. Magnify by Stefanie Lozinski
    christian fiction authors - magnify
    I haven’t finished this one, but it was recommended to me by a trusted source. YA Fantasy.
    christian fiction for teens
  15. Calculated by Nova McBee
    calculated, a book by christian author
    I loved this YA contemporary thriller by Nova McBee!
    christian fiction for teens
  16. The Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson
    the healers apprentice
    Melanie Dickerson’s fairy tale reimaginings are great! This one is based on sleeping beauty.
    christian fiction for teens
  17. Dust by Kara Swanson
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    I haven’t finished this one, but it was recommended to me by a trusted source. YA Fantasy.
    christian fiction for teens
  18. Oathbound by Victoria McCombs
    christian fiction writers
    I haven’t finished this one, but it was recommended to me by a trusted source. YA Fantasy.
    christian fiction for teens
  19. Recruit of Talionis by C.J. Milacci
    recruit of talionis
    I haven’t finished this one, but it was recommended to me by a trusted source. YA Dystopian.
    christian fiction for teens
  20. The Uncertainty of Fire by Stephanie Daniels
    the uncertainty of fire
    This is an excellent Christian YA historical romance set during the time of the Great Chicago Fire.
    christian fiction for teens

**P.S. Find even more suggestions at Christian author Sara Watterson’s website on her post called Clean Books for Teens and Tweens.

Please make your suggestions for Christian novels for teens and YA Christian book authors in the comments:

I would love your input. Readers and authors, please leave your suggestions for Christian fiction books for teens in the comments. My tastes lean mostly toward Christian fantasy authors, so I particularly need your help in finding a variety of genres for this list. Please let me know your favorite YA books by Christian authors below.

34 thoughts on “Christian fiction books for teens – YA books by Christian authors”

  1. Please check Pastor Henderson of https://www.keionhenderson.com/christian-authors Founder too, CEO and Senior Pastor of The Lighthouse Church & Ministries. I hope you add him to your list of best christian authors. He inspired many people of all genres and backgrounds to face life’s challenging stages with tools, courage, and purpose including me.

  2. I love the Sunlit Lands series by Matt Mikalatos. Its a really great Christian fantasy triology, kind of like Narnia for Young Adults.

  3. Hi! I’m A.D. German! As a newly published, Christian, indie author, I wanted to reach out and share with you my debut novel, The Lost King’s Daughter–Book 1 of my 3-part YA medieval Christian fantasy series In the Shadow of Emerald Fire!

    I geared my book toward young girls ages 12 and up (though young boys (and adults of all ages) have been known to be interested in it, too!). It is a clean, Godly read with a touch of clean romance thrown in! There’s also mystery, action and adventure, harrowing escapes, strong male and female characters, and even a puzzle or two! If this sounds like something for you, check out The Lost King’s Daughter, available at both Amazon and Apple! Happy reading, and hope you enjoy!! 🙂

    You can also follow me on Instagram @adgermanbooks for fun story facts and other random things!

  4. Pleasantown Jesus Freaks Series by Sherry Schwarcz

    Christian fiction and devotionals about modern challenges faced by teens with a Christian worldview. The first three books in The Pleasantown Jesus Freaks series (Confess, Sacrifice and Humble) are available now. The next novel (Witness) is under construction and is based on a recent mission trip to South America.

  5. The Rin by Serena Chase is a Christian Fantasy allegorical story that is an excellent series.of 4 books.
    The Girl with Stars in her Eyes by Dawn Ford is the first of a series, book 2 just released.
    The Kingdom of Dragons by Cara Ruegg is a middle grade series.
    Donita K Paul has a series, Dragonspell is first on book.
    Arena by Karen Hancock.
    There are so many great Christian fiction books available for teens now.

  6. Looking for recommendations for troubled young teen girl who might be turned off by something clearly labeled Christian. She’s searching for identity, I’m afraid in the wrong places.

  7. Hi, guys. I’m hoping you’ll still give my Lost Stones of Argonia series a read. Books 1 & 2 (Kingdom Lost and Quest of the Queen) are out, and the finale of the trilogy is due out this month. Clean YA fantasy with light romance. Not Christian as such, but strong encouragement to readers to consider something more than a materialistic worldview. Thanks!

  8. “Your website is a treasure trove for anyone looking to deepen their faith and understanding of Christian principles.

  9. Hello, these are clean fantasy authors, maybe some other genre authors, some have more than one series:
    Bill Myers
    W R Gingell
    Brittany Fichter
    Deborah Grace White
    Nancy Rue
    Debby Vigiue
    Bryan Davis
    Nicole Patrice Thomas
    Alyssa Roat
    Emily Deady
    Erynn Mangum
    K M Shea
    Dee Henderson

    I’m 18 and discovered some of these series. Some books can be read by both boys and girls and some seem tailored to one gender, so feel free to choose!

  10. Thanks so much for putting this list together!

    Check out Branded by Joseph T. Humphrey. It’s my favorite book! A review on Amazon calls it “The Matrix meets the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” It’s a contemporary fantasy/supernatural thriller YA novel, but it’s for adults also. It has high-wire tension, deep-hearted emotion, and Christian underpinnings.


  11. Thank you so much for putting this all together! My daughter has such a hard time finding clean books! This is beyond helpful!!

    1. No problem! And please let me know if you find anything great that’s not already on the list!

  12. Jerry b Jenkins

    The left behind series now there are 40 books but they are all good

  13. Jerry b Jenkins

    The left behind series now there are 40 books but they are all good

  14. Check out The Wingfeather Saga. It’s theoretically middle school, but my teens adore it too! It’s fantasy, funny, and has Christian themes, especially in the last book.

  15. My favorite series growing up was the Christy Miller series followed by the Sierra Jensen series, both by Robin Jones Gunn. Both series are about coming of age/high school and geared more towards young girls. She also continues Christy’s story into college years, marriage, and babies. There is a spinoff series with characters from both Christy’s and Sierra’s books, as well as other books geared towards adult women. Love Love Love this author! My mother and I both have read lots of her stuff

  16. I think it is wonderful that you have created this resource. Some of these titles seem very dark. I’m a Christian mom and have been a teacher for 20 years and I noticed that a lot of times the kids that are struggling, socially, mentally or seem to have a demonic influence almost always favor fantasy books. I think that it’s good for older teens to read books that approach sex from a godly point of view, such as showing them, the design is better and works doesn’t come with regret books by authors Karen Kingsbury emphasize romance and downplay what the world says about relationships without being graphic. I think it’s important because teens and older teens have natural God-given feelings on the topic and need guidance that doesn’t seem far away from reality. I’ve also seen a lot of teen girls that struggle with looking feminine looking pretty, which there’s nothing wrong with. Since the world is pushing so much on our children and it’s unavoidable, even sometimes when you homeschool, I think it’s very important to have open honest age appropriate conversations with kids as much as possible about what is going on in the world around you and the lies that Satan is telling people. Some female teens and preteens I meet come from such isolated families that that they seemed ashamed but their sexuality and afraid to look beautiful of feminine.

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