There is a particular conversation that keeps cropping up between Stacy and I (the editors of this website…who both happen to be moms of young teens) and many of our readers: the face of YA is changing. There is no doubt about it. Young Adult books are becoming more and more mature, and the trend will probably continue in that direction as more adults are reading them. Parents and readers alike are looking for clean teen books.

Book publishers want to sell books, and when the average age of readers goes up, you can expect the content to change with it. Perhaps that’s fine for some, but according to our conversations with several librarians, we are losing readers as they hit the tween and early teen years. This is a time when they are not yet comfortable with YA books but feel too old for middle-grade books. Did you read that? We’re losing them as readers…many, perhaps, for the rest of their lives.

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).

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We created a new page for all of your wonderful suggestions! Take a look at our reader-recommended clean teen page and check back often. We’ll periodically update the page as new suggestions emerge in the comments of this page. Happy reading!

Our suggestions for Clean Teen Books:

This list is a work in progress. We hope it soon burgeons into a long list with choices covering a wide variety of reader tastes. The categories we’ve incorporated so far are general clean teen books (for standalone novels and complete series as well as unfinished series), clean books with elevated violence only, and clean “tween” books (YA books with a younger feel). We hope to add a category featuring classics teens will love, and we welcome category suggestions from our readers. If you have a category in mind, please let us know in the comments!

For now, we’ll get started with a few of our favorite clean teen books that we’ve come across in recent years. If you see only one book listed in a series, that probably just means we haven’t read the others in the series. Don’t forget to check out our book reviews and recaps for more information on a particular book.

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General Clean Teen Books:
(Standalone Novels and Completed Series)


The Lunar Chronicles

Heartless

The Crown’s Game

P.S. I Like You

The Fill-in Boyfriend

The Reckoners Series

Matched Series

The Heir Chronicles

The Ascendance Trilogy

The Riyria Revelations

River of Time Series

The Selection Series

The Siren

It Started with Goodbye

The Doon Series

Curio

Everland Series

Vega Jane Series

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow

Silver in the Blood

Atlantia

Hunted

Book of a Thousand Days

The Books of Bayern

The Storyteller’s Daughter: A Retelling of Arabian Nights

The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy

Hagenheim Series

The WaterFire Saga

The Near Witch

Fawkes

Belle

General Clean Teen Books:
(Unfinished Series–at least one book yet to be published)

The Queen’s Rising

The Stormlight Archive

Clash of Kingdoms

The Winternight Trilogy

Everless Series

Mirage Series

The Traitor’s Game

The Lady Janies


Clean Teen Books with Elevated Violence only:

As we mentioned above, from what we have heard, most readers and parents are concerned with sexual content over mild language and violence. Here are a few “clean” selections that come with a strong violence warning:

Ender’s Game (*violence warning*)

Partials Sequence (*violence warning*)

The Hunger Games (*violence warning*)

Maze Runner (*violence warning*)

Mortal Engines (*violence warning*)


Clean “Tween” Books:

If you have a tween or a young teen, then this category is for you! Even if the books mentioned above are clean, your young reader might not be ready to read about older characters or the issues facing them. These are the clean books we’ve found which have a younger feel to them.

The Enchanted Sonata

Scripted Unscripted

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series

Septimus Heap Series

TodHunter Moon Series

Magisterium Series

The Palace Chronicles

Wildwood Series

A Curse as Dark as Gold

Heir to the Sky

The Two Princesses of Bamarre

Fairest

Ella Enchanted

A Tale of Two Castles Series

A Twisted Tale Series

Princess Academy Series

Kingdom Keepers Series

Kingdom Keepers: The Return Series


How can you help?

We are just getting started with this section of our website, so we need your help. Please add your own suggestions for clean YA books to the comments. Kids today want to read current literature, so while we will add some classics, we would love to have suggestions for books that have recently been published. This would be a great place to promote a new author you’ve discovered who writes clean YA fiction. Stacy and I are passionate about this subject, and we want to help these authors find their place in the publishing world. We need more authors that fit this category!

We only have so many hours in the day and cannot read all suggestions. If someone else makes a suggestion that you think should not be on our clean teen book list, please let us know and be sure to include why you feel this way. We want to partner with you and are excited to work with our readers on this project!

Check back on this page for updates to our lists of books and websites. We’ll recap our most recent additions in our Clean Teen Newsletter. Don’t forget to leave your suggestions in the comments and scroll up to join our clean teen mailing list. We’d love to hear from you and find more clean reads and authors in the bookish world! 🙂

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116 thoughts on “Clean YA books for teens, tweens, or anyone”

  1. I recently read The Girl of Fire and Thorns… the first two are clean, but the last book has on-page sex. Just a heads up. Everless is also a great, clean book without sex. So is Heartless, by Marissa Meyer.

    1. Thank you Madeline! I will adjust the page. Sounds like The Girl of Fire and Thorns is not worthy of this list. I am going to remove it.

  2. Jennifer E Smith books (This Is What Happy Looks Like, Geography of you and Me eat al), Morgan Matson (Amy & Rogers Epic Detour, Since You’ve been Gone).

    1. I agree that there is a fair amount of language in this series, and two of the main characters do end up having sex in one of the later books, although it is not graphically described or anything, but it is very clear that it happens.

      1. Yes, these books are really good, and Scythe definitely shows the sacredness of life as a main theme… I love this author

  3. Ally Carter – Embassy Row Series
    Meg Cabot – Heather Wells Mysteries – Size 12 Is Not Fat, size 14 Is Not Fat Ether, Big Boned.

  4. River of Time Series by Lisa Tawn Bergren – Waterfall – Cascade – Torrent.
    Front Lines by. Micheal Grant.
    The Runnung Dream by Wendy Van Draanen.
    Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch.
    The Keeper Cronicles Deries by Becky Wallace (Storyspinner, Skylighter)
    The.Night Circus by Erin Morgensten
    Amy & Rogers Epic Detour Morgan Matson
    A Girl Called Featless by Catherine Linka
    The Goos Girl by Shannon Hale
    Michael Vey Series. BY Richard Paul Evans
    Shelter, seconds Away, Found by Harlan Coben
    Charlotte Holmes Series – A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavalarro
    Graceling by Kristin Cashore
    Red QueebySeries by Victoria Aveyard

    1. I do love the Night Circus, but it should be mentioned that that book does have a sex scene in it.

  5. Hey..YES!! I’m a YA author and have 12 and 13 year old girls who want to read YA. It’s SO difficult without reading everything first.

    My two YA Sci-fi series are completely clean. Some violence, but not graphic.

    The Configured Trilogy- by Jenetta Penner
    The Starfire Wars- by Jenetta Penner

  6. Hi!!! First of all I LOVE your website. I stumbled across it when I realized I really didn’t remember half of One Dark Throne when I started my fresh new just-in copy of Two Dark Reigns and you’ve saved me. Thank you! To this list, I’d like to add The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill which is, in my opinion, the most “clean book” I’ve had in years! I loved it 🙂 also, I read The Novice by Taran Matharu, and it does have fighting so there’s the warning for that, but in the first book, there’s not really any sign of romance,which I greatly appreciated 🙂
    I hope this helps you!

  7. An oldie but a goodie, Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series is clean! It has one mention of ‘the B-word,’ but it calls it ‘the B-word,’ rather than uses it.

  8. She Loves You, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah by Ann Hood… Normal teen angst-your best friend is hanging out with the popular girls-genuinely engaging without 2018 problems

  9. I’m a school librarian (K-8), and I wouldn’t include Meyer’s Fairest on the clean list.
    There is sex in it, and I wouldn’t call it consensual.

    1. Thanks for letting us know, Erika! 🙂 I had forgotten about that part of the book. I removed Fairest from the list.

  10. This is an awesome idea! Good, clean stuff is so hard to find! Some of my suggestions are:
    The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine; The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson; A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter; The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist; Miss Burton Unmasks a Prince by Jennifer Moore; Chances Are by Tracy Hunter Abramson; Love, Life and The List by Kasie West; The Traitor Prince by C.J. Redwine; Not if I Save You First by Ally Carter; Kiss of the Spindle by Nancy Campbell Allen; and Love at First Note by Jenny Proctor

  11. Thanks for this list! I have a tween and soon-to-be one who are voracious readers, and well above their age level in reading. It’s a challenge to find clean series for them. Can’t wait to join your list to keep up to date!
    Do you only list/review SciFi or Fantasy? If not, please list more ‘adventure’ and ‘mystery’ genre books, when you can.

    Here are a few recommendations from my kids:
    Spy School series by Stuart Gibbs
    Warriors (and others) series by Erin Hunter
    Dragonet Prophecy series by Tui Sutherland

    1. Thank you for your recommendations, Catherine. Our list, as well as our reviews and recaps, lean more toward SciFi/Fantasy because that’s what we love to read the most! I will take your advice into account. 🙂

      1. Thanks, Sara!
        Warriors series (1st is Into the Wild) and Dragonet Prophecy series both fall into Fantasy genre. 🙂

    2. My 11 year old kiddo love, love, loves all the Stewart Gibbs novels. He is currently devouring “The Mysterious Benedict Society” by Trenton Lee Stewart. John Grisham also has a “Kid Lawyer” series that I was going to try next. Agreed that adventure/mystery novels would be a good category to add. So glad I stumbled onto this website!

  12. So glad I came across this list, it’s really hard to find good YA books without mature content.
    I would like to suggest Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger to be added to this list

  13. I really appreciate you compiling this list! Even as an older teen I like to read cleaner YA novels when at all possible, but it can be hard to know before actually getting into a book what content is in it!

    Fawkes by Nadine Brandes is a really good and clean YA novel. Also I would argue that Shadow of the Fox is pretty clean except for some innuendos, BUT I will mention that there is a lot of violence in that book.

  14. Hi Sara and Stacy,
    Another suggestion for the Clean Teen Books with Elevated Violence only section: the half bad trilogy by Sally Green.

  15. I am still looking for adventure and historical fiction for my teen boys who don’t like fantasy or sci fi. They like books like Bear Grylls and thé Mapmaker series. Many of the reviewers seem to be women and the book choices are weighted accordingly !

    1. What about Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom? It’s a series about all the prince charmings

      1. I love that series! The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom is a series that we read together as a family (kids from age 8-16), and all enjoyed. I would say that it is geared a little more towards the 12-13 age range.

  16. Sorry, I guess that is fantasy. How about classics like Man In the Iron Mask, Three Musketeers, Treasure Island, or autobio like Unbroken? Depends on their age of course.

  17. “The Lie Tree”, and “A Face Like Glass” (both by Francis Hardinge) are both really good clean YA books. Both could be classified as children’s books, but the themes are very thought-provoking, and younger readers might not fully understand some of the deeper thoughts.

    “Thirteenth Child” by Patricia Wrede is also a very fun clean YA (maybe Tween?) read!

  18. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to everyone who has commented on this post!!! Sara & I are thrilled we have so many readers who are also passionate about clean books for teens. We have decided to start a second page of clean YA books based on all of your recommendations. So check back soon for details on this new page. We’ve also found some additional resources to check for clean YA books. We’re excited to share more books with everyone very soon. Please help spread the word about our project, and please keep your recommendations coming! 🙂

  19. Dianna Wynne Jones wrote for children, to teens and YA. All her books I’ve read so far are clean.

  20. Thanks so much for this list. I have a 9yo/4th grader who reads well above his grade level, but the content begins to be inappropriate and this is the exact kind of list I’ve been hoping for. My wife did suggest getting a couple to read myself first and leaving them laying around – he always shows interest – but I’m waist deep in a stack I’m already behind on.

  21. Thank you so much for this initiative!

    Here are some series I would suggest:
    Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
    Children of the Red King – Jenny Nimmo
    Children of the Lamp – P. B. Kerr
    Redwall – Brian Jacques
    Inheritance – Christopher Paolini (violence)
    Chronicles of Narnia – C. S. Lewis

    1. When I was 11 and 12 I devoured all of the Redwall books, definitely second that suggestion! Another suggestion: I never really got into them but all my friends loved the Warriors series by Erin Hunter!

    2. Loved the Inheritance Series! Very clean, not a whole lot of violence, some though.

  22. Lots of romance but no LGBT books that I can see? Are you taking the stance that LGBT characters automatically make a book “dirty”? Or can you include them as “clean” provided there are no sex scenes? How about Ash by Malinda Lo, in that case? Or the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire or Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (both of these need a violence warning, but no sex)?

    1. Nope. No stance. We only put books Sara, Jacee, or I have read on this page, and the only one of those we have read is Six of Crows. We loved Six of Crows (and Crooked Kingdom, too—check out our reviews of each book here) and have recommended this series too many times to count. But we didn’t put them on this list because this series feels more mature to us. The subject matter and writing style feel closer to adult books, and we’ve developed this page to try to identify books on the younger side of YA. These more mature YA books (even if we love them) won’t hit this list. So check our reviews for our overall recommendations, but check this list if you’re looking for books that, in our opinion, fall on the younger side of YA. 🙂

  23. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan,
    A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland,
    Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple,
    and
    Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman!

    1. Where’d You Go and Eleanor Opliphant is Completely Fine are both adult books. Clean and good, but younger readers probably won’t get into them.

  24. I just finished “The Murderbot Diaries” series of 4 novellas and cannot recommend it more for your Clean Teen Books with Elevated Violence Section. Fantastic protagonist.

  25. I’ve outgrown some of the series and am looking for clean books for teens, so thank you! Your lists rock!
    I think someone already mentioned thies series, but the Mysterious Benidict Society is a great, clean series, as is The Viking Quest series…Boxcar Children and The Cooper Kids Adventure series for younger readers, Red Rock Mysteries for anyone, (well, probably not older teens…) E. D. Baker’s Frog Princess and Ed Dunlop’s Young Refugees series

  26. You should also do something like this but for people who are transitioning from YA to more mature books, because I love YA books but now they feel a little too childish for me and I have a few friends who do not know what to read either (for the same reason). I think this list is a great idea for tweens and I think it would be great to do it for other stages also 🙂

  27. I love this idea so much! It’s so important to get kids reading and even as a college student I still enjoy many of these books. Disclaimer: I haven’t read most of these in a while so I might be not remembering correctly, but I did look them up on commonsensemedia.org and they all seemed to pass.
    Some of my favorites:
    Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli — one of my absolute favorites growing up. There’s some romance but very innocent and no sex
    Wonder by R.J. Palacio — clean and I highly recommend
    The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman — has a fair amount of fantasy violence so probably for around 11 and 12 year olds (older tweens)
    The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale — it’s a series and I’ve only read the first one so I can’t vouch for all of them
    Don’t know if people are interested in graphic novels, but I personally loved (and continue to love) reading them. Here’s two:
    Nimona by Noelle Stevenson — violence but very cartoon-like and nothing disturbing or overly graphic
    Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Shannon Watters — again only read the first, but enjoyed it very much. A little language but pretty tame

  28. The Akarnae series by Lynette Noni is also an excellent clean series, with the last book being released feb 2019. Rangers Apprentice by John Flanagan is also amazing and clean. The Whisper series by Lynette Noni is also terrific and clean, with more books being released later.

  29. The book series circle of nine is a fantastic book series. Great characterization, and only mild language.

  30. I have found the unfortunate fairy tales (starts with UnEnchanted) by Chanda Hahn very clean and enjoyable.

  31. The Blackhope enigma books by Teresa flavin.
    The peculiar series by Ransom Riggs.
    The midnighters by Scott Westerfield.
    Lock and Mori by Heather Petty is a good one, and an interesting take on Sherlock Holmes.
    Abarat by Clive Barker is cool, as well as his book Thief of Always.

    1. The 1st book of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is slightly creepy, but it is clean.

  32. Why do they all seem to be futuristic or fantasy? Also, I disagree with at least one series, The Selection Series. As the books go on they get worse. I wouldn’t classify them as clean at all.

    1. I’m sorry that our genre range is small! We only put books that Sara, Jacee, or I have read on this page, and sci-fi and fantasy are favorites for all three of us. We’re going to try to broaden our range by adding a user-suggested page soon. We’ve had so many recommendations in the comments above that we want to incorporate them into a separate section.

      I haven’t read the Selection series, but one of our contributors has and deemed it clean. But we can certainly forget things and get it wrong! So I just did a follow-up check on Common Sense Media, one of the sources I like to use when researching a specific book or series. And according to the write-up on that website, the Selection series seems to meet the criteria we’re using on this page. I’ll check some of my other sources as well to make sure there isn’t something that Common Sense has left out.

      Thanks for your comment! 🙂

    2. I can also answer this from speaking to many Contemporary Genre YA authors.

      I think cleaner writing in sci-fi and fantasy YA is more plentiful because the author is creating a whole new world… including new rules and sometimes even new words. So it doesn’t seem “unrealistic” for there not to have swear words sometimes.

      In dystopian fiction (what I write) the characters are often too busy saving the world to have time for… eh hem.. too much romance. 😉

      For authors writing Contemporary Genre YA it’s hard for a lot of them to feel like the story isn’t genuine if there are not swearing characters and sex… because a lot of teens are swearing and having sex.

      Personally? I think it can be done in a way that can feel genuine, but I can see the side of those authors that don’t.

      1. I agree with so much of what you’ve said. I’ve published 2 picture books and am now revising a contemporary YA that I was told is a “sanitized” version of a teen. I’m struggling a bit now about what to do with that feedback.

        1. I’d buy your “sanitized” teen book! Not everyone wants reading material that’s been dirtied up, for their kids or for themselves. I admire what you’re doing!

  33. Tamora Pierce’s Circle of Magic Quartet Book #1 – Sandry’s Book is safe and it has been a WHILE since I read them, but I believe Tanith Lee’s Wolf Tower series is also safe. I read them in high school and I was definitely not ready to read anything explicit back then. Shug by Jenny Han (this is a contemporary)

    1. The whole first Circle series (Circle of Magic not The Circle Opens) is clean as far as I remember. The characters are 10-13ish throughout the series, and the curses are made up (“catdirt”). The sequel series The Circle Opens has elevated violence but is clean of sex (and possibly clean of kissing).

      It’s been a while since I’ve read Tamora Pierce’s Immortals series, but outside of a kissing scene in the last book, I’m not remembering any sexual content (though some parents may object to the romance as it is an older man, younger woman where he had previously been her instructor).

  34. Hi! You can also include the Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene is amazing, plus there is zero violence and is absolutely clean and good!

  35. The School for Good and Evil (there are 3 books) is a pretty clean series. They’re almost a retelling of our favorite fairy tales but with a twist.

  36. I don’t know if this has been suggested already, but all of Kaiser West’s books are clean and cute. I highly recommend her books.

  37. Thank you so much for this article! My daughter is 11 and has the exact issue that you described- she is interested in more “grown-up” themes, but she and I both don’t want her reading anything inappropriate.

  38. In today’s society, reading is done more by imposition than by pleasure, which is leading young people to not understand the deep meaning behind a handful of letters, words and sentences. They have stopped enjoying to obey what they dictate and this prevents them from developing with pleasure their vocabulary and their ease of comprehension and writing through all that it offers to read.

  39. I have not seen it posted, but I wasn’t able to read everything. If you haven’t read John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice and the spin-off series, BrotherBand , they are excellent and clean for 6th graders and up. Fairly high reading level, so they appeal to Fantasy readers, but there is not as much fantasy as say, Harry Potter. There is some violence, but nothing excessive. Definitely appeal to boys, but I do have some of my girls that love it as well. I highly recommend it.

    1. YES!!! Second John Flanagan’s books. They are also fabulous audiobooks. We home educate and do a ton of driving to practices and games and on trips – The Brother Band Chronicles have kept us company all fall!

  40. Maybe the Caraval Series by Stephanie Garber? There is some mild language, but no “f words,” assuming Finale has no sex or language. There’s also some scenes that are on the more passionate side (i.e. kissing), but no sex.

  41. First off, you so much for creating this list of clean reads! While I’m not yet a parent, I do love reading clean ya fiction myself and appreciated the work put into this.

    Here’s a list a books I’ve discovered over time that I’ve really enjoyed:

    -The Running Dream by Wendelin van Draanan
    – The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter
    – The Embassy Row Series by Ally Carter
    – Not if I Save You First by Ally Carter
    – Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas
    – The Redwall Series by Brian Jacques (I enjoyed these as a tween)
    – The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stieffater (I haven’ t read this one in a while. No language or sex as far as I remember, though I do believe there were a few crude references and would recommend for older teens.)
    Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett (though I haven’t yet read the second book in the series)
    Entwined by Heather Dixon
    Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
    City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster
    Gullstruck Island/The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge

  42. Great idea! My debut YA fantasy novel, Gems of Fire, was published November 2018 by Clean Reads. It’s aimed a little more for the younger end of YA and has mild battle-type violence. It’s the first in a series of three, but the next two are not published yet.

  43. The “Caraval” Trilogy by Stephanie Garber.
    All 3 books are just out!
    Mild language (No f–words)
    No sex (Maybe a couple allusions)
    Some passionate scenes (passionate kissing)
    This series is the probably best one I’ve ever read!

  44. Could I suggest my own series? It’s YA Fantasy which I began writing back when I was a teen myself. I would describe them as a mix of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and the His Dark Materials series. I focus more on the adventure and it has hints of romance but definitely no sex. The first book is The Order of the Rose, and the second in the series is due out later this year.

  45. I would recommend the Leviathan series by Scott Westerfield. Set in an alternative history of WWI, the series is a weird but cool combination of historical fiction, adventure, and sci-fi. If I remember correctly, it’s pretty clean and would be interesting to middle schoolers.

  46. The Ember in the Ashes series, I do not remember and explicit sex scenes, but there is violence.

    The Queens if Fennbrin Series, same as above.

    The Red Queen series, same as above.

    Scythe series, same as above.

    Unwind series, same as above.

    Between Shades of Gray and it’s companion book Salt to the Sea.

    The Librarian of Auschwitz

    And of course the Harry Potter, Narnia, Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Little House on the Prairie, series as well as great classics like The Secret Garden, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein, Dracula, and Little Women.

    On the younger end of YA there is:

    The Giver series, don’t stop at the first book.

    Out of My Mind, really a great read for all ages.

    One for the Murphy’s, same as above.

    The Mr. Terupt series.

    Wonder, really a great read for all ages.

    The War that Saved My Life, this is a two book series.

    Island of the Blue Dolphins.

    The Man Who Loved Clowns, better have a box of tissues handy!

    Hope these are worthy additions. I liked/loved most of them and so did my daughters.

  47. I forgot to add an author I read when I was younger and loved, devoured every book I could get my hands on Christopher Pike.

  48. The Galendor Trilogy is squeaky clean fantasy with Christian principles (much like Narnia). The voice is humorous and mixes modern verbiage with High Fantasy tropes.

    Galendor: Ye Dude from Yonder Forest
    Galendor: The Five Mugical Items
    Galendor: The Middle of Next Week

  49. A great clean book is Geekerella by Ashley Poston. It’s a sweet nerdy contemporary book.

  50. I’ve just completed Abbie Emmon’s 100 Days of Sunlight and it is so pure and definitely clean. I’m being asked increasingly by friends to suggest clean YA reads so will be sharing this link!

  51. I wish this list had existed when I was a teen!
    Some clean series I read then are:
    The Door Within trilogy and Isle of Swords/Isle of Fire by Wayne Thomas Batson
    Dragonkeeper Chronicles by Donita K Paul (first book is Dragonspell and companion series first book is Dragons of Chiril)
    Dragons in Our Midst series and Echoes from the Edge trilogy by Bryan Davis
    The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson
    The Heritage of Shannara by Terry Brooks

    And then one of my favorite (clean) reads of 2019 is To Best the Boys by Mary Weber!

    1. Yes! Wingfeather and all of the Dragons series by Bryan Davis are beloved at my house!

  52. Hi,
    Thank you so much for undertaking this task.
    Two comments, my kids don’t like fantasy series, would you please try to find more books out of that genre?
    Also, I would highly recommend the Alex Rider series and the Theodore Boone series.
    Thank you

  53. Hi,
    Thank you so much for undertaking this task.
    Two comments, my kids don’t like fantasy series, would you please try to find more books out of that genre?
    Also, I would highly recommend the Alex Rider series and the Theodore Boone series.
    Thank you

  54. Any by Brandon Mull, especially Fablehaven but also all the others. Great Fantasy writer aimed for younger and “cleaner” audiences

  55. Rick Riordan and Brandon Mull!!!!!! Would recommend to anyone and these writers fit the YA for both older teens and younger. Rick Riordan does have more thought provoking ideals later on, but series like Percy Jackson and The Olympians or the Kane Chronicles (both have mythology) are great, and Fablehaven and Five Kingdoms, etc. by Brandon Mull for anyone. I am an older teenager and would like to personally thank you for putting together lists like this so I can choose a random book off of it and not have to worry about what is inside, just enjoy it.

  56. Hi, there.
    Ty for making this list. Really it means a lot.
    And about a CLEAN YA book, I think you can try this The Last Boy and Girl in The World by Siobhan Vivian.

  57. Hi, there.
    Ty for making this list. Really it means a lot.
    And about a CLEAN YA book, I think you can try this The Last Boy and Girl in The World by Siobhan Vivian.
    🙂

  58. The Colours of Madeleine series by Jaclyn Moriarty – the titles are A Corner of White, the Cracks in the Kingdom and A Tangle of Gold.

  59. Return to Isle of the Shallows by Debra A White is great for tweens and teens. It tackles bullying issues very well in a fantasy adventure story. Other themes are familial bonds, friendship, love and respect among others.

  60. I would recommend Slated trilogy by teri terry, altough it has a few bad language though the whole series there isnt that much.

  61. A Thousand Night by EK Johnston. This book is SOO unique and beautifully written and perfectly clean

  62. I highly recommend the Keeper of the Lost Cities series by Shannon Messenger. It’s an absolutely amazing series, and it’s very clean.

  63. My son discovered the Bodyguard series by Chris Bradford. No language (at least not in the first 3 that I read.

  64. Love this site! So glad to see there is still demand for clean YA fiction as an author in that genre!

    My debut novel, The Heir of Ariad, is a YA fantasy free of profanity or sexual content. There’s some medieval action, but no gratuitous violence.

    1. Checkout The Gateway Chronicles series by K.B. Hoyle. There are 6 books in this series. The author was heavily influenced by C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and many others. There is a some violence and romance (kissing & feelings of love). I would recommend it for YA readers as the themes could be a little too intense for tweens. K.B. Hoyle also has another series out, The Breeder Cycle, but I have yet to read those.

      Thank you for this website!

    2. Thanks for the suggestions!
      Niki, I put The Heir of Ariad on my list in Goodreads. 🙂

  65. I have read the fable haven and dragon watch series and they are both great and clean. The dragon watch series is still coming out, though the third book of five just came out. I would recommend reading fable haven and then dragon watch because dragon watch is the sequel series of fable haven.

  66. The Kalila Chronicles by Erin R. Howard is a clean YA urban fantasy series. The first two are out now, and the third will be released in February.

  67. This list is amazing! I was looking for a list where lgbq is ruled out too or at least done tastefully, it’s hard to find new YA that I would let a kid read right now. Most of these books above, from what I remember and have read anyway, are pretty ‘straight’ too?

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