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This page is an extension of our popular page called “Clean YA books for teens, tweens, or anyone.” One of the common requests we receive from that page is clean book recommendations for teen boys, so we’ve compiled a list of clean YA reads that are teen boy-approved.

There are two sections to this page:

  • The first is our editor-recommended books.
  • The second is our reader-recommended books.
  • For this section, we haven’t read each of the titles listed but, rather, some were suggestions from trusted websites as well as from our awesome readers.

Please share your recommendations below in the comments! We’d love for this list to grow quickly since our readers ask us for it often. We are particularly looking for non-fantasy titles.

Also, see our editor-recommended Clean YA books for teens, tweens, or anyone for more ideas.


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Editor-Recommended Clean Books for Teen Boys:

The Reckoners Series

The Ascendance Trilogy

The Riyria Revelations

The Stormlight Archive

Ashlords

The Inheritance Cycle series by Christopher Paolini 

Peak

Editor-Recommended books with elevated violence only

Ender’s Game (*violence warning*)

The Hunger Games (*violence warning*)

Maze Runner (*violence warning*)

Mortal Engines (*violence warning*)


Reader-Recommended Clean Books for Boys:

Peter Nimble duology by Jonathan Auxier

Thief of Always by Clive Barker

The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill

The Door Within trilogy by Wayne Thomas Batson

Isle of Swords series by Wayne Thomas Batson

Peter and the Starcatchers series by Dave Berry

Hostage: Bodyguard series by Chris Bradford

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubraker Bradley

The Heritage of Shannara by Terry Brooks

Mickey Bolitar series by Harlan Coben

Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

Dragons in Our Midst series by Bryan Davis

Echoes from the Edge trilogy by Bryan Davis

The Young Refugees series by Ed Dunlop

Michael Vey series by Richard Paul Evans

The Brotherband Chronicles by John Flanagan

The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan

The Blackhope Enigma trilogy by Teresa Flavin

The Heir of Ariad by Niki Florica

Spy School series by Stuart Gibbs

The Half Bad trilogy by Sally Green

Theodore Boone series by John Grisham

The Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz

The Seer: The Kalila Chronicles by Erin R. Howard

Red Rock Mysteries by Jerry B. Jenkins (probably not for older teens)

Children of the Lamp series by P. B. Kerr (probably not for older teens)

Young Sherlock Holmes series by Andy Lane

The King Raven Trilogy by Stephen Lawhead

Dreamhouse Kings series by Robert Lipanulo

The Giver series by Lois Lowry

The Unwanteds series by Lisa McMann

Greenglass House series by Kate Milford

The Beyonders Trilogy by Brandon Mull (some violence)

Dragonwatch series by Brandon Mull

The Five Kingdoms Quintet by Brandon Mull (some violence but not as much as Beyonders)

Eli by Bill Myers

Forbidden Doors series by Bill Myers

The God Hater by Bill Myers

Galendor trilogy by W. Eric Myers

Children of the Red King series by Jenny Nimmo

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Dragon Keepers series by Donita K. Paul

The Cooper Kids Adventure series by Frank E. Peretti (for younger readers)

Children of the Stars by Freddie Perez

The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson

Track series by Jason Reynolds

Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs (creepy)

Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians series by Brandon Sanderson

Arc of a Scythe series by Neal Shusterman (violence)

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

The Dark Side of Nowhere by Neal Shusterman

Unwind Dystology series by Neal Shusterman

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

The Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Legends of the First Empire series by Michael J. Sullivan

Wings of Fire series by Tui Sutherland

The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner (for younger readers)

The Murderbot Diaries series by Martha Wells

The Leviathan trilogy by Scott Westerfeld

Classic Novels

The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas

The Three Musketeers by Alexndre Dumas

Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Dracula by Bram Stoker

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