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All we can say is WOW. And THANK YOU! We’ve been overwhelmed by the response to the new clean YA segment of the website, and we couldn’t be happier about it. In the ever-changing book market and the ever-expanding young adult genre, we are passionate about providing a list of current books which we consider clean. We want to find reads high on world building and character development and low on bad language and adult scenes. And now we know you do, too. ☺

User recommended cleen teen page coming soon

We never dreamed we’d have so many comments so quickly, and nearly all of them have been suggestions for books to add to our list. This is exactly what we were hoping for, especially since we mainly read sci-fi and fantasy. We’re excited to have many suggestions outside of these genres, and we hope to start a new user-recommended page soon.

We pledge to continue our search for clean books as we read our way through 2019, but there are only three contributors at Book Series Recaps. We’ll continue to need your help, so please keep the suggestions coming. As we partner with you, we hope this list continues to grow by leaps and bounds!


review spotlight - mortal engines

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

While this clean read comes with a violence warning, those mature enough to handle it (and who also love dystopian) might want to pick up Mortal Engines. The movie came out in December, and since one of my all-time favorite things is to read a book and then watch the movie, I call that a huge bonus!

If you’re looking for something unique and really out there, this may be just the ticket.  Here’s the premise: In a dystopian future where living on the bare earth was impossible, cities became mobile — even the big cities. We’re talking London-size. These mountainous metropolises roam the earth and devour other smaller towns for their resources. They live by a code called Municipal Darwinism. It’s a “city eat city world” out there.

If you can handle that crazy premise, you will probably…read more


Bookish Fun from Pinterest:


New to Our List

Maybe you haven’t visited our clean YA page in a while. We’ve added a few new books we want to let you know about.


Search Engine Suggestion:

common sense media

Instead of perusing a list of clean books, do you need to check on a specific title? We want to provide you with links to some of our most valuable resources. We suggest CommonSenseMedia.org. Their list of books certainly isn’t comprehensive, but it’s one of the bigger databases we’ve found.


Parent Corner:

Everyone who lands on our Clean YA page is in search of the same thing: clean reads. While some of our readers are teens, we know some are parents searching for great books for their young readers. We want to provide a special segment in this newsletter where we can talk directly to parents. 

We recently came across an amazing resource we wanted to share with you: Axis.org. It’s a site dedicated to translating teen culture for parents. They have resources directly on the website and also send out a regular newsletter to help parents “gain weekly insight into how your students are influenced.” We haven’t been on their email list for long, but we’re already impressed by the data they provide. Axis is a Christian based company but their information about Teen Culture is good for parents of all backgrounds.


We’re excited to get our reader-suggested page up and running in the near future. So keep those suggestions coming, and we’ll let you know when the new page is live. 

Until next time,
~ Sara and Stacy

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2 thoughts on “Clean Reads for 2019”

    1. Sara and Stacy, the editors of this website, have come up with the following guidelines to use as we choose books to add to our clean YA list: “Our goal with this section of our website is to find clean teen books that are great for tweens, teens, or anyone looking for exciting books without sexual content and without excessive language. We have found that violence is usually not the main concern, but we will always make note if we think the violence is excessive (even if there is no sex or language).”

      We understand that “clean” is defined differently by different people. We’re sure some readers would want a more narrow definition and some would want a wider one. This is merely our criteria that we apply as we search for books to add to our Clean YA Books list. Check out the full list here: https://www.bookseriesrecaps.com/clean-ya-books-for-teens-and-tweens/

      Thanks for your question! 🙂

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